FROM THE PUBLISHER

For most of its first 30 years, the Ryerson Review of Journalism has appeared twice a year, although we have experimented with various combinations for the timing of the two print issues. Now, we have decided to concentrate our resources on producing a single bigger and better annual review of journalism in Canada.

The enlarged and enhanced annual print issue will appear each spring.

We won't just save costs this way; we will also serve our audience better with an issue that has been prepared by a united group of outstanding final-year students, collaborating on the single issue under the guidance of a single instructor along with leading professional editors and an art director.

We also hope to feature longer investigative articles written as major research projects by our Master of Journalism students. All this, plus a seriously beefed-up online presence, details of which will come soon.

I hope you enjoy the Summer 2013 issue, which will be shipped to subscribers in early April, and look forward to the Spring 2014 issue. Your subscription will be adjusted to reflect the number of issues you subscribed for. Meanwhile, keep watching RRJ.ca and following @RyersonReview.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.

Thanks for your support

Ivor Shapiro
Publisher, Ryerson Review of Journalism
chair.journalism@ryerson.ca
ABOUT RYERSON REVIEW OF JOURNALISM

The Ryerson Review of Journalism is an award-winning magazine that offers an unflinching look at Canadian journalism. Produced by final-year students at Ryerson University's School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada, it comes out twice year. "The crucible is the experience of producing a magazine that has subscribers and newsstand buyers and advertisers,” says long-time Review instructor Lynn Cunningham, “a magazine that people take seriously enough to threaten to sue on occasion, a magazine whose stories are regularly cited in other media and sometimes reprinted."

Under the direction of faculty—with additional advice from industry professionals—students build issues of the Review from the ground up. In addition to masthead duties, each participant is required to bring a thoroughly researched, 2,500-word feature to professional manuscript standard. These stories, on current, pressing issues in Canadian journalism, constitute the bulk of the Review’s content.

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE REVIEW

School of Journalism professor emeritus Don Obe, who created the Magazine Stream and founded the Review in 1984, envisioned the publication to be "a watchdog on the watchdogs." Its specific mandate was to probe the quality of journalism in this country. After nearly three decades, the filter has not changed: What does it mean for Canadian journalism now? The Review mixes tough analysis with probing profiles, and separates good journalism from bad.

THE REVIEW ONLINE

Along with a variety of multimedia contents, students produce smaller features of around 1,000 words in length for the online edition of the Review. The online features emphasize analysis, as usual, but the scope widens: What does it mean for media now?

CURRENT FACULTY

• TIM FALCONER is the author of three non-fiction books (That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care; Drive: A Road Trip through Our Complicated Affair with the Automobile; and Watchdogs and Gadflies: Activism from Marginal to Mainstream). He began teaching magazine journalism at Ryerson University in 1995 and this year marks the sixth time he’s been the instructor on the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

• LYNN CUNNINGHAM is the instructor on the Summer 2013 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism. She first taught at Ryerson in 1985, and served as a senior editor at a variety of magazines, including Toronto Life, Canadian Business and Quest. A recipient of the National Magazine Awards' Outstanding Achievement Award, she won a gold and silver at the 2010 National Magazine Awards for her memoir “Cause and Effect.”

• TIM DAVIN is the art director of the Winter and Summer 2013 issues of the RRJ. He’s worked on various magazines, including Canadian Business, Canadian Living, Chickadee, Chirp, OWL, Quill and Quire, TV Guide and Your Money, and has won numerous awards in both Canada and the United States.

• VERONICA MADDOCKS has been the Review's research consultant since 2005. She is Toronto Life's chief of research and, under the name Veronica Cusack, she won the Gold Award in the Columns category at the 1996 National Magazine Awards, an Honourable Mention in the Travel category in 2000 for "Gloucester Then and Now," and the Gold Award in the One of a Kind category in 2001 for her feature, "The Family Plot." Her non-fiction work, The Invisible Soldier, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2004.

In addition, editors from Canada's top magazines—as well as high-profile freelance feature writers and editors, and other faculty at the School of Journalism—help students develop their stories.

