Post Tagged with: "Journalism"

Q-and-A: Rye grad and ‘Little Mosque’ creator talks comedy

Q-and-A: Rye grad and ‘Little Mosque’ creator talks comedy

Since graduating from the Ryerson journalism program in 1992, Zarqa Nawaz has carved out an impressive comedy career. She created the hit CBC show Little Mosque on the Prairie, based on her documentary Me and the Mosque. The Ryersonian spoke to Nawaz about everything from laughing about Islamophobia to her thoughts on Donald Trump’s election campaign. Q: You’ve been a […]

by Avneet Dhillon· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
How should journalists approach inclusive pronouns?

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 […]

by Oriena Vuong· · education, Media, News, On Campus, students
Kayla Rosen (Chase Stark)

I’m Jewish and a journalist, I’m not a Jewish journalist

In my limited career as a journalist, I have been told that I am grossly pro-Israel and that I’m part of the reason that people hate Jews. The latter comment came after an article that I wrote for last week’s edition of the Ryersonian, where I recounted the time I was questioned by the Israeli police. My intention was to […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Opinion
Neha Karamchandani traveled to Mumbai in search of stardom. (Courtesy of Neha Karamchandani)

Toronto to Mumbai: Ryerson student searches for stardom

Being surrounded by the glamour of TIFF for the past week reminded me of my time before Ryerson, when I travelled to Mumbai in search of stardom. Yet, what I found was nothing close to what I expected. Some of these memories I choose to cherish and others, not so much. Mumbai’s glitzy Bollywood world is filled to the brim […]

by Neha Karamchandani· · Opinion, Voices
Robert Cribb, the Toronto Star's lead investigator for the Panama Papers series and Ryerson journalism instructor, stopped in to the Ryersonian newsroom to explain what has happened in the investigation so far. (Dylan Bell/Ryersonian Staff)

Panama Papers shows the value of newsrooms

Four hundred journalists from 109 media organizations in more than 80 countries working together in 25 different languages to crack open the biggest data leak in history. Now say again that journalism’s a dying industry? The leak of about 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm specializing in anonymous offshore companies shook the world with its big reveals of […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
(Courtesy Steve Bowbrick/Creative Commons)

Navigating a non-diverse industry

Growing up, I was always that one “whitewashed” Asian girl. In school, I was never great at math or the sciences and I was always the first one to volunteer to read aloud in English class. Other Korean kids didn’t really want to talk to me because I was “too loud” or “too assertive,” so instead, I surrounded myself with […]

by Eunice Kim· · Editorial, Opinion
Caught cheating on a story about cheating

Caught cheating on a story about cheating

A journalism instructor found his editor stealing his story idea on student academic cheating in Canadian universities

by Abby Chan· · News
(Jay Wennington/ Unsplash)

How to report the facts when sources ask for privacy?

For an industry that serves as an influential channel of information, journalism still needs to tighten its laces and make vigorous strides when it comes to stories that focus on marginalized groups.

by Alannah Kavanagh· · Editorial
RyersonianTV: November 13, 2015 – Men’s issues group not happy about coverage, birth control options, ironic ad removed from bus shelter

RyersonianTV: November 13, 2015 – Men’s issues group not happy about coverage, birth control options, ironic ad removed from bus shelter

RyersonianTV is a daily newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Monday to Friday, at noon EST.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Newscasts, RyersonianTV
Ryerson campus (Taylor Stinson / Ryersonian Staff)

Why university rankings don’t matter (so much)

Recently, Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail released their individual guides listing the best ranking universities across Canada.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial
CBC reporter tells students: media are failing in indigenous coverage

CBC reporter tells students: media are failing in indigenous coverage

CBC reporter Jody Porter was on campus Sept. 16 as part of a series on journalism and indigenous issues. She says she’s not sure Canadian newsrooms are telling stories from indigenous communities they way they need to be.

She spoke at the Ryerson school of journalism last week about language and activism — a part of a series on journalism and indigenous communities.

by Leah Lalich· · News, On Campus
Gene Allen’s book explores the history of The Canadian Press. (Ryersonian file photo)

Rye instructor shortlisted in Canadian Prize for Humanities

Ryerson journalism instructor Gene Allen is probably the first and only person to have had access to the archives of The Canadian Press (CP). The dozens of boxes of papers and long reels of microfiche records in the basement of CP’s office on Toronto’s King Street E. had mostly been forgotten, filed away without much thought to organization. Even with […]

by Emily Joveski· · Arts & Life, Literature, Media
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What’s the scoop on The Scope?

