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RSJ Welcomes Assistant Professors Kalli Anderson and Adrian Ma

This fall, the Ryerson School of Journalism welcomes Kalli Anderson to the University’s LTF position and Adrian Ma to the tenure-stream.

Adrian Ma and Kalli Anderson in the Slaight Studio. (Gary Gould)

By: Daniela Olariu, RSJ ’17

This fall, the Ryerson School of Journalism welcomes Kalli Anderson as a new limited-term professor and  Adrian Ma as a new tenure-stream professor.

Anderson, an award-winning audio producer, documentary-maker and magazine journalist brings over a decade of experience to the school. She started teaching part-time at the Ryerson School of Journalism in 2016 after five years part-time in the Department of Liberal Studies at Humber College. Kalli has a BA from McGill University and a Master’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University

In her new role, she is leading the JRN 103/105 introductory courses for first year students, teaching multimedia feature writing and producing to third-year students and teaching advanced podcasting and audio documentary to fourth-year students.

Anderson got her start working in journalism at CKUT, a campus-community radio station in Montreal. She then worked as a fact-checker at The Walrus magazine and as head of research for Maisonneuve  magazine, before making her way back to radio working as a news reporter, documentary-maker and current affairs associate producer at CBC Montreal.

Kalli’s CBC radio docs have aired on The Doc Project, Out in the Open, Dispatches and The World this Weekend. Her feature writing has appeared in The Walrus, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, THIS Magazine, Toronto Life, Eye Weekly, and The Globe and Mail, among others.

Kalli has co-directed two short documentary films with the support of the National Film Board and the Toronto Arts Council. Her films have screened in festivals around the world. She is currently in post-production on her latest film, about a 61-year-old woman’s epic swim across Lake Superior this past summer. In shooting that film, she got to merge her life-long love of swimming and adventure with her passion for storytelling as she donned flippers and a snorkel to shoot underwater for the first time.

Kalli has won many awards such as a national RTDNA Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity Reporting and a Digital Publishing Award and nominated for others, such as the National Magazine Awards.

When she isn’t teaching, she’s trying to keep up with her two young children, cycling around the city and planning her next trip. Her favourite destinations are places with great food and big bodies of water, and she’s always looking for suggestions.

The Ryerson School of Journalism also welcomes award-winning professor, Adrian Ma to the university’s tenure track.

Adrian Ma

Ma graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Ryerson in 2009 and become a reporter and later producer at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s (CBC) digital desk. There, he was part of projects that were awarded the CBC President’s Award and Canadian Online Publishing Award.

In 2013, Ma returned to the school as a part-time instructor teaching digital reporting classes to second and third-year journalism students. In 2015, he became a limited-term professor contributing to the development of several new courses including Building the Brand, Designing Journalism and Boosting Media Techniques.

Ma was awarded the 2017 Dean’s Teaching Award, awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates teaching excellence. During the summer, Ma led Hong Kong 360, the first-ever multimedia documentary course that included a two-week reporting trip to Hong Kong.

In his new role, Ma is interested in exploring digital storytelling (experimenting with 360 video) and the efficacy of interactive online content.