Awards

The RRJ has won myriad honours in Canada and the United States. The following is a non-exhaustive list:

National Magazine Awards

2012 Honorable Mention, Profiles: Ashleigh Gaul for "Northern Restoration"
2012 Honorable Mention, Profiles: Matthew Braga for "Classic Gopnik"
2011 Gold, Best New Magazine Writer: Liam Casey for "Suicide Notes"
2011 Honorable Mention, Best New Magazine Writer: Matthew Scianitti for "Not All Smurfs and Sunshine"
2011 Honorable Mention, Health &Medicine: Liam Casey for "Suicide Notes"
2011 Honorable Mention, Society: Liam Casey for "Suicide Notes"
2011 Honorable Mention, Profiles: Matthew Scianitti for "Not All Smurfs and Sunshine"
2010 Honourable Mention, One of a Kind Articles: Mai Nguyen for "I'm Dyin' Up Here...!"
2009 Honourable Mention, One of a Kind Articles: Greg Harris for "Pissed Off"
2008 Honourable Mention, Best Student Writer: Canice Leung for "Investigating Harvey"
2007 Gold, Best Student Writer: Julia Belluz for "I"
2007 Silver, Profiles: Julia Belluz for "I"
2007 Honourable Mention, Investigative Reporting: Lauren McKeon for "Into the Wild"
2007 Honourable Mention, Politics and Public Interest: Meena Nallainathan for "Staring Down the Tigers"
2007 Honourable Mention, Magazine Covers: Levi Nicholson for "Mr. Incredible"
2007 Honourable Mention, Portrait Photography: William Ciccocioppo
2007 Honourable Mention, Best Student Writer: Meena Nallainathan for "Staring Down the Tigers"
2006 Honourable Mention, Best Student Writer: Joe Castaldo for "Whyte Noise"
2005 Gold, Best Student Writer: Leigh Doyle for "So Long"
2005 Honorable Mention, Politics & Public Interest: Keren Ritchie for "Rough, Tough & Ready to Rumble" 
2005 Honorable Mention, Best Student Writer: Keren Ritchie for "Rough, Tough & Ready to Rumble" 
2005 Honorable Mention, Health & Medicine: Talia Maze for "Addicted to Hype" 
2005 Honorable Mention, Portrait Photography: Dafna Izenberg for "The Conscience of Nunavut" 
2002 Silver, Portrait Photography: William Ciccocioppo
2002 Honorable Mention, Science Writing: Jennie Addario for "Horror Show" 
2001 Honorable Mention, Magazine of the Year
2001 Silver, Politics: Kali Pearson for "The Wizard of Ooze" 
2001 Honorable Mention, Arts & Entertainment: David Fielding for "Three Men and a Dirty Little Baby" 
1999 Honorable Mention, Profiles: J. Timothy Hunt for "An Incredible Hodgepodge of Weirdness" 
1997 Honorable Mention, Illustration: Jason Schneider for "The Dying Art of Talking Crop" 
1993 Honorable Mention, Magazine of the Year

Rolling Stone Magazine College Journalism Award

2001 Profile of Naomi Klein by Lara Hertel, "Radical Chic"
1998 Profile of Michelle Landsberg by Leah Rumack, "The Personal Is the Political, Honey" 

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Awards

2013 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (People): Loren Hendin for “Tart and Soul”
2013 Second Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Feature): Stephanie Maris for “The Media Diet”
2013 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (First Person): Hafsa Lodi for “In Memoriam”
2013 First Place, Specialized Business Press Article: Gin Sexsmith for “Endangered Species”
2012 First Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Print Magazine (Editorial): Haley Cullingham, Editor
2012 First Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Print Magazine (General Excellence): Sara Harowitz, Editor
2012 First Place, Specialized Business Press Article: Daniel Viola for “The Ethics of Staging”
2012 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation and Analysis): Kasia Mychajlowycz for “Scary Monsters”
2012 Second Place, Consumer Magazine Article (People): Matthew Braga for “Classic Gopnik”
2012 Honorable Mention, Consumer Magazine Article (People): Samantha Anderson for “Northern Tenacity”
2011 First Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Print Magazine (Editorial): Liam Casey, Editor
2011 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation and Analysis): Liam Casey for “Suicide Notes” 
2011 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Feature): Ashley Csanady for “140 Characters in Search of a Story” 
2011 Second Place, Consumer Magazine Article (People): Matthew Scianitti for “Not All Smurfs and Sunshine” 
2011 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (First Person): Vesna Plazacic for “War Torn” 
2011 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Feature): Stephen Baldwin for “Vice Goes Global” 
2010 Third Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Print Magazine (Editorial): Katherine Laidlaw, Editor
2010 Second Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Feature): Mai Nguyen for “I’m Dyin’ Up Here…!”
2010 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation and Analysis): Matthew Halliday for “Anatomy of a Tragedy”
2009 First Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Print Magazine (Editorial): Marit Mitchell, Editor
2009 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (People): Ashley Walters for “Deconstructing Barry”
2009 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation and Analysis): Carolyn Morris for “One Powerful Union Tactic” 
2009 Second Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Feature); Greg Hudson for “The Long Goodbye” 
2009 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation and Analysis): Eve Tobolka for “Hot Topic”
2009 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Feature): Greg Harris for “Pissed Off”
2008 First Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Print Magazine (Editorial): Carla Wintersgill, Editor

