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October 2 016
Language Matters
How should journalists approach inclusive pronouns?

Journalists are still grappling with how to strike a balance between using inclusive pronouns and making sure readers understand them, according to Canadian Press editor Stephen Meurice.

A panel on language representation in media was held by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre at the Rogers Communications Centre on Friday, Sept. 30. Among the panelists were freelance journalist and queer media studies instructor Andrea Houston, journalism instructor Stephen Trumper and Meurice. 

The panel's discussion was particularly relevant given the recent controversy surrounding a YouTube lecture by University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson, in which he refuses to accept the use of genderless pronouns, such as "they/them," to describe individuals. Part one of the the three-part series criticizes the inclusion of gender identity and expression as protected grounds in the federal government's Bill C-16 and the Ontario Human Rights Code ( full Ryersonian story).
Governor General's Literary Award Nomination
RSJ prof Kamal Al-Solaylee finalist for non-fiction

Ryerson journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee's new book,  Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) ,  has made the short list for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award.

Al-Solaylee's book, about brown-skinned perspectives around the world, made the cut in the non-fiction category for one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards  ( full Ryersonian story ). 
Open Houses
Fall is open house season at the School of Journalism. 

Alumni and potential students have three opportunities to explore the journalism school in coming weeks. 

The Rogers Communications Centre at the corner of Gould and Church Streets hosts an open house for journalism and all the creative industries in the Faculty of Communication and Design throughout the day on Oct. 28 and Nov. 25 (more info). 

Faculty and students present at RUBIX, a poster exhibit featuring research from the Faculty of Communication and Design on Monday Oct. 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ryerson Image Centre, at the corner of Gould and Bond Streets.   Asmaa Malik and Gavin Adamson will discuss their work on JeRI, an accountability tool for journalism based on the types of sources reporters speak with. Prof. April Lindgren and grad students David Rudin and Avneet Dhillon will present, "Is no news bad news? Creating a news poverty index for Canadian communities." (more info).

The school will also be represented at Ryerson's open house on Friday November 18, 2016 from 9 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, also known as the former Maple Leaf the Gardens  (more info ). 
Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is part of a journalist's job

Young journalists - and even industry veterans - can feel uncomfortable reporting controversial stories on topics like race, gender and LGBT issues. Some may even shy away from reporting on these topics to avoid the social media blowback that could follow.

But feeling uncomfortable while reporting on some communities and situations is part of being a good journalist, said  Toronto Star  investigative reporter Jim Rankin at the Ryerson Research Centre's (RJRC) recent panel, "Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable." 

"If as a journalist you're feeling comfortable all the time, you're not doing good journalism," said Rankin. "You should be able to step outside of your comfort zone."  ( full story )
New Course: Journalism in Comedy
Journalism in Comedy may address cartoons in the news but it will not be a Mickey Mouse course, promises its instructor. 

"I don't want it to be 12 weeks of turning the DVD player on and saying 'this is funny," says Adam Nayman about the new course he will be teaching on comedy in journalism starting in the winter of 2017. 

At the moment Nayman is considering how far back in the history of comedy students will delve, and also how far outside of the pop-culture comfort zone he will steer the course. 

"There's a wide historical body of comedy in journalism and a much longer timeline to look at, and I have to figure out how much of that I can put into the 12 week class," ( full story ).
Grads at Work
Melinda Maldonado
(RSJ  '13)
Special Advisor, Communications and Public Engagement at Anti-Racism Directorate, Cabinet Office, Ontario Public Service

What have you been up to since you graduated from the MJ program?

I was chairing a Pan Am volunteer committee, and through that network started to have informal chats with people working in communications.

I landed a one-year contract as a digital editor at Maclean's, and I loved my work. I was on the web team, and produced digital content and worked on stories ranging from missing and murdered Indigenous women to Mike Duffy's Peruvian love child. After six months I quit to jump into communications, and have been working for the Ontario Public Service ever since (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 

 Miranda Newman (RSJ '12)

Watch all RSJ Voices interviews  here.
Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association

Celebrate with the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association

Join us for the  Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association's mix and mingle event. We'll be toasting this year's Headliners and honouring the class of 2006. All are welcome!

When:  November 28 (5:30-8:30pm)
Where: Proof Vodka Bar

Reserve your free ticket  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
October 18, 2016
Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan in conversation with Professor Lisa Taylor about his new book Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Investigation
More info  here .
(RCC 204, 80 Gould St.) 7p.m.-9p.m.
October 28 & November 25
Choosing a path in media or the creative industries? Come discover the programs that Ryerson University has to offer at our open house, FCAD In Action!
(Rogers Communicati ons Centre, 80 Gould St.).   Register here
October 31, 2016
RUBIX: Showcasing scholarly research and creative innovation
from the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University
(Ryerson Image Centr e, 33 Gould St. ).  Register here
November 18, 2016
Ryerson University Open House
(Mattamy Athletic Centre,  50 Carlton St.). More info here

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