By Stefanie Phillips, RSJ ’18

Anne Goldman’s Press Pass from her time as a Ryerson School of Journalism student. Credit: Sandy Goldman

A new Ryerson School of Journalism Award has been created in memory of former student and beloved mother, Anne Goldman who died last year at age 90.

The Anne Goldman Travel Award in Journalism, initiated by her daughter, Sandy Goldman and estimated at $1,000, will assist a mature, female student in the journalism program.

Anne grew up in Toronto where she excelled in school, but due to dire economic circumstances she was unable to attend university. Instead, she went straight to work as a bookkeeper. In 1946, she married Nathan Goldman and together they built a life for their four children.

Even in her busy life as a devoted mother and wife, Anne always made time for her quiet evenings spent reading the newspaper, keeping up with current affairs at home and abroad.

“She always wanted to be a journalist,” her daughter, Sandy, said. “She had a consuming interest in current affairs, history, economics and politics.”

When only her youngest child, Sandy, was left at home, Anne decided to go to university. She started at Ryerson in the early 1970s as a politics student, later enrolling in the Ryerson School of Journalism, where she wrote for the Ryersonian.

“Her life was spent doing things for others but this was something she did for herself,” Sandy said.

The Anne Goldman Travel Award in Journalism is open to female students in the undergraduate program, with preference given to a mature student. To apply for the award, students are required to submit a story pitch with an investigative angle on any one of the following topics: families, health, education, the environment, politics, economics, immigrants or the disenfranchised. The pitch can be for any platform. The award is intended to offset any travel costs required to fulfill the pitch.

“We need journalists more than ever so I’m very happy to support some investigative work and the program at Ryerson,” Sandy said.