“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 Nemerofsky submitted “J-Hub” and “J-Lab,” while Natalie Chu suggested “The Venn.”
In an online survey, students voted 57 to 52 for “The Venn.”
“I applied on a whim so I’m happy it actually went somewhere,” Chu said. “Have to thank other journos for helping me campaign.”
“The Venn” received 43 per cent of the vote, to 40 per cent for “J-Hub.”
“I could have campaigned a little harder to get more votes,” Nemerofsky said. “I didn’t really ask friends or family to vote. I left it up to luck and chance.”
But Nemerofsky isn’t bitter. He said he’s happy he had the chance to submit an idea. Like Chu, he only found out about the contest last minute.
“It’s all in good fun,” said Nemerofsky. “But it would have been fun down the road to say I named it.”
Students are warming up to new space – equipped with ten computers, three couches, and a flatscreen TV – and are happy they were given the chance to vote.
“It wouldn’t make sense for the teachers to name it,” says Nemerofsky. “It’s our space, because we pay for the facility. It’s a nice gesture.”
“We wanted to leave the naming up to the students, to those who will be using it,” says Salvadori. “I love the name.”
Chu will receive a journalism backpack kit full of reporting equipment as a prize for choosing the winning name.