• RJRC’s new academic director plans to build bridges between academics, journalists, public

    By ALLISON RIDGWAY Staff reporter July 20, 2018 Joyce Smith, a researcher and associate professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism (RSJ), says she is excited to promote student and public engagement with journalism research as the new academic director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre (RJRC).  “We’re here to support the education of young journalists, but we’re also here…

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  • RJRC’s new multimedia journal examines the many facets of local news

    By ALLISON RIDGWAY Staff reporter July 19, 2018 The relationship between local charities and news, an app that tracks the diversity of local news sources, and the use of crowd-sourcing to track changes to local news organizations are among the ideas discussed in a new publication from Ryerson Journalism Research Centre (RJRC). The groundbreaking online multimedia journal published in early…

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  • We shouldn’t allow online hate to silence diverse voices

    Nicole Brumley Special to the RJRC May 1, 2018 As a student journalist, I’ve been afforded the protection of speaking to a mostly liberal audience through campus newspapers. But, as a black female journalist, I know this protection will crumble when my work is showcased in larger publications. Having an opinion on social media while being visibly racialized opens the…

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  • Understanding the publication is key to successful freelance pitches

    By AMANDA POPE Staff Reporter April 25, 2018 Tone-deaf pitches and failing to do adequate research on the publication are the biggest mistakes freelance journalists make when trying to sell editors on stories, experienced freelancers and editors said during a recent workshop at Ryerson’s School of Journalism. The half-day workshop, Getting Started: Conversations About How to Freelance, explored what it…

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  • Conference offers survival tips for journalists dealing with sexual harassment

    By AMANDA POPE Staff reporter April 18, 2018 Journalists who are sexually harassed by sources, on social media or in their newsrooms should document the incident, find a support network and be aware of how their union can help, panellists told an audience of young reporters at the Ryerson Review of Journalism’s spring conference. The two-day event, #MediaToo: The #MeToo movement…

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