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New broadcast instructor “thrilled” to join U of R journalism faculty

Posted by: admin | On: 8th May, 2018 | Faculty

Layton Burton brings over 35 years’ experience to the J-School.

The University of Regina School of Journalism is pleased to announce the appointment of veteran news videographer and filmmaker Layton Burton as a Broadcast Lab Instructor.

Burton brings to the job more than 35 years’ experience working with CTV and CBC, as well as teaching experience and mentoring experience with numerous organizations, including the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative and the Faculty of Media Arts and Performance at the U of R.

Burton, who joins the School on July 1, says he is thrilled and eager to meet the School’s students. “I remember being one of them myself so many years ago,” he said. “I am one of the lucky few who will be able to give back what so many professionals and mentors in my career have given me: time and experience.”

Students will be learning from one of the best. Burton has worked on dozens of feature films, documentaries and multi-camera live productions as an independent director of photography and Steadicam owner-operator.

“I cannot wait for the opportunity to challenge journalism students to think with their mind’s eye. What is a story without pictures? They are fundamental to news, current affairs and documentary,” he said.

Burton is active in the film community, including serving as a board member for the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association and a student film club mentor at Mother Teresa Middle School in Regina.

He has some big shoes to fill, with the retirement of Broadcast Lab Instructor Robin Lawless. During his 14-year tenure, Lawless kept the School’s equipment and teaching ahead of the curve on major technical developments, including the advent of digital media and high-definition TV. Lawless’ work ensured J-School students have access to cutting edge learning and equipment, making graduates in high demand in the nation’s newsrooms.

Journalism acting head Patricia Elliott says she looks forward to a smooth transition in the teaching program. “We are very grateful for the U of R’s ongoing commitment to the field of journalism,” she said. “Our academic colleagues clearly understand that a free press is fundamental to democracy, and that supporting journalism teaching and research are important contributions to Canadian public life.”