Professor Anne McNeilly

Anne McNeilly
Associate Professor

Anne McNeilly began teaching Ryerson students after more than 25 years as a journalist including 18 years at The Globe and Mail and eight years prior to that as a news reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and the Kitchener-Waterloo Record where she won six provincial newspaper awards for feature writing, beat reporting, column writing and spot news.

After joining The Globe, Anne held a variety of positions including: copy chief, managing a copy desk of 14 editors; assistant national editor where she helped co-ordinate national news coverage: and assistant arts editor where she oversaw annual coverage of the Cannes film festival and Toronto’s International Film Festival (TIFF).  In 2000, she joined a six-member team that launched the paper’s new Focus section. Her most unforgettable week in news followed Sept. 11, 2001, when the Focus team worked almost around the clock to pull together three feature sections in four days.

When she arrived at Ryerson, she mistakenly believed it would give her more time to work on a novel that she now hopes to finish sometime this century.

Hons BA (English), Queen’s University

MA (Journalism), University of Western Ontario

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Canadian Communication Association, Canadian Association of Journalists

Her research focuses on language use in the digital age and the impact on news and communication as well as the teaching and scholarship of journalism education. .

JRN 202 – Editing Essentials

JRN 501 – Sampling the Beats

McNeilly, A. Storytelling in the Digital Age, International School, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, April 2016.

McNeilly, A. Journalism Ethics 101 in  China, CCA Conference, Calgary,  May  2016

McNeilly, A.  Amazing Discoveries Speaker Series, Ryerson University, September 2015.

McNeilly, A.  Eliminating Online Trolls, The Current, CBC, Guest Speaker, February 2015

McNeilly, A.  Minimum Marking: A Success Story, The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and    Learning. Volume 5: Issue 1, November 2014

McNeilly, A. and Rauhala, A. The Education of Young Journalists in a Converged Media Landscape, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 11(5): 11-22. Fall 2012

McNeilly, Anne and Smith, Joyce: How to Create a Picture with 1,000 words, published by AEJMC (Association for Education of Journalism and Mass Communication),  in Great Ideas for Teachers collection and on DVD. August 2011

McNeilly, Anne. “Tell Your Story in Six Words,” published in Great Ideas for Teachers collection and on DVD,  August, 2010

McNeilly, A Righting Rite in a 2.0 World, Toward 2020 Conference, Toronto, May, 2014

McNeilly, A. Minimal Markup, The Poynter Institute, Florida, June, 2014

McNeilly, A. In Search of the Comma, Canadian Communication Association, June, 2013

McNeilly, A. Education of Young Journalists, Eleventh Annual Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Madrid, Spain, June, 2011

McNeilly, A. Are Tech-Savvy Young Journalists ready for a Brave New Digital World?  Rethinking Youth Cultures in the Age of Global Media, Institute of Education, London, England, June, 2011

McNeilly, A. Don’t look for justice in Ontario’s ‘debate’ on wind turbines, Op-Ed column, TorontoStar,

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/04/09/dont_look_for_justice_in_Ontarios_debate_on_wind_turbines.html   April 2013

McNeilly, A. Plagiarism is only as wrong as we make it, J-Source, The Canadian Journalism Project.  http://www.j-source.ca/article/plagiarism-only-wrong- we-make-it    September 2012

McNeilly, A.  Maybe something is old, but is it news? J-Source, The Canadian Journalism Project. http://www.j-source.ca/article/maybe-something-old-it-news- media-coverage-peter-mackays-wedding January, 2012.