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Everything—seven months of planning, discussing, organizing, and executing—led up to this night. It was Thursday, April 5, and we (the Summer 2012 masthead of the Ryerson Review of Journalism) were finally ready to reveal our baby to the masses. And, if I do say so myself, everyone loved her.

The evening got started around 5:30 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel ballroom, which our lovely PR team had decorated with white and red balloons. An assortment of tasty appetizers were served, and the bar was kept busy by thirsty party attendees. The crowd was a lively mix of Ryerson students and staff, industry professionals, and fans/supporters/friends of the magazine. Speeches were given by our publisher, Ivor Shapiro, our instructor, Lynn Cunningham, and our editor (that’s me!). One lucky party-goer walked away with a free gift basket courtesy of Labour of Love. Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle; your donation means a lot to us. As the sun went down, the party really got underway, with the masthead members and friends dancing until midnight.

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Thank you so much to everyone who came to the launch and supported the magazine. We’re thrilled with the end product and are just happy there are people out there who want to check it out. This experience has been amazing for all of us, so thanks for being—in any way—a part of it.

 
If you want a glimpse of what went on at the launch, check out the album on our Facebook page
 
Lead images via Elissa Mielke.