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February 2018
Tomorrow: 2018 Atkinson Lecture
Carol Off to give a public talk about relationships between journalists and their sources

Join us this month for the annual Ryerson School of Journalism Atkinson Lecture featuring this year's guest speaker, Carol Off, host of CBC's As It Happens .

Off will be discussing her latest book,  All We Leave Behindand the evolving relationship between journalists and their sources.

The lecture will be delivered on Feb. 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the Sears Atrium inside the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre at Ryerson University. There will be a reception following the lecture (full story). 

The event will be live streamed here
Update: Digital News Innovation Challenge

A website to help children understand the news, a mobile platform that provides newsrooms with better access to eyewitness videos, and an online platform for distributing newscasts on voice-activated devices were among the ideas-in-progress at the recent launch of the  Digital News Innovation Challenge.

Nearly 100 journalists, aspiring entrepreneurs and students attended the Jan. 25 launch of the Canada-wide incubation program in Ryerson University's DMZ. The event was an opportunity to learn more about how to become one of five journalism startups accepted into the Facebook-sponsored program. The teams selected through the Challenge process will each have access to up to $100,000 in seed capital  (full story).   
RRJ's Pull Quotes podcast takes a critical look at digital news incubator

Ryerson's journalism school is partnering with Facebook on a digital news incubator. The Columbia Journalism Review's Mathew Ingram joins the discussion ( full podcast ).
Ryersonian examines RSJ and Facebook partnership

Have an idea for how to fight back against "fake news?" Facebook says it wants your input.

On Jan. 25, the DMZ hosted a symposium in partnership with Facebook and the Ryerson School of Journalism called the Digital News Innovation Challenge. They unveiled more of Ryerson's upcoming partnership with the social media giant and some of the issues they hope to challenge the community to tackle.

The Digital News Innovation Challenge will provide a competition-style opportunity for those at Ryerson to develop and showcase their ideas, centred around improving the challenges that Facebook sees in today's media landscape  ( full story ).
Tips: Improving Your Digital Safety
What journalists need to know about cyber security

This year, an article in the Columbia Journalism Review explored how  basic cyber security intelligence  has become "essential" for all journalists. But based on data collected by the Citizen Lab, most journalism schools are still not doing enough to prepare young journalists for online dangers that threaten to expose their sources and colleagues.

We sat down with RSJ data journalism professor and CBC senior developer of news interactives, William Wolfe-Wylie, to compile a list of 10 things every journalist needs to know about cyber security.
Wolfe-Wylie said cyber security is particularly important for journalists because they are public figures who tend to be "rocking the boat," which often makes them targets for hackers.

"They're targets of people who disagree with their coverage. They're targets of people who are in positions of power. They're targets of people who want a heads up on what tomorrow's news is going to be. They're targets of rivals," he said. "But none of those things are particularly unique to journalists. ... These same techniques apply to the vast majority of humanity. Journalists, as members of the vast majority of humanity, get to be concerned about it." (full story)
Panel: Disability in the Media 
How reporters can improve disability coverage

A reporter's commitment to responsible journalism isn't complete after a style-guide consultation.

That isn't enough, according to David Perry, Pacific Standard columnist and father of a boy with Down syndrome while addressing a full room at the Rogers Communications Centre on Feb. 5. Perry said consulting a style guide is only the first step for journalists wanting to accurately represent disability communities in their reporting.

"The issues of agency and representation are deeper than which specific word you use, so I think a lot of people...call up the style guide and think that the work is done," he said   ( full story ). 
Conference: Highlights from NASH 80 
Spotlight on newsroom practices and diversity

Student journalists from across Canada were challenged to rethink representation and diversity in the newsroom at the 80th annual NASH conference.

The rethinking started with the keynote address on Jan. 4 by CityNews anchor Ginella Massa, who was introduced as Canada's first hijab-wearing television news reporter.  Massa reminded the room of over 250 student journalists at The Chelsea Hotel in Toronto that the job comes with the privilege of choice; to choose which voices get heard and whose stories get told  ( full story ). 
CJR's Kyle Pope on the importance of media criticism today

The breakdown of trust between journalists and the public is due in large part to the decimation of local news, says Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of the  Columbia Journalism Review.

Though subscription levels to the  New York Times and  Washington Post have spiked in the last 12 months, and the  Columbia Journalism Review's own audience is also roughly 50 per cent higher, smaller publications have not benefited from the "Trump bump" and are still struggling, Pope said during a recent presentation at the Ryerson School of Journalism ( full story). 
New study uses meditation as a tool for student journalists

Ryerson journalism students are participating in a study investigating whether mindfulness and meditation can help them cope better with the stresses of the job.

A four-week course led by associate professor Ann Rauhala and assistant professor Lisa Taylor, both from the School of Journalism, will introduce student journalists to mindfulness strategies for dealing with the anxiety arising from interviewing and may also help participants handle the stresses of deadlines and career uncertainty  ( full story ).
Grads at Work
Karon Liu
(RSJ '08)

Food writer
Toronto Star

How did you get into food writing?

I did a six-week internship with The National Post as part of my program because I was specializing in the newspaper stream. I hated it. I wasn't very good at it. I did the crime and court reporting and it was really emotionally draining, you know? After that I took up an internship at Toronto Life magazine and the first week that I was there they started an online food blog. They needed content and as an intern desperate to get clippings of any sort I was like, 'You know what? I'll do it.' So slowly, slowly over the years I gained knowledge about food and then that made me want to pick up a knife and try out some of the dishes and ingredients that the chefs were talking about. It made me want to try new restaurants. That is what got me into food writing and made me want to pursue it as a full-time career  ( full story ). 

Grads at Work is an occasional series of profiles of RSJ alums. If you know of a notable grad you'd like to see featured, send us an email at office.journalism@ryerson.ca.
RSJ Voices
Video: Grads reflect on j-school experience 

Marta Iwanek (RSJ '12) 

"Throughout those four years, you are basically a journalist and you are in this very nurturing environment where people are helping you hone those skills." Watch here.

Watch all RSJ Voices interviews  here.
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Upcoming Events
Feb.14, 2018
Atkinson lecture with Carol Off, Sears Atrium, George Vari Engineering Building, (starts at 10 a.m).
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