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RSJ Digital Redesign
A fresh start to the school year

The new school year is starting on a fresh digital note for the Ryerson School of Journalism - the school's  website  and the online presence of the  Ryersonian  both got a complete upgrade this summer.

"We were looking to come up with a way to make it easier to find things for people and a way to make so much content manageable,"said Lindsay Smith, a news media production specialist. The new site officially launched on Sept. 1, and incorporates an eye-catching, user-friendly design.

Smith, along with her RSJ colleague Sally Goldberg Powell, took into account the site's audience when designing its user interface and content organization system  ( full story ).
Ryersonian Mobile Makeover
Relaunches with smartphone-friendly interface and clean, new newscast design
With its new mobile makeover and television newscast rebranding,  The Ryersonian will be looking better than ever on two very important platforms this year.

The news organization now uses a mobile-friendly design, optimizing stories, photos and video for smartphones. A news graphics package for RyersonianTV newscasts has also been updated with a clean, bold design  ( full story ). 

Spotlight on Indigenous Issues and Media
CBC's Jody Porter urges journalists to study Truth and Reconciliation Commission report
Students crowded into the Venn last week for CBC journalist Jody Porter's talk on how indigenous issues are covered in Canadian media.
"Stories about indigenous people in this country rarely satisfy editors unless the main character is dead, drunk or drumming," said Porter, who is based in Thunder Bay. 

Porter's presentation, which was organized by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre, focused on the four central components of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) summary report, including an awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm inflicted, atonement for the cause and action to change  ( full story ).

New Appointments
RSJ welcomes assistant professor Lisa Taylor and former CBC digital producer Adrian Ma

This fall, the Ryers on Scho ol  o f Journalism is fortunate to welcome assistant professor Lisa Taylor to Ryerson's tenure-stream faculty and Adrian Ma (M.J., Ryerson 2009) as a limited-term professor  ( full story ).

H.G. (Hayley) Watson is J-Source's new associate editor

For the past year, Watson has been a news reporter at Daily Xtra, where she broke a number of LGBT-related news stories in Canada, including the story of an Ottawa elementary school that blocked two Grade 6 students from doing a project on gay rights  ( full story ).

Summer News Academy
High school students learn journalism skills

The inaugural RSJ News Academy kicked off in August with 11 enthusiastic students eager to spend a week learning about the ins and outs of journalism. Led by news media production specialist Dr. Gary Gould, the summer camp introduced high-school-age students to the basics of journalistic storytelling and gave them hands-on experience in shooting, reporting and producing their own field stories. "Thank you for an awesome week," one student wrote. "I only wish it were longer." (more info)
Annual General Meeting

Anyone interested in learning more about what we do and how to get involved is invited to join us!  Coffee  and light snacks will be served. 
Saturday, October 3 at 10am, The Venn (RCC 103). 

Grads at Work
Eric Van
(RSJ '08)
Associate producer
CBC's  Campus podcast

What did you originally see yourself doing when you first enrolled in journalism school?

I went to j-school because I love to write. I was mostly interested in culture, food, people, and of course, NBA basketball. I always pictured myself writing lengthy feature articles for a magazine like Sports Illustrated. But I didn't realize that during first-year reporting class, I'd be scared to even approach people to do streeters  ( 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.

Upcoming Events
October 3, 2015

RJAA Annual General Meeting 
(10:00am, The Venn, RCC 103)

October 7, 2015
Join Ryerson School of Journalism instructor Mark Bulgutch as he launches his book "That's Why I'm a Journalist." Admission is $10 - to be used toward a book purchase. More info here.
(7:00pm, The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom,1214 Queen W. Toronto)
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