By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18

In case you missed it, here’s what you should know about the Ryerson School of Journalism this month:

Journalism professor among 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize jurors

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Associate Professor, Kamal Al-Solaylee. Photo credit: RSJ.

Associate professor, Kamal Al-Solaylee joins the five-member jury for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The jury of international writers, includes fellow Canadians, Heather O’Neill and Maxine Bailey, as well as, American author, John Freeman and Philip Hensher from the U.K.

Al-Solaylee was awarded the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), which was also shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction.

Associate Professor, April Lindgren will serve as the next Velma Rogers Research Chair

April Lindgren Professor headshot

Associate Professor, April Lindgren. Photo credit: RSJ.

There’s a new Chair in town.

Beginning July 2018, Lindgren will serve as the Velma Rogers Research Chair in News Media and Technology, a title dedicated to the promotion of scholarly exploration into the relationship between information and communications technology and the practice of journalism.

As the founding academic director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre, Lindgren has enhanced the reputation of the journalism school and produced work that informed the ongoing debate about the state of local journalism, including the Local News Research Project.

Rana Latif becomes Project Lead for Global Learning at FCAD

FCAD Project Lead for Global Learning, Rana Latif. Photo credit: RSJ.

This month, the Faculty of Communications Art and Design (FCAD) gave a warm welcome to Rana Latif.

Latif will be responsible for the planning and implementation of new curricular programs and co-curricular partnerships within FCAD.

Using her experience as multimedia journalist, instructor and world traveller, Latif will also be project managing collaborations with international partners to grow FCAD’s global learning strategy.

Journalism professor supporting journalism innovation in South Africa

Asmaa Malik Assistant Professor headshot

Associate Professor, Asmaa Malik. Photo credit: RSJ.

Associate Professor, Asmaa Malik is working on the advisory board for the South African Journalism and Media Lab (JAMLAB), an accelerator that encourages journalism entrepreneurs to solve problems that challenge the country’s media.

In June 2017 the accelerator, run by Wits Journalism and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering in partnership with Ryerson University and Journalists for Human Rights, provided six teams with the tools, facilities and support they need to pursue their media startups.

The advisory board is currently raising funds to organize the program next year.

Journalism professor works with Latin Americans on mental health news coverage

Professor Gavin Adamson

Associate Professor, Gavin Adamson. Photo credit: RSJ.

Gavin Adamson is working with a team of researchers that will share recommendations for better reporting on mental health issues, with Latin American counterparts in Mexico and Chile.

The team was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to counter negative perceptions of mental illness generated by the media.