The Scope, Ryerson’s campus radio station, has been hard at work since it was approved for an AM radio license in December. The team anticipates a January 2016 launch date and is hosting a promotional event at the Student Centre with live performances from local musicians to celebrate World Radio Day on Feb. 13.   The station has already been broadcasting online since 2013. The 1280 AM channel will broadcast 126 hours of weekly programming, including spoken word and local music, […]

by Rachelle Robitaille· · Arts & Life, Audio
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Journalism professor discusses Canada Reads nomination

Ryerson journalism professor Kamal Al-Solaylee’s debut book is a Canada Reads finalist, and it “feels bloody fantastic.” Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes traces Al-Solaylee’s journey as a gay, Middle Eastern man settling in Canada while coping with family members who turn to uncompromising renditions of Islam. The finalists were announced Tuesday. The theme for this year’s competition is “one book to […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus, Top stories
Jesse Brown talks Jian Ghomeshi, CBC and the Globe and Mail at Ryerson

Jesse Brown talks Jian Ghomeshi, CBC and the Globe and Mail at Ryerson

Jesse Brown has come to be widely known as the reporter who broke the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, but he doesn’t consider himself to be a celebrity despite his growing popularity. “I don’t claim to be any kind of white knight,” he said Tuesday night during a talk at Ryerson. “True celebrity would be a curse I wouldn’t wish upon my […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus
Leslie Roberts has resigned from his position with Global TV Toronto since the scandal (Courtesy Pete Morawski, Wikimedia)

Canadian journalism face-to-face with conflict of interest issues

Canadian journalism has become a strange place: sex scandals, secret businesses and Kevin O’Leary becoming the less controversial half of the former show Lang and O’Leary Exchange. After the disturbing allegations against Jian Ghomeshi surfaced late last year, no one expected another journalist to outshine his scandals, and no one has. But some sure are creating scandals of their own. […]

by Erin Petrow· · Editorial, Opinion
Journalism graduate uses degree to help him become a rock star

Journalism graduate uses degree to help him become a rock star

In June 2013, Sam Rashid was presented with a degree from Ryerson University. But long before his hands held that rolled-up certificate, they held an electric guitar. “Since I was young, I wanted to be a rock star,” confesses Rashid. “But it seemed ridiculous to pursue music as a profession.” At least that’s what Rashid thought when he started applying […]

Don Obe dies, leaves Ryerson legacy

Don Obe dies, leaves Ryerson legacy

Ryerson alumni and former School of Journalism chair Don Obe died on Nov. 7 at Toronto General Hospital after a period of declining health. He was 78. Obe graduated from the Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1959 and would return to the school to take the journalism chair position from 1983 to 2001. His journalistic career spanned both magazines and […]

Jian Ghomeshi speaks with Ryerson journalism professor Suanne Kelman at a Ryerson event in 2010.

Ryerson investigation into Ghomeshi, CBC internships: no wrongdoing, no further inquiry, says journalism chair

Ryerson’s School of Journalism has conducted an informal inquiry into CBC internships dating back as far as a decade, in order to rule out any cases of sexual harassment in the wake of allegations leveled against former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi. Ryerson’s is among several j-schools now reviewing internships at the CBC, including Carleton University, the University of King’s College […]

by Ryan McKenna· · News, Off Campus
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‘What keeps me up at night is that I … published too little’

“Don’t go to journalism school,” Glenn Greenwald said in an interview after his discussion with Globe and Mail editor-in-chief David Walmsley on Tuesday at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. “And if you do, don’t let people tell you what journalism should or should not be.” Since being chosen by whistleblower Edward Snowden to report the controversial mass spying practices of the […]

by Lindsay Fitzgerald· · Features, News
Lysanne Louter with her Emmy for the documentary Made in Bangladesh. (Courtesy Lysanne Louter)

Ryerson J-school grad earns her first Emmy

Ryerson journalism graduate Lysanne Louter has been awarded an International Emmy for her work on an investigative documentary. CBC’s The Fifth Estate debuted Made in Bangladesh last year. It examines the unfit working conditions in the Bangladesh garment industry following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory. The factory supplied to many large Canadian retailers, such as Loblaw Cos. Ltd. […]

Paid content and journalism: can we avoid selling out?

Paid content and journalism: can we avoid selling out?

Those within the journalism industry may be familiar with terms like “native advertising”, “custom content” and “advertorials”, but that familiarity comes with a great sense of ambiguity as each major news outlet seems to have varying definitions on what those terms mean. After attending the latest Canadian Journalism Foundation J-Talk event on Thursday night called “Native Advertising: Journalism’s Saviour or […]

by Leah Jensen· · Opinion
Ryerson professor investigates world of online gambling in new book

Ryerson professor investigates world of online gambling in new book

In his latest book Life Real Loud, Ryerson journalism associate professor Bill Reynolds follows the downward spiral of Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur John Lefebvre. Lefebvre, a lawyer by trade, founded Neteller, an online startup that processes payments between gamblers and the websites on which they play. Shortly after Neteller started making a name for itself in the gambling world, the Calgary native and marijuana enthusiast found […]

by Halla Imam· · Arts & Life, Literature, Top stories
Fundraiser for Ryerson journalism alumna fighting cancer