Consumer Magazine Article: Investigation and Analysis

2008 Second Place, Online Magazine
2008 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation & Analysis): Canice Leung for "Investigating Harvey" 
2008 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Features): William Stodalka for "The New News Race"
2008 Honorable Mention, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation & Analysis): Alina Seagal for "The Russian Enigma"
2007 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Features): Meena Nallainathan for "Staring Down the Tigers"
2007 Second Place, Single Issue Ongoing Magazine: Julia Belluz, Editor
2007 Second Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation & Analysis): Amy Packwood for "A Wasteland No More"
2007 Third Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Features): Dana Lacey for "To You, I'm Fluff " 
2007 Honourable Mention, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation & Analysis): Angela Kozak for "The Numbers Game"
2006 First Place, Single Issue Ongoing Magazine: Marco Ursi, Editor
2006 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article (People): Joe Castaldo for "Whyte Noise" 
2006 Second Place, Consumer Magazine Article (Investigation & Analysis): Jacqueline Nunes for "Going Down" 
2006 Third Place, Online Magazine
2006 Honorable Mention, Consumer Magazine Article (First Person): Marco Ursi, "In Your Face" 
2004 First Place, Service & Information: Amanda Factor for "Dumb and Dumber" 
2004 Second Place, People & Places Article: Jennifer Allen for "To Hell and Back" 
2003 First Place,Specialized Business Article
2003 Third Place, Investigation & Analysis
2003 Honorable Mention, Specialized Business Article
2002 First Place, Investigation & Analysis
2002 First Place, Specialized Business Article
2002 Second Place, Investigation & Analysis
2002 Second Place, People & Places
2002 Third Place, Investigation & Analysis
2002 Third Place, Specialized Business Article
2002 Honorable Mention, Specialized Business Article
2000 First Place, People & Places: Alicia Androich for "Sink or Shift" 
1999 First Place, People & Places: Karen Moffat for "The Notorious Peggy Wente" 
1999 Honorable Mention, People & Places: Philippe Devos for "Saturday's Child" 1999 Honorable Mention, Investigation & Analysis: Tanya Coulthard for "Battle for Survival" 
1998 Honorable Mention, Investigation & Analysis: Chad Skelton
1998 Third Place, Trade Magazine Article: Colin Putney
1998 Honorable Mention, People & Places: Shawn Phelps
1996 First Place, Trade Magazine Article
1996 Third Place, Investigation & Analysis 
1993 First Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine
1992 First Place, Consumer Magazine Article: Anthony Seow
1992 Third Place, Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine
1992 Honorable Mention, Consumer Magazine Article: Andrew Leitch
1991 First Place, Single issue of an Ongoing Magazine: Simone Collier, Editor
1990 First Place, Single issue of an Ongoing Magazine: Allan Tong, Editor

Fraser MacDougall Journalism Award (Sponsored by the Ontario Press Council)

2007 First Place/ Julia Belluz, "Pssst - Try the Back Door to Cyberspace," November 6, 2006, www.rrj.ca 
2006 First Place/ Carley Baxter, "Paper Thin," Spring 2006
2006 Second Place/ Marlene Rego, "Fear of Publishing," March 5, 2006, www.rrj.ca

CITATIONS

The Globe and Mail 
"The Ryerson publications were at their best in years, leaving the impression that the media world is booming." — John Fraser, The Globe and Mail, May 21, 2005

Utne Reader
"Ryerson Review of Journalism is the most engaging magazine I've read about media in a long time. Published twice annually by journalism students at Ryerson University in Toronto, recent issues have included a substantial article on street newspapers, interesting profiles of small-circulation magazines like Geist, a report of the growing dearth of newspaper book reviews, and a history of the Indymedia movement." — Chris Dodge, Street Librarian, October 2003



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