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Published on March 31, 2014 | by Catherine Chen     Photography by Catherine Chen


GuHu Media Explains Disappearance

Its poster board was once filled with photos, contact information, and current news. Its contribution to the media studies program was “dedicated to bring all media students together, to work with and aid one another, and to explore as well as practice industry skills outside the classroom.” Media students questioned the mission statement this year; however, GuHu Media is using the blank slate to rebuild the club.

Created two years ago, as the first media club at Guelph-Humber, members started off with roughly 60 people. Kalyna Taras, current GuHu Media president said there was not much feedback from the students and felt as if the communication effort was redundant.

“Our biggest problem has been communicating. Not many students would come forward as being interested in working with GuHu and that’s primarily why we stopped emailing constantly.”

The media club delivered emails on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to share and provide news and opportunities within the industry as well as updates about the club.

Former Vice-President, Josh McNamara said that the emails stopped because he left the society.

“Though I can’t confirm, I’d also say radio has pretty much died as well. From my point of view, and I could be wrong, GuHu became too focused on TV production and less about what it was intended to be,” said McNamara.

It was supposed to be “a creative avenue which would expand the curriculum at GH.” That was part of Taras’ vision when she created the media club with McNamara. She wanted a place to practice the technical skills that she felt she was not getting in class. She also knew that many other people wanted to do more hands-on work outside of the classroom.

Taras added “it has also given students a place to meet and make new friends, try out different media work before having to specialize in the program and the chance to connect with students of all years to get an idea of what the program, classes and professors are like.”

GuHu Media has produced their own live online radio shows, a GuHu original TV show called “Original Talk” also known as “OGT” and planning and hosting events, such as media networking fairs and the winter speaker series.

While the club was able to accomplish 20 episodes of OGT and over 20 radio shows since its conception, these projects were nowhere to be seen and heard this year.

It was due to technical reasons, said Taras.

“Many times the TV studio equipment wouldn’t be working or the sound booth would have a problem for radio. The facility has been undergoing renovations to make it a great place for all students to be able to create content in the coming years.”

Taras said workload management and initiative from first and second year students were also factors that played into the lack of content produced.

“Many executive members – myself included – really struggle to lead in third and fourth year because of the workload. Without first and second year members taking initiative and simply without many being part of GuHu, it’s been hard to organize and hard for projects to be completed.”

Current vice-president Kirk Jennings commented that “Many students may not know this, but this year all the societies have been restructured, meaning more executive positions being opened up and responsibilities being altered.  There is a lot more involved than simply putting a show on the air. We plan on taking on even more members in September.”

With Taras graduating this year, she is passing the presidential role to Jennings.

From going to a member to taking on an executive role, Jennings described that groundwork has been laid this year. Him and the team plan on setting up a format for all divisions to work together.

“We now have four divisions including TV, radio, PR and communication and events. As president, I will oversee all society activity and maintain communication between members, executives and Student Life.”

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One Response to GuHu Media Explains Disappearance

  1. Kalyna Taras says:

    I would like to clarify that a lot of other factors contributed to the, as you called it, “disappearance” of GuHu Media this year.

    1. We have been here working hard behind-the-scenes. As Kirk mentioned, the institution (GH) has been restructuring how society’s function and a lot of the work we have been doing this year has been with Student Life to figure out how GuHu can continue to succeed.

    2. Technical problems were not the cause of our lack of production, but a contributing factor to the overall struggle. While not quoted incorrectly, I also said “In addition, we’ve struggled with the technology” not that is it was the main reason students haven’t seen any shows. There is always a solution and we used other means to produce shows we just never posted them as the final products weren’t to the standard we had set for ourselves (Kirk can correct me if this is wrong). I tried to emphasize that communication and commitment were the biggest struggles.

    3. There have been a handful of executive members come and go over the past two years (as they got too busy with school and other commitments) so excuse us for trying to build a foundation with an ever changing executive. It hasn’t been any one person’s fault for, what some people may see as failures … nor was any one person responsible for the society’s successes.

    Everyone needs to remember we are very new and trying to figure out what practises work best for GuHu. While the society first started by pushing out masses of content we’ve spend the past year or so working more internally. Though it may not look like it from the outside student body, we’ve been building ourselves internally to be successful in every way.

    Classes are only 24 weeks a school year and while we work over Christmas and the summer, that is not a lot of time to create content when we need groups of students who are all available at the same time and willing to communicate and commit to what they sign up to do.

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