Fundraiser for Ryerson journalism alumna fighting cancer

Seasoned and up-and-coming journalists alike are rallying together to support one of their own. A Meet-the-Press fundraiser is expected to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at a downtown bar in honour of Ryerson alumna and Calgary Herald reporter Tamara Gignac, who has cancer. Gignac, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, ages three and seven, and former Ryersonian editor, was diagnosed with inoperable […]

by Jeanie Tran· · Media, News, Top stories

LIVE: Investigative Reporter Kevin Donovan At Ryerson

by Russell Sabio· · Live Blog
(Matt Oxman/ Ryersonian staff)

A maybe makeover for Ryerson’s journalism program in 2015

Ryerson’s bachelor of journalism program may have a new look in 2015. If the journalism school council approves a proposed new curriculum next week, incoming changes like more multimedia training in first and second year and new courses for fourth-year students will better prepare students for the needs of the changing industry. According to Gerd Hauck, dean of the faculty […]

by Jackie Hunter· · News, students
Ryerson's Journalism students reigned supreme at this year's RTA vs. Journalism Karaoke Competition.

Song Showdown! RTA vs. Journalism karaoke competition a sonic success

By Anda Zeng Live blog by Zeng, Akemi Liyanage and Abby Chan Ryerson University journalism students emerged victorious at this year’s RTA vs. Journalism Karaoke Competition. The prizes of the evening: a 50-inch flat-screen television, a golden microphone trophy and program-wide bragging rights. The event took place on Feb. 27 at Ryerson’s campus pub, the Ram in the Rye. Journalism […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus, Uncategorized
‘Expert finder’ search engine startup joins the Digital Media Zone

‘Expert finder’ search engine startup joins the Digital Media Zone

Media Spot Me is one of the newest companies to join Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone. The company, launched last year, is the first search engine that connects journalists and other writers to industry professionals willing to be interviewed as expert sources. Teaming up with the DMZ is a step in the right direction for the fledgling company, said co-founder Stavros […]

by Amanda Soufi· · News, On Campus, Top stories
Robyn Doolittle shares her experience covering the Ford saga

Robyn Doolittle shares her experience covering the Ford saga

The lead reporter on the Rob Ford story, Robyn Doolittle, returned to her alma mater Ryerson Feb. 13 to talk to journalism students. Doolittle, now a Toronto Star reporter well-known for her coverage of the Ford family, shared the story behind the story on the city’s mayor and answered a few questions. One of three reporters to view the video […]

by Leena Latafat· · Live Blog, News, On Campus, Uncategorized
Horseback riding across continents: Filipe Masetti Leite

Horseback riding across continents: Filipe Masetti Leite

When 27-year-old Filipe Masetti Leite decided to leave Canada and go home to his family in Espirito Santo do Pinhal, Brazil, he chose to ride horseback. He left the grounds of the Calgary Stampede on July 8, 2012 to trek 16,000 kilometres, across 12 countries. His daily routine consists of waking up at 5 a.m. to prepare his American quarter-horses, Bruiser and […]

by Christina Ciddio· · Features
Ryerson journalism instructor working with CBC to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi. (Courtesy Mark Bulgutch)

Journalism instructor using tech to teach from Sochi

Despite having left the country for two weeks, a journalism instructor said his students will still get the full learning experience in his course. Mark Bulgutch, instructor for a TV reporting course, informed students that he would be away in Sochi, Russia, to cover the Winter Olympic Games for most of February. But some students worry that the Skype calls […]

by Leena Latafat· · News, On Campus, Top stories
From left to right: Ilana Pluchik,Elaine Zlotkowski, Ramya Jegatheesan, Althea Manasan (from left to right), pose at the Toronto Urban FIlm Festival at the Drake Hotel. (Courtesy Greg Bunker)

Ryerson grads’ documentary to screen at national film festival

Three Ryerson graduates have been nominated for Canada’s National Screen Institute (NSI) Online Short Film Festival. Emerging filmmakers and alumnae from the master of journalism program, Althea Manasan, Elaine Zlotkowski and Ramya Jegatheesan, along with York University graduate Ilana Pluchik, produced and directed the short documentary, The Missing, which looks at the oil paintings of Toronto artist Ilene Sova’s The […]

The Ryersonian Voices podcast: Episode 5

The Ryersonian Voices podcast: Episode 5

In this edition of our arts and life podcast, Jonathan Forani and Lauren Murphy speak with Ryerson Review of Journalism reporter, Rebecca Melnyk, about her piece on the ethics of the journalistic coverage of Lac-Megantic’s train disaster. We break down some of the week’s hottest topics including funeral selfies and the Arcade Fire’s latest album. We dish on the latest […]

by Lauren S. Murphy· · Audio
The newly renovated journalism lounge, now called the venn at the Rogers Communications Centre in Toronto, ON on Oct. 25. Photo by Hayley Brauer/Ryerson University

