May 8, 2016
CHRISTIANE BEYA (RSJ ’18)
For the third year in a row, the Ryerson Journalism Course Union hosted its semi-formal, A Grand Affair, on April 7 at Fountain Blu on the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.
“I think it went really well,” said JCU president Madonna Dennis. “We had a lot of people and some people did show up a little later than what we expected.” This year was the first time the event has sold out.
The award ceremony featured many talented journalism students, staff and faculty members. Students were nominated for both written and visual pieces. Winners were selected by their peers.
Zeinab Saidoun, who won the award for best lower-year written piece, says she was hesitant about writing her story for The Eyeopener. She is proud of winning the award mainly because the piece she worked on was a personal one.
“I never thought I’d have the guts to write the story in the first place let alone win an award for it,” said Saidoun. “It’s a blessing learning and growing with my peers at Ryerson who are all so talented and beyond inspiring.”
Shantia Cross and Rashmiya IIankeswaren were among the winners of the best lower-year video piece.
“I applied because I was really proud of the video and I thought my group would want something out of it too,” said Cross.
“It was cool finding out we were nominated and winning felt just amazing because we worked hard on that video piece,” said IIankeswaren. “It was nice getting recognized for our hard work that’s not just letter grades for school.”
For Jacob Dubé, winner of the best second-year feature, winning the award means that what he’s doing matters.
“I felt like that was probably the best thing I’ve ever written. It was definitely the thing that I put the most work in, it was the first feature that I did outside of class so I was really proud of it,” said Dubé.