Schools love to throw out statistics about their recent graduates’ employment rates. As a student run publication, the current Review masthead members are often caught worrying about their future after graduation (when they’re not worrying about their current work). Luckily—as many universities love to claim—we’ve got a pretty good track record. We’ve showcased some excellent journalism from former Review writers for the past few weeks, but we all know journalists usually don’t go from school to a cover story quickly. So today we’re checking in with some of 2014’s masthead, to see how they’re faring in their first full year on the job.

Last year’s senior editor Luc Rinaldi—who questioned whether religious newspapers were reporting or preaching—chatted with Chris Ferguson, the general secretary for the World Communion of Reformed Churches in Germany, for The United Church Observer. The resulting feature is a sort of stream-of-consciousness collection of thoughts from Ferguson about the United Nations, Gaza, his father, religion and hope.

One of three heads of research for the 2014 edition, Rebecca Melnyk is carving out a niche in urban planning and sustainability. Her latest work includes the story behind Kitchener, Ontario’s revitalization and the struggle for building owners to make their properties fully accessible.

Finally, anyone interested in hip hop in Toronto would be smart to follow Eric Zaworski. A multimedia editor last year, Zaworski contributes to Exclaim! and Noisey  and has taken on some interesting freelance assignments, including photographing a tiger in Toronto’s Kensington Market.

 

 

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