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December 2 015 
RSJ Awards
Video: Celebrating our students and their stories

Our award winners, as well as members of the RSJ community shared their thoughts on the school and their journalism careers throughout the ceremony.  Check out what they had to say here

Headliners 2015
RJAA honours alumni newsmakers             
Last month, the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association celebrated its 2015 Headliners: broadcast journalist and foreign correspondent Brian Stewart, columnist and author Christie Blatchford and veteran broadcaster Paul Workman  ( full story ). 
Former RSJ Chair Paul Knox retires
RSJ students and faculty -- past and present--came out to celebrate the work and career of former Chair Paul Knox, who is retiring this month. Knox may be leaving the school, said current Chair Ivor Shapiro, "but we surely haven't seen the last of his commitment, wisdom and critical insights."

The RJAA would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate this year's Headliners and Paul Knox's retirement.
FCAD Rubix Showcase
Journalism faculty discuss research at Rubix
The Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) highlighted the research of its faculty members Nov. 4 with Rubix, where researchers displayed their work and discussed it with students, fellow faculty members, and members of the community ( full story).

Student Spotlight
New websites showcase RSJ student talents

RSJ photojournalism instructors Peter Bregg and Gary Gould share their students' exceptional work with a wider audience. Check out Photo360 the new site for JRN 201 here.

Final-year students enrolled in radio and TV documentary courses contribute to the new RSJ Doc site which features intricate stories about identity, reinvention and new Canadians. 

Research News
Toward 2020: Where will journalism go from here?

The future of journalism education is the focus of a new collection of essays just published by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre.

As waves of change transform the news industry, the papers in  Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education grapple with where journalism education should go from here and concludes it needs to change substantially and quickly, says Ryerson University journalism professor Gene Allen  (full story).  
Innovation Awards: Ryerson profs develop new app

An app that will allow newsrooms to monitor who journalists go to for quotes in stories is being developed by two journalism professors at Ryerson University.

Gavin Adamson and Asmaa Malik, assistant professors at the Ryerson School of Journalism, say the goal of their project is to help newsrooms produce more balanced content. The pair recently received a $10,000 grant under the Faculty of Communication and Design Creative Innovative Fund to build the prototype of JERI: Journalism Representation Index  ( full story).

Monocle editors bullish on magazine print editions

M onocle  magazine editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé says he is determined to resist the widespread pressures on magazine editors to cut quality and move to a digital-first or digital-only strategy.

Launched in 2007, Monocle was a direct rebuttal to naysayers predicting the death of print. Thicker than a MacBook with pages that feel like a cross between newsprint and binder dividers --familiar but strong--having a copy of Monocle in your hands is a definite statement, and the masthead wants it this way ( full story).

New research project examines local news poverty
The impact of newsroom cutbacks, consolidations and closures will be the focus of a new study examining local news poverty in communities outside of Canada's major media centres.

Residents of Canada's largest cities can turn to multiple sources for local news, but people who live in smaller cities, suburban municipalities and rural areas typically have fewer options, and in recent years their choices have become even more limited, says research team member April Lindgren, principal investigator for the  Local News Research Project  at Ryerson University's School of Journalism ( full story).

Barbara Turnbull Award
Award honours legacy of talented journalist and champion for disability rights

Colleagues and friends of late Toronto Star  reporter Barbara Turnbull have established an award in her memory in Ryerson's Faculty of Communication and Design. Barbara was a trailblazing activist for people with disabilities and her determination knew no bounds. The Barbara Turnbull Award will be given annually to a student with a disability who exemplifies similar characteristics to Barbara: tenacity, perseverance and a positive attitude in the face of significant challenges.
 To learn more about Barbara Turnbull and to make a gift in support of the award, please click here.

Grads at Work
Scaachi Koul
(RSJ '12)
Senior Editor, BuzzFeed

Did anything about the industry surprise you after you got out of j-school, or was it pretty much what you were expecting it to be?

The industry is bad. And I kind of knew it was bad. I didn't know it was this bad. But it's bad in a lot of directions. Where it can feel very difficult particularly as a female, and on top of it, as a non-White female, (is) to try to traverse in this industry. It's not to say that other industries aren't also bad, but this one in particular I think has some really bad qualities. I don't think there's anything that surprised me, but I think it's hard and when you're in school, I think a lot of people tell you not to do it and it's irritating and you think, "that can't be true." And then you graduate. I wouldn't say that you shouldn't do it, but you really need to think about it ( 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.
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Don't be a stranger!

Alumni can stay connected in several ways: 
  • Volunteer to be your newsroom's contact to help us stay in touch or find partnership opportunities. 
  • Contribute to J-Source, Canada's journalism portal, whose editorial centre is now housed at Ryerson. 
  • Join other alumni to foster journalism in the developing world, starting in the winter of 2015 (see above).
  • Take a tour of the School. 
Whatever your choice, let us know and we'll be in touch.

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