Asmaa Malik has been promoted to Associate Professor, fully tenured. (Photo by Narrative Drive)

By Daniela Olariu (RSJ ’17)


Five years ago, Asmaa Malik left her role as the deputy managing editor of the Gazette in Montreal and joined Ryerson.

Today, the Ryerson School of Journalism is proud to announce that she has been promoted to Associate Professor, fully tenured.

During her time on the tenure stream, she focused on teaching and engaging with young journalists while trying to understand the skills they need as journalism continues to change and adapt to a digital world.

At the same time, she was excited to explore issues that had come up during her practical time in the newsroom and  to take the time to research and develop them.

Some examples of this are The JeRI Project, projects she’s done with

The Future of Local News and work related to the coverage of Muslim women in media.

“Now that i’ve been promoted to tenure, I’m really excited to get the opportunity to focus on this as a part of my job going forward. I feel like I have a big boost to do that,” she said.

A lot of Malik’s teaching is related to journalism and entrepreneurship.

“The work that I do with projects at the DMZ, for example, is mentoring and helping shape programs that will help people working in news innovation take their ideas out into the world so that we can develop different models for news,” she said.

A large project that she will continue to work on in her new role is related to the Digital News Innovation Challenge – an incubator that was launched last year for companies.

“I’m trying to understand what innovators need to understand about journalism to do news innovation right, and what journalists need to understand about innovation to do news innovation right.

Malik was also recently appointed scholar in residence as a joint appointment with the Yeates School of Graduate Studies and the Learning & Teaching Office at Ryerson.



Her focus will be to review literature and scholarship related to graduate advising. She will also  develop workshops and plans for Ryerson faculty members to address issues of graduate advising with an emphasis on students from marginalized backgrounds.

“This is the first year of the new graduate curriculum and a real focus of that is making sure students have all the tools they need to report. As part of that, we are creating three courses directly related to them producing their MRP (Master’s Research Project),” Malik said.

Janice Neil, Chair of the RSJ, congratulated Malik on her new role.

“If her years here seem like they rushed by in a blur, it’s because she has been so busy: teaching a wide range of courses; pushing the innovation envelope with entrepreneurial zeal; serving as Graduate Program Director; and revamping the MJ curriculum,” she said.

“You’ve enriched our school, broadened our perspectives on journalism and deepened our world views.”