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March 2017
"We interrupt normal programming..."
RSJ hosts first-ever teach-in event

It was an unprecedented day. 

The Ryerson School of Journalism cancelled all classes on Tuesday, March 15. 

The recent challenges to journalism, journalists, multiculturalism, equality, and even what constitutes 'facts' prompted faculty members to interrupt regular programming.

The main motivation for the day, organized by many faculty members, was to help understand what's happening. 

More than 200 students spent the day listening to their peers, the industry and academics discuss a variety of issues related to the cause. 

See the full-day agenda here

Read this story about Sarah Hagi's experience fighting trolls online at Vice.

Read this report from Ryersonian reporter Yasmin Arnout.

Watch this Ryersonian TV video report from Justin Bellmore. 

See this Ryersonian editorial by Palak Mangat and this Op-Ed from Managing Editor Sarah Jackson. 
Joan Donaldson Scholarship
Two RSJ students selected for renowned CBC scholarship

Two Ryerson School of Journalism students have been offered the 2017 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship.

Fourth-year student Jacqueline McKay and master's of journalism student Avneet Dhillon are among eight aspiring journalists from across the country who will join the CBC team for 16 weeks starting this Spring  ( full story ).
Understanding history pivotal to effective political coverage of Indigenous communities

Indigenous people want their leaders held accountable, but journalists should be cautious about perpetuating negative stereotypes, Ryerson School of Journalism Rogers Visiting Journalist Duncan McCue said during a lecture on Indigenous politics.

By way of example, McCue said stories such as those of the "crooked" and "corrupt" chiefs that make massive salaries and go on vacations should be reported by journalists. But they need to be put into perspective - a vast majority of chiefs do not make that much and have average salaries, he said. Some of them make less than municipal councillors even though they have the same or more responsibilities, including municipal infrastructure and treaties, he explained  ( 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 in Toronto for this urgent and timely discussion. See a full list of events and register here. #LocalNews17
Political Writing Nominations
RSJ prof and alumni shortlisted for Shaughnessy Cohen Prize

Ryerson School of Journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee has been shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Al-Solaylee's book Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone)earned him the spot as a finalist.

He said in an email that when he found out his book had been shortlisted, he was as equally thrilled as he was surprised (full story).
Breaking Barriers
Ryerson Review of Journalism  launches with conference on breaking barriers 

On April 6, the RRJ marks the launch of it's Spring 2017 print issue with a conference to talk about surviving as a freelance journalist and gender barriers in photojournalism. Coffee and light snacks will be provided in Tecumseh Auditorium, Oakham House (63 Gould St.).   More information here
Grads at Work
Niki Singh
(RSJ '12)

Law Student, University of Ottawa

Why did you choose to apply to the Ryerson Journalism program?

I loved writing and always had an interest in journalism. When I got into the program, it was a no brainer where I would spend the next four years. Ryerson Journalism had a great reputation and was very innovative. The school constantly updated the program to reflect the state of the industry. I was one of the first graduated classes that no longer had to "major" in a particular stream. Rather, the program was integrated- TV, online, radio, magazine, you could do it all.

I also loved that you hit the ground running at Ryerson. Other schools, you write about three articles in one year. At Ryerson, I wrote three articles my first week. Being in the heart of downtown Toronto was also the best place to learn journalism  ( 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.

Branded Content: A New Form of Storytelling

Join the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association for a panel discussion on branded content and how it is changing the ways we tell stories.  Hear tips from industry professionals followed by a Q&A session. 

Tickets available here .
RSJ Voices
Video: Grads reflect on j-school experience 

 Brian Trinh (RSJ '12)

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
April 6 , 2017
The RRJ is hosting the 'Breaking Barriers in Journalism' conference. 
More info  here .
April 6 , 2017
Join the RJAA for Branded Content: A New Form of Storytelling
More info  here .
June 3-4, 2017
Local News and Its Future conference on disruptions affecting local journalism. 
More info  here .
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