RSJ welcomes assistant professor Sonya Fatah

By: Daniela Olariu, RSJ ’17

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 to the school. She has previously taught here, at Humber College and Centennial College, as well as a diploma journalism program in India.

In her new role, she’s teaching a combination of fourth-year undergraduate students and second-year master’s candidates. Fatah will also be developing strategies and leading masthead students on building audience, branding and finding new partnerships and business opportunities.

You may recognize Fatah from last semester when she taught the second year feature writing and current Affairs course. Students and faculty can expect to see more of her as she steps into her new position.

“Shuttling between the Ryersonian and the Ryerson Review of Journalism promises to be equal parts challenging and rewarding, and it’s also a great opportunity to develop greater synergy between the RSJ brands,” says Fatah. “Both publications – while serving different audiences and formats – provide soon-to-be-graduating Ryerson students with a wonderful opportunity to practice multimedia journalism. I’m excited about being a part of that journey.”

Fatah comes to Ryerson with a rich background in international reporting and writing, having worked as a journalist in India, Pakistan, South Africa and Canada. She has written for numerous Canadian publications, including the The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maclean’s and The Walrus.

Fatah was based in New Delhi for eight years where she was an India correspondent for the Boston-based web publication, (now Public Radio International). During her time in India, she authored a column on Indo-Pakistan issue for The Times of India, the world’s largest-selling English-language daily.

She has also produced radio and feature film documentaries. Fatah directed and produced I, Dance, a documentary feature film about a Pakistani classical dancer who confronts state-dictated cultural ideology by defying a ban on Indian classical dance forms. 

In addition to her teaching experience in journalism, Fatah has also taught, drama to high school students in Pakistan and English as a Foreign Language at Shanxi Agricultural University in China.

When Fatah is not at Ryerson, she’s occupied with her two boys, ages six and eight, and the family’s new addition, a puppy. Sonya is passionate about traveling both within Canada and overseas. She is fascinated by the intersection of politics, religion and cultural identity, and believes in challenging imagined borders and identities.