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February 2 016
2016  Atkinson Lecture
Truth and Reconciliation: What journalism can do

Journalists must "listen with their heart" when they are reporting on sensitive issues, especially when they are covering Canada's indigenous communities, said Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson, delivering this year's Atkinson lecture.

The independent commission was created by residential school survivors as a result of the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history.

Over six years of hearings and bearing witness to survivors and others affected by the violence tell their difficult stories, the ability to listen patiently was a key skill, Wilson said. Only when the commissioners listened from their hearts, she said, were they able to make it safe for people to speak from theirs (full story). 

Watch the webcast  here
Into the Hot Zone
CBC's Adrienne Arsenault on reporting from the frontlines of the Ebola epidemic

After eight days of reporting in the Ebola-ravaged city of Monrovia, Liberia, CBC News senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault says fear and suspicion haunted her team's homecoming, even before they set foot back in Canada.

It was October 2014 and while the Ebola virus was rapidly coursing through western Africa, a different epidemic had taken hold in North America  ( full story ). 

Watch the webcast here
The Future of the RRJ

After more than a year of questions and discussion about the future of the  Ryerson Review of Journalism , our plan's building blocks are in place. It will be an audience-focused, audience-driven, audience-supported, multi-platform magazine brand that continues to include an annual print edition, plus much more. 

Read more of RRJ Publisher and RSJ Chair Ivor Shapiro's open letter here
Ryerson Journalism Research Centre

Media played key role in scrutinizing anti-terror legislation
A year ago this month, Canada's new anti-terrorism legislation, the controversial Bill C-51, was unveiled at a campaign-style rally in a Toronto suburb. Unmet with opposition on Parliament Hill following its introduction, the divisive legislation was left to be scrutinized by the press.

And Canadian news outlets were "equal to the challenge," according to new research conducted by Ryerson University School of Journalism instructor Kevin MacLean  ( full story ). 
RSJ Voices
Past grads describe their school experience in video series RSJ Voices 

Inspiring excellence: Rachel Pulfer (RSJ '99)

Watch all RSJ Voices interviews  here.
Open House
Come visit us on March Break

Ryerson is hosting an Open house on  Friday, March 18

Learn about the Faculty of Communication and Design and Bachelor of Journalism program. Tour our facilities and meet our faculty and staff. Have your questions answered and find out for yourself  what makes Ryerson Canada's leading university for innovation and career relevant learning. Read more here.
Grads at Work
David Skok
(RSJ - MJ  '02)
Managing Editor and Vice President, Digital, The Boston Globe 

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

It's funny. Pretty much exactly the same thing. When I say, "exactly what I'm doing now," I mean in journalism, doing what I love, getting to tell stories and holding institutions and powerful people to account. All of that is all I dreamed of doing and that I've been able to do that is still kind of remarkable. I didn't in any way think I would be managing a newsroom or working at such an institution like The Boston Globe. I feel incredibly privileged to do that every day. I knew that this was the path that I wanted to be on if I was lucky enough to find my way in it ( 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
February 23, 2016
Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr
Join us for an evening of film and discussion about the controversial case of Omar Khadr. (7:00pm - 9:00pm, RCC204)

February 24, 2016
'Whose Pain Goes Viral?' Economies of Empathy After Paris 2015 with 
Len Findlay. Contact fcadonline@ryerson.ca to be added to the guest list.
(4:00pm - 6:00pm, RCC103)
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