Job Title:Professor/Program Coordinator, Journalism
Employer:Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Grad Year:1989
Degree(s):Master of Journalism
Expertise:Education, Journalism, Media, Toronto Area

What makes you a good mentor?

I enjoy discussing approaches to teaching and learning, and I hope I can offer some insights on starting and growing a career in journalism.

About Michael Karapita

Michael Karapita, Coordinator of the Journalism Program at Humber College in Toronto, has been a working Journalist for over 25 years. He is a graduate of Victoria College at the University of Toronto where he studied English and Political Science. Mike went on to do his Master of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.

His journalism career began at the Canadian Press where he worked as a national editor. He then made the move to broadcast, writing national news for Lloyd Robertson at CTV National News, then to the CBC where he wrote for the National with Peter Mansbridge, advancing to the position of producer and senior producer for local, national and international news. He went on to become an Executive Producer at CBC Radio. While at CBC, he helped create several shows including CBC News: Today on television, and Sounds Like Canada on CBC Radio. He was nominated for a Gemini award for his work in private television in Toronto. He continues to work part time as a senior writer for, a senior TV editor for CBC News Network, and as a corporate trainer for CBC.

Mike’s career at Humber began in 2004 and for the last seven years he has been Coordinator of the Journalism program. He was named Media Studies Professor of the Year at the University of Guelph Humber in 2009, and he primarily teaches final year students in Humber’s diploma program and in the new 4-year Bachelor of Journalism program. In recognition of his teaching and speaking skills, he has been selected for the past four years as a mentor for new professor hires at Humber, and has been also involved in a cross-college working group on student literacy issues.

In January 2012 Mike was honoured as a distinguished Alumnus of the University of Toronto and in the Spring of 2012 was an invited guest of the Government of Bhutan, working in the remote Himalayan country with educators and government officials on applications and strategies surrounding Social Media. Mike has also spoken at conferences around the world about his work with digital journalism.