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December 2 016
Headliners 2016
RJAA celebrates new inductions 

After graduating from the Ryerson School of Journalism,  Don Gibb Joy Malbon  and  Suhana Meharchand  pursued successful careers in journalism. Now, they can add "Headliner" to their resumes, the honour the   Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association   bestows on illustrious alumni.

They were celebrated at the school's Nov. 30 awards ceremony at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Gibb is a 1968 graduate who retired from a long teaching career at the School after more than 20 years as a reporter and editor at The London Free Press. Meharchand graduated in 1986 before accelerating through a broadcast career that included hosting various national CBC news programs. Malbon, an 1982 grad, has been based in Washington for CTV's National News since 2005.

The  Headliners  represent the Ryerson School of Journalism's hall of fame. The RJAA has named 22 recipients since 2013, when the school celebrated its inaugural "Headliners" as part of its 60th anniversary  ( full story ).
RSJ Awards 
VIDEO: See the RSJ Award winners for 2016

New awards this spring 
Attention J-school students, there's two new spring scholarships you can apply for.

O'Tucky MacLean  was an artist, a writer, a photographer, a painter and not a cookie cutter individual, and this is our family's way of honouring him said Kevin MacLean, a contract lecturer at the Ryerson journalism school and O'Tucky's brother.

Faulhaber Communications, a PR and marketing agency focusing on lifestyle brands, has teamed with Ryerson University to present an award to a female student who is working toward becoming a leader in communications  ( full story ). 
New Course Offering
Studying LGBTQ issues starts with history

A new course, Queer Media, offered by the Ryerson School of Journalism for the first time this past semester, is attracting interest from news media across the country.

The course - to help inform the next generation of journalists and to transform newsrooms -  has been written about by the   Torontoist  and  University Affairs.

Andrea Houston, who developed and taught the course, says she started off by focusing on LGBTQ history.

"When I asked questions like, "Who's heard of Stonewall" or "Who's heard of the bathhouse raids," very few hands went up," said Houston, a journalist who has covered a range of issues affecting LGBTQ people at local, provincial, national and international levels  ( full story ).
Canada's criminal libel laws and free speech

An archaic Canadian law against criminal libel is being used with increasing frequency to shut down political dissent and criticism of police officers, judges and powerful institutions, new research by Ryerson University journalism professor Lisa Taylor suggests.

Convictions for criminal libel averaged 18 cases per year between 2005 and 2008, Taylor found. She and her research partner David Pritchard of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee combed through digital archives, criminal judgements and media reports to assemble the data and found that the number of convictions has grown steadily. Between 2009 and 2012, there were 37.7 criminal libel convictions annually - more than double the earlier figure.

A quarter of these convictions are cases related to political dissent, in which individuals were charged for taking on powerful organizations. That means charges have been laid for crimes like warning against police brutality, protesting controversial rulings by judges and criticizing municipal authorities on Facebook  ( full story ).
Challenging mental illness stereotypes through film

Three Canadian researchers are giving people who've experienced mental illnesses the resources and training to make their own documentary films to see if such videos challenge traditional media stereotypes about people who are mentally ill.

So far, participants have created videos with substantially different themes and frameworks than the stories on mental illness usually found in mainstream media, said Ryerson journalism professor Gavin Adamson, one of three principal investigators for the  Recovery Advocacy Documentary Research (RADAR) project    ( full story ). 
Student Life on Exchange
Q & A: What to expect

Every winter some Ryerson journalism students will be in foreign lands and we're not talking about the mysterious third floor of the Rogers Communication Centre.

Generally during their third year, students in the Bachelor of Journalism program have the opportunity to go abroad on 14  select exchanges  including the Auckland University of Technology, City University in London, England and the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen  ( full story ). 

Grads at Work
Andrea Bellemare
(RSJ  '07)
Reporter, producer CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo

What drew you to study journalism? ?

I'm very curious about the world, I like to meet people and I enjoy writing. Journalism combined all of these things, plus you get to ask people very personal questions and they tell you amazing things about themselves 
( 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 

 Michelle Shephard (RSJ '96)

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
December 24 - January 8, 2017
The university is closed for winter break. The office will re-open on January 9th. Have a wonderful holiday!
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January 13, 2017
Regular classes resume for winter semester. 
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