‘The Venn’ wins as the new name for RCC103

“The Venn” was announced as the winner of the “Name This Space” contest, organized by journalism school chair Ivor Shapiro and news media technical coordinator Lesley Salvadori, Friday morning. The space, connecting the Ryersonian newsroom, the Ryerson Review of Journalism, and the journalism Ideas Lab, was renovated this past summer. Journalism students submitted ideas, which were narrowed down to three. Harlan […]

by Sydney Poulos· · Arts & Life, News, On Campus
CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais speaks at Ryereson University for the launch of Let's Talk TV: A conversation with Canadians on October 24, 2013. Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff

Ryerson hosts launch of CRTC discussion on the future of Canadian broadcasting

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is asking people to join a discussion about the future of television in the country. CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais was at Ryerson Thursday to launch the first session of Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians. The discussion is aimed at creating a framework “that in its essence will have to be dynamic, flexible [and] […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Media, News, On Campus
The Ryersonian Voices podcast: Episode 4

The Ryersonian Voices podcast: Episode 4

In this mini edition of our arts and life podcast, Jonathan Forani and Lauren Murphy break down some of the week’s hottest topics including Yeezus’s latest offense, lesbian movies, and bird poop coffee. Join us next Thursday for more arts, life, class and sass!

by Lauren S. Murphy· · Audio
Four apps for the journalist in everyone

Four apps for the journalist in everyone

Every budding journalist needs a smartphone. Whether you’re using it to stay in touch with your profs and editors via text, scanning your email for tips or playing Candy Crush while waiting for a source to talk to you, up-to-date reporters would be lost without a phone. So whether you’re an aspiring reporter or just the newsiest one out of […]

by Stephanie Chan· · Science & Technology
Five quirky moments from 60 years of The Ryersonian

Five quirky moments from 60 years of The Ryersonian

The Ryerson School of Journalism celebrated its 60th anniversary on the weekend, so we dug through The Ryersonian‘s archives and found some of the oddest occurrences and quirkiest headlines to hit campus newsstands in the past six decades. Be sure to grab a copy of this week’s paper, in which features editors Stephanie Chan and Sarah Murphy bring back four stories […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features

Ryerson School of Journalism celebrates 60 years

When Kenny Yum attended Ryerson University’s journalism program in the mid ‘90s, he says he was rejected from the school’s “prestigious” magazine stream and forced into his second choice, reporting for print – a medium he barely ever worked in. Fifteen years later, the Huffington Post Canada’s current managing editor will receive the school’s most prestigious honour. Tonight Yum and […]

by Bruce Laregina· · Features

Q&A: Writer Graeme Smith

Afghanistan has a hold on Graeme Smith. The former Globe and Mail war reporter and Ryerson journalism alumnus lived in the country from 2006 to 2009, and returned again years later, driven by what he describes as a curiosity to see how the country would fare after NATO troops withdrew. His new book, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now, nominated for the […]

by Kelsey Rolfe· · Arts & Life, Literature, Off Campus
Jordan White / Ryersonian Staff

Easing the lines at the RCC equipment cage

Long lines at the equipment cage in the Rogers Communications Centre should be getting shorter soon, as 20 new staffers started work Sept. 19. According to Lesley Salvadori, Ryerson’s news media technical coordinator, the new staff, who were hired as work-study students, will be starting this week. Extra staff should ease wait times at the new Andy Kufluk Equipment Distribution […]

by Jordan White· · News, On Campus
Ryerson reporter on the road to Russia

Ryerson reporter on the road to Russia

Ryan McKenna knew he wanted to be a sports broadcaster since his days in elementary school. A decade later, this dream is becoming a reality. McKenna, a third-year journalism student and Ryerson Rams broadcaster from Central Bedeque, P.E.I., is heading to Sochi in March to cover sledge hockey at the Winter Paralympic Games for the International Paralympics Committee (IPC). “I’ve […]

by Nicholas Carafa· · Sports

Ryersonian named as finalist in online publishing awards

The Ryersonian’s website,, was named as finalist for four Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The news site, produced by second-year masters students and fourth-year undergraduates at the Ryerson School of Journalism, is nominated in the blue division for business-to-business, professional association, farm, and scholarly sites. The awards, launched in 2009, celebrate excellence in online publishing. Twelve students are involved in […]

by May Warren· · News, On Campus
FCAD student society advocate talks to the Ryersonian

FCAD student society advocate talks to the Ryersonian

Host: Hays Morrison Producer: Joshua McLean

by Joshua McLean· · News, On Campus, RyersonianTV, Videos, Webcasts