This year, The Society for News Design, which recognizes excellence in visual journalism, named Toronto's own The Grid as the world's best-designed newspaper for their circulation. "The design is minimalistic and cool," said the panel.

In honour of the honour, we asked The Grid's creative director, Vanessa Wyse, to pick five of her favourite magazine covers of all time. Here's what she picked—and designed—for the RRJ. (You can click on the image for a larger view.)

Posted on April 20, 2012


Greetings, readers!

I'm here to inform you of one more great event. Thanks to the always fabulous Nadja Sayej (of ArtStars* fame), the popular journalist-centred booze fest Press Pass is hosting a special RRJ-inspired event. It takes place on Wednesday, April 25, at the Press Club (because where else can you party hard with all your journalist friends and still feel scholastic?). 

Here's what Sayej has to say about the event:

"It is time! For Press Pass to merge forces with the all-powerful Ryerson Review of Journalism kids at Ryerson University—the whippersnappers, have you. Wasn't it Paul Knox who said something about dem "hitting the ground running"? Welp, news is history on the run and these kids have run a marathon, I'm sure. Come celebrate, meet the new school. Buy a drink, get a magazine, and more! Everyone is welcome! Even those crusty professors."

So, we expect to see you there. This event is extra-special because it's dedicated to both the Winter and Summer mastheads of the past year. It gives us a chance to celebrate each other (we're all working for the same publication here). Things will kick off around 8 p.m. and will last well into the evening. There's no cover and the drinks are cheap. Come hang out with us because we'd love to meet you.

See you at the Club!

Posted on April 19, 2012


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.

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. 
Posted on April 09, 2012