By: Jaclyn Mika (RSJ ’08)
The Ryerson School of Journalism is saying goodbye to two long-time staff members.
Lesley Salvadori, News Media Technical Coordinator, spent 31 years at RSJ. When she began, journalism broadcast was in the basement of Jorgenson Hall. She would go on to coordinate the transformation of the RCC’s newsrooms from analogue to digital.
Salvadori was RSJ’s longest-serving staff member and she will be greatly missed by staff and faculty.
“Lesley and I became friends when I began working in the School 14 years ago. She is one of the kindest and generous people I know. She has always been there for me personally and professionally. She has a way of making you laugh on your worst and best days,” said Bev Petrovic, Student Affairs’ Coordinator. “ I am so glad she is in my life. I miss her terribly as a colleague but am glad to keep calling her my friend.”
Over the years, Salvadori has taught RSJ students video production techniques, many of whom now work in journalism or related industries.
“Lesley was an amazing JRN instructor, she taught me everything I needed to know about the basics of video production and the techniques I need to excel in it,” said third-year student Sara Jabakhanji. “She was patient, approachable and overall a wonderful teacher.”
Salvadori was hired by RTA: School of Media, where she is now Manager, Production and Facilities.
“For 31 years, Lesley has been working in the School of Journalism and it is almost impossible to imagine her leaving our family,” said RSJ Chair, Janice Neil. “But while we may think of Lesley as ‘ours,’ she actually graduated from RTA, so they’ve hired an alum.”
Salvadori will remain with the school as instructor of JRN 310: Video Production Techniques.
Sally Goldberg Powell spent 17 years with RSJ. As the News Media Production Specialist (Post Production), she shepherded the department through the change from video to the world of digital editing. She was also instrumental in creating the graphics for school promotional materials and developing each new look for the school’s annual awards ceremony.
“I’m very sad Sally is leaving us—her design and production talents have given the RSJ a consistent, contemporary and snappy look,” said Neil.
Neil added that she was delighted Powell will continue teaching first-year students. Powell began teaching JRN 104: News Reporting Techniques a few years ago and will continue to do so.
Starting in September, Powell will begin her new position as an Instructional Technologist with Ryerson eLearning.
Like Salvadori, Goldberg’s colleagues are sad to see her go.
“I know Sally had been expanding her skills into eLearning and the new job is perfect for her, but we’ll miss her! This really is like a little family and while it’s hard to see someone leave, you’re delighted for their new opportunity. We’ve shared cookies in Gary’s office, birthdays, mini Christmas parties with our families and disastrous GO Train trips,” said Glover. “It won’t be the same without her.”