Week 4 (2015)

A Cup of Rust

Producer/Writer: Jaime Myslik
Technical Producer: Mark Valcour

About the documentary:

Coffee farmers in Central America are facing one of the worst environmental disease epidemics in years – and their coffee trees are dying. In 2013 the disease was proving disastrous for many of them, even those certified with the “Fairtrade” label. The fair trade movement helps producers get better prices – but when trouble hits, coffee farmers are often left on their own. Jaime Myslik went to the hills of Nicaragua in the summer of 2013 to find out what this meant.

About the producer:

Jaime Myslik
Jaime Myslik

While Jaime Myslik will always enjoy working in radio she is currently a print reporter, her true calling, for a community paper in southern Ontario. She graduated from Carleton University with a master of journalism degree in 2014. For her thesis she completed a radio documentary where she spent two months in Nicaragua researching fair trade coffee farms and coffee rust. She received an IDRC grant to complete her research.


3D Printing Is Hot Stuff

Producers/Writers: Steph Varga and Chris Chang-Yen Phillips

About the documentary:

Description: From CJSR’s All That Matters, producers Steph Varga and Chris Chang-Yen Phillips try out the 3D printers at the Edmonton Public Library’s Makerspace, and ask if the technology will really turn us from consumers of stuff into creators.

About the producers:

Steph Varga
Steph Varga

Steph Varga is a reporter on CJSR’s arts and culture program All That Matters. Stephanie is also an aspiring high school math teacher and currently works as a substitute teacher for Edmonton Public Schools. She graduated in 2007 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree with major in math and minor in computer science. In 2012 she received a Bachelor of Secondary Education after-degree in mathematics and physics.

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips is a storyteller, people weaver, and the News Coordinator for CJSR 88.5 FM in Edmonton.

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips (Photo credit: Trevor Chow-Fraser)

Born and raised in Edmonton, his education has taken him to many corners of the world and back home to tell stories through radio and writing. Chris spent most of his university career at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Along the way, he studied Mandarin at Sichuan University in western China, and studied and worked in Ghana through Trent’s International Development Studies partnership with the University of Ghana.

He’s had his hand in print and online media, as well in radio production and podcasting. He has worked as a freelance writer for Edmonton’s Vue Weekly and as a reporter and associate editor at Trent’s Arthur newspaper. He also worked for CBC Radio in Toronto as a 2011 Peter Gzowski intern, where he produced for shows like Metro Morning, Big City Small World, and As It Happens. In 2012 he was named one of Alberta’s Top 30 Under 30 by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation.

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