Awards 2017

On November 20, 2017 the School of Journalism celebrated its annual awards ceremony.  Hear from some of our students expressing their gratitude to the donors.

We’re Hiring!

We are currently accepting applications for a number of ​instructor​ ​positions​ ​anticipated​ ​to​ ​be​ ​available​ ​in​ ​the​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Journalism starting​ ​January​ ​2018.​ ​All​ ​course​ ​offerings​ ​are​ ​contingent​ ​on​ ​student​ ​enrollment​ ​and/or​ budgetary constraints. Applications must be received  no​ ​later​ ​than​ ​4​ ​p.m.​ ​local​ ​time,​ ​November​ ​14,​ ​2017. To learn more about the position you can…

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We’re Hiring!

We are currently accepting applications for a tenure-stream assistant professor. To learn more about the position you can view the full job posting here.

Ryerson Open House 2017

This is an event you won’t want to miss! Visit Ryerson’s distinctly urban campus for the opportunity to tour our campus and facilities, chat with future professors, current students, student services, and more! See for yourself what makes Ryerson Canada’s leading university for innovation and career relevant learning.

Click here to register for the event.

Takeaways from RRJ’s Fall 2017 conference on disaster reporting

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca When foreign journalists descend upon places recently torn apart by natural disasters, they are often given more access than they are used to at home. But Canada’s bureau chief for the New York Times, Catherine Porter said if you want to cover tragedy with respect and sincerity, you have…

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Headliner profile: Wendy Mesley (RSJ ’90)

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca If you ask Wendy Mesley what she remembers most about journalism school at Ryerson in the late ‘70s, she’ll tell you about the nights spent drinking with friends in the upstairs bar of the Imperial Pub. “I remember making friends and having fun,” she said with a laugh, a…

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Headliner profile: David Skok (RSJ ’02)

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca This year, David Skok was inducted into the Ryerson School of Journalism (RSJ) Headliners hall of fame, a title given to distinguished alumni. This is the story of his career, starting from his time as a student at the RSJ. As an intern at The Team radio on 1050…

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Facebook-RSJ-DMZ partnership tackles issues of digital news

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca This week, Ryerson’s school of journalism announced the Digital News Innovation Challenge to drive innovation for Canadian journalism and news organizations, in a three-way partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project and the Digital Media Zone (DMZ).   The challenge will give five chosen startups up to $100,000 in non-dilutive…

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Lead with caution on social media, j-school profs advise

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca Social media can be a journalist’s best friend, or their worst enemy – depending on who you’re talking to and on what day. Sometimes the biggest challenge is trying to build a distinguishable brand while remaining impartial about the topics you discuss.   In October the New York Times…

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2017 RSJ Awards Luncheon

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca It’s time to pull out your fancy shoes and start practicing your smile for the 2017 RSJ Awards Luncheon. The annual awards ceremony will take place at noon on Nov. 20 in the Alumni Room at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The lunch will host the deserving award recipients of…

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RRJ tackles disaster coverage in fall conference

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca This month the Ryerson Review of Journalism (RRJ) is hosting a conference titled, Covering Disasters: a critical lens. The student-led conference brings together industry veterans as well as Ryerson professors to discuss how we cover disasters and what we can learn from past experiences. The keynote address will be…

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RSJ students reflect on fast-paced fall internships

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca As the first round of six-week undergraduate internships wrapped up last month, we spoke to some fourth-year students about their experiences on the job at fast-paced Toronto news organizations. Each semester, final-year students in the masthead and internship stream of the Bachelor of Journalism program spend six weeks interning at…

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Students mingle with industry professionals at Pub Talks 2017

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca The Ryerson Journalism Course Union (JCU) hosted their annual networking event, Pub Talks, this month, an evening full of networking, mingling and munching. Desmond Cole, Ginella Massa and Kevin McGran were among the names on this year’s guest list at the Nov. 10 event at Joey Eaton Centre. Miriam…

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Trinity College professor urges academy to uphold free speech

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca On the evening of June 18, 2017, Johnny Eric Williams was angry. He had just finished reading about the acquittal of Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez on charges related to the death of Black motorist Philando Castille and he was “enraged” by the court’s decision. The sociology professor from…

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Journalists must dig deeper to help readers understand extremism: Researcher

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca   Canadian newsrooms should create beats on specific extremist groups so reporters can better understand the stories they are covering and get the facts right, advises a Dalhousie researcher who studies media coverage of terrorism. Speaking at a Ryerson Journalism Research Centre event entitled “Reporting News Versus Being Used,”…

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Local news conference attracts global audience

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca More than 100 journalists and scholars from around the world gathered this summer for “Is No Local News Bad News? Local Journalism and its Future,” a conference hosted by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre (RJRC). Attendees from Poland, Australia, France, the U.S., the U.K. and Canada met at the…

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RSJ welcomes assistant professor Sonya Fatah

