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May 2017
Indigenous Online Resource 
Indigenous reporting website makes first splash

Students and faculty looking for ideas and information for reporting on local Indigenous People can now search through the school's new website "Reporting on Indigenous Issues". 

"Whether you're looking for tips on terminology or research leads, we hope this important resource is helpful to you," says Duncan McCue, host of CBC's Cross Country Check-Up and a visiting journalist to the Ryerson School of Journalism.

McCue acted as a consultant for the website which was produced with support from the university's Aboriginal Education Council

It's just one of the steps the school is taking to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action No. 86, which asked Canadian journalism schools to teach " the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools."
Personal Branding
Why journalists should study personal branding 

There was a time, not too long ago, that combining journalism and marketing seemed to be an incongruous mix. In old school newsrooms, the division between editorial and corporate interests (i.e. revenue generation) was often considered akin to the separation of church and state. Well, at least that's what Good Night, and Good Luck made it seem like.

These days, there's an increasingly blurred line between journalism and marketing, as sponsored content and native advertising becomes primed to replace traditional advertising on news sites. As part of this new economic reality and mixed media landscape, it's become extremely useful for journalists to have some understanding of content marketing strategies, particularly when it comes to building strong brands, both corporate and personal ( full story). 

Faculty ushers book on press freedom

Threats to press freedom are actually threats to the public's right to know, says the co-editor of a new book that examines efforts to undermine Canadian journalists' abilities to do their jobs.

Lisa Taylor, a lawyer, award-winning journalist and assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism (RSJ), said that the discourse surrounding press freedom in recent years is worrisome because it overlooks the real cost of restrictions on journalistic work ( full story).
Conference: Local News and Its Future 

Local reporting builds community, holds power accountable and helps citizens make informed decisions. The conference (June 3-4) is an opportunity to examine disruptions in local journalism, share groundbreaking research and discuss real-world responses to the dramatic changes that are reshaping the local news landscape (full story).

Join us at the Ryerson School of Journalism for this urgent and timely discussion. See a full list of events and register here. #LocalNews17
Award Season
RSJ grads featured during awards season

RSJ '98 graduate Joanna Frketich won the journalist of the year award at the Ontario Newspaper Awards as the season kicked into gear in April. 

The National Newspaper Awards are on May 5. See this story for RSJ nominations.
RRJ grads honoured in prestigious award programs

Students from last year's Ryerson Review of Journalism scooped up three nominations for this year's 40 th  anniversary of the National Magazine Awards.  In addition, they also earned one nomination from the Digital Publishing Awards.

Two RRJ grads are nominated for Best New Magazine Writer by the National Magazine Awards: Viviane Fairbank for her article, Hot Mess, in the Ryerson Review of Journalism and Eternity Martis for her story, Know Your History, Know Your Greatness, which appeared in Hazlitt (full story).

Internship Website
Website will smooth the path to internship placements 

It's going to be a lot easier for final-year students to find internships and for employers to provide placements with a new website developed at the Ryerson School of Journalism. 

Coordinated by Prof. Jagg Carr-Locke, the site was created by Lindsay Smith, digital content and web design specialist to show students where they can apply, tips on working as a professional and sorting out the paperwork. Employers will be able to access all the information in just one place (full story).
Grads at Work
Stefanie Wright
(RSJ '11)

Manager of Game Entertainment, Toronto Blue Jays

What have you been up to since graduating from Ryerson's Journalism program?

I started working for the Blue Jays as an intern a few weeks before our masthead ended in my last year of school back in 2011; I spent three years working full-time as the Intern of Promotions and Production. They eventually created a full-time position for me as Coordinator of Promotions and Stadium Entertainment which I held for another 3 years. Recently I've been promoted to Manager of Game Entertainment ( 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 

 Nitish Bissonauth (RSJ '15)

Watch all RSJ Voices interviews  here.
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Don't be a stranger!

Alumni can stay connected in several ways: 

1.) Volunteer to be your newsroom's contact to help us stay in touch or find partnership opportunities. 

2.) Contribute to J-Source, Canada's journalism portal, whose editorial centre is now housed at Ryerson. 

4.) Make a donation now. Or consider making a planned gift to the School of Journalism.

5.) Join other alumni to foster journalism in the developing world.

6.) Take a tour of the School. 

Whatever your choice, let us know and we'll be in touch.

Upcoming Events
May 15, 2017
We'll be hiring! Watch for an announcement on sessional and contract lecturer appointments in our website, via Twitter and Facebook on May 15. 
June 3-4 , 2017
The school is hosting the 'Local News and its Future' conference on the changing landscape of local news. Register and find m ore info  here .
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