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RRJ Spring 2016 Issue
Focus on diversity broadens the conversation

The Spring 2016 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism contains the same great journalism as past issues. However, this year is the first time we've looked at diversity in journalism from a variety of angles in a dedicated package.  If you visit rrj.ca, you'll also see changes. This year's masthead produced podcasts, a news and commentary blog, short online features and a weekly newsletter.  

While working on the diversity package for the issue, we realized how much more there was to say. So we created # WhyDiversity to help extend the conversation to social media.

That's how the Review was this year and how we hope it will remain going forward. Our masthead was the first to work with this new digital strategy, but that is the future of the magazine. So read the Review in print or read it online - you'll find us using both platforms to their fullest.

Kat Eschner, Editor

Inside the RRJ's #WhyDiversity online special project (read more here). 
Guantanamo's Child
RSJ alum Michelle Shephard on the doc process
From ages 16 to 26, Canadian Omar Khadr was a prisoner in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Charged with the murder of an American soldier during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan, Khadr was detained and then sent to the base in the Caribbean. 

Toronto Star national security reporter Michelle Shephard brought Khadr's story to Canada. Her investigative work led to a book and film. The full-length feature documentary, Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr, directed by Patrick Reed and co-directed by Shephard, had its world première at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. 

On Feb. 23, after a special presentation of Guantanamo's Child at Ryerson, Shephard explained how the film came together (full story). 
Veteran journalist helps navigate 'freelance jungle'

"You can survive and you can thrive as a freelancer," says veteran investigative reporter and Ryerson instructor Robert Osborne. "And you can be pretty happy about it because you will direct your own life, to a large extent."

Osborne, now a freelance journalist and producer, offered RSJ students guidance on how to navigate a career as a freelancer. "You can have the best story in the world and if you take it to the wrong place, you are going to get a lot of No's," he said.

During his March workshop in the Venn, Osborne outlined two key strategies for freelancers: how students can ensure that they are focusing their pitches to the right people and how they can maximize what he calls "sweat equity"  ( full story ).   
Why is digital privacy so important?
OpenMedia digital rights specialist Laura Tribe believes we all have something to hide.

That's why we have walls in our homes, locks on our doors and passwords on our computers. But when it comes to digital privacy issues, many people still think "if I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to fear." Tribe, whose expertise lies at the intersection of human rights and communication technologies, emphatically disagrees.

"I think this is the underlying problem with the framing of digital privacy rights: the idea that we're still trying to prove that we have nothing to hide," said Tribe ( full story). 
Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship
Prestigious fellowship takes MJ student 
to CBC's Washington bureau
This summer, second-year master's of journalism student Kira Wakeam embarks on the prestigious Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship, which will take her to CBC newsrooms across the country, and the continent. One of eight aspiring Canadian journalists selected in the program, Wakeam discusses her plans for the four-month fellowship, which will include a stint at CBC's Washington, D.C. bureau during the U.S. presidential election campaign.

Watch the interview here
Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association

Journalists after journalism

Here's your chance to see how people have used their background in journalism to forge careers in different fields.   Hear their stories and then mix and mingle to find out more about their experiences. The event is March 31, at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St. (Eggy's Summit, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.). 

Get tickets for the event here
RSJ Voices
Video: Grads reflect on j-school experience 

In Canada's media centre: Wendy Gillis (RSJ '11)

Watch all RSJ Voices interviews  here.
Open House
Prospective students visit RSJ on March break
Ryerson opened its doors to future students and their parents on Friday, March 18. They had a chance to learn about the Faculty of Communication and Design and the Bachelor of Journalism program.  With tours of the facilities and meet-and-greets with faculty and staff, students had their questions answered and found out for themselves what makes Ryerson Canada's leading university for innovation and career-relevant learning. 

Interested in taking a tour? Click here for more information.
Grads at Work
Lindsay Mattick
(RSJ  '03)
Award-winning author and public relations professional 

How did it feel when your book, Finding Winnie, won the highly prestigious Caldecott Medal?

My illustrator, Sophie Blackall, won the award, but obviously she won it for my book. So I felt pretty amazing. It was incredible. There are how many picture books in the whole U.S. and to have my book selected for Sophie's amazing work was awesome. A big part of why I wanted to write this book in the first place was I really wanted the story, which not that many people know, to be known. I think that when you win that kind of award, it instantly puts your book on a classics list. It means that our youngest audience, which is kids, is going to grow up with this as one of the stories that they know (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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The site is home to interactive course descriptions, examples of course work, and access to training materials for students enrolled in journalism classes.

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The RSJ WIRE (www.rsjwire.ca and @rsj_wire) distributes our students' best work from j-school courses, internships, course partnerships and freelance work. 


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
March 31, 2016
Journalists after Journalism
Here's your chance to see how people have used their background in journalism to forge careers in different fields.
Tickets available here
Mattamy Athletic Centre (Eggy's Summit), 50 Carlton St.  (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

April 7, 2016
JCU Semi-formal 'A Grand Affair'
Contact the  JCU  for more info.  
F ountainblu, 200 Princes' Blvd.  (7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.)
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