By: Daniela Olariu, RSJ ’17 daniela.olariu@ryerson.ca This fall, the Ryerson School of Journalism welcomes Sonya Fatah to the faculty to co-teach the masthead courses dedicated to producing the Ryersonian and the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Fatah, who is coming on board in a newly created assistant professor LTF position, brings 15 years of experience practicing and teaching journalism…

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RSJ professor Ann Rauhala named new FCAD Teaching Chair

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18  sphillips@ryerson.ca   Veteran journalism professor and former associate chair Ann Rauhala has been named the 2017-18 Teaching Chair for the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University. In her new position, Rauhala hopes to bring together students and professors from all nine of the faculty’s schools to encourage…

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New RSJ award honours memory of acclaimed photojournalist Boris Spremo

By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18 sphillips@ryerson.ca A new Ryerson School of Journalism award has been created in memory of acclaimed Toronto Star photojournalist Boris Spremo, who died in August at the age of 81. The Boris Spremo Photojournalism Award, initiated by his family and valued at $1,000, will assist a deserving undergraduate student from the RSJ photojournalism…

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Video: Online course shows just how journalism matters

WATCH THE TRAILER: “Making a Difference: How Journalism Matters” is a dynamic new e-learning class that uses interactive tools, case studies, seminar discussions and video clips to help students engage with varying insights and debates on the issues in the purposes, aspirations, ethics and law of journalism. For Ryerson students, the course code is NNS 344…

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Welcome, RSJ Class of 2021!

The Ryerson School of Journalism welcomed 140 first-year students into the Bachelor of Journalism program this fall. Classes started on Sept. 5 after a full day of exciting orientation activities on Aug. 29. (Photo by Gary Gould)

We’re hiring!

The Ryerson School of Journalism is accepting applications for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 semester.

Applications must be received by the School of Journalism no later than 4 p.m. local time, May 26, 2016.

Postings can be found below.

A grand success: Ryerson Journalism Formal

      May 8, 2016 CHRISTIANE BEYA (RSJ ’18) cbeya@ryerson.ca 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…

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Veteran broadcaster offers advice on how to survive the freelance jungle

CHRISTIANE BEYA (RSJ ’18) cbeya@ryerson.ca “You can survive and you can thrive as a freelancer,” says veteran investigative reporter and Ryerson instructor Robert Osborne. “And you can be pretty happy about it because you will direct your own life, to a large extent.” Osborne, now a freelance journalist and producer, offered RSJ students guidance on how…

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RSJ grad student Kira Wakeam wins CBC fellowship

CHRISTIANE BEYA (RSJ ’18) cbeya@ryerson.ca This summer, second-year master’s of journalism student Kira Wakeam embarks on the prestigious Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship, which will take her to CBC newsrooms across the country, and the continent. One of eight aspiring Canadian journalists selected in the program, Wakeam discusses her plans for the four-month fellowship, which will include a six-week stint…

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TRC Commissioner and former journalist Wilson delivers Atkinson lecture

Building trust and understanding context is essential to telling indigenous stories: Wilson February 9, 2016 CHRISTIANE BEYA, RSJ ’18 cbeya@ryerson.ca Journalists must “listen with their heart” when they are reporting on sensitive issues, especially when they are covering Canada’s indigenous communities, said Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson, delivering this year’s Atkinson lecture. The independent commission…

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RSJ faculty showcase research at Rubix

The Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) highlighted the research of its faculty members Nov. 4 with Rubix, where researchers displayed their work and discussed it with members of the students, fellow faculty members, and members of the community.

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Gallery: 2015 Ontario Universities Fair

This year’s Ontario Universities Fair (OUF) ran from Sept. 25 to 27 and attracted more than 120,000 students, parents and educators over three days. The Ryerson School of Journalism was there answering questions from students and explaining the finer points of the program.

A fresh digital start for RSJ

The new school year is starting on a fresh digital note for the Ryerson School of Journalism — the school’s website and the online presence of the Ryersonian both got a complete upgrade this summer.

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New RSJ curriculum launches this fall

Focuses on building entrepreneurial and digital skills throughout undergraduate program Republished Aug. 30, 2015 By Tristan Simpson “Seismic change” in journalism has prompted the Ryerson School of Journalism to launch its new undergraduate curriculum this fall. Features of the new curriculum, which was approved by the Senate last October, include teaching entrepreneurial journalism, offering new interdisciplinary opportunities…

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This year, In Session makes course decisions easier

New j-school site home to interactive course descriptions, examples of student work and access to training materials Aug. 30, 2015 This year, on the new RSJ In Session website, it’s all about choice. Where else can you watch journalism professors make the case for students to take their elective courses? Or view work from fellow students…

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RRJ launch party celebrates Spring issue

March 26, 2015 The corruption scandal in Montreal, issues with crowd-funded environmental journalism, and CBC host Evan Solomon’s political show are some of the topics discussed in this year’s edition of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, which held its annual launch party March 24. About 80 Ryerson students, staff members and guests gathered to toast…

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