RRJ Conference 2017

Breaking Barriers in Journalism

Join the Ryerson Review of Journalism on Thursday, April 6 for a discussion about breaking barriers in journalism. The conference coincides with the launch of the RRJ’s Spring 2017 print issue and will feature panels on surviving as a freelance journalist in Canada and on gender barriers in photojournalism. Coffee and light snacks will be provided in Tecumseh Auditorium, Oakham House (63 Gould St.). 

April 6, 2017

Entry: $5

Tecumseh Auditorium

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Entry + Magazine: $10

Oakham House, 63 Gould St

Keynote Address: Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for Canada Reads. His latest book, Brown, was hailed as “brilliant” by The Walrus magazine and “essential reading” by The Globe and Mail and made the shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in Nonfiction in 2016. He was previously a theatre critic at the Globe and has written reviews and features on arts and politics for all major Canadian publications, including the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Quill & Quire, Literary Review of Canada and ELLE Canada.

Panel 1: Gender Barriers in Photojournalism

Meredith Holbrook

CNN, National Geographic, Haaretz & more

Della Rollins

Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, National Post & More

Laurence butet roch

Artist-researcher-in-residence at Ryerson University’s Transmedia Zone

Sarah Palmer

The Walrus, Canadian Art, BBC & More

Panel 2: Surviving as a Freelance Journalist

Rebecca Rose

Freelance journalist and former staffer for the Canadian Freelance Union

Jason Anderson

TIFF, Vice, Reader’s Digest & more

Al Donato

Torontoist, Huffington Post Canada, Broken Pencil Magazine & more

Naomi Skwarna

Hazlitt, Toronto Life, Maisonneuve & more

Nicholas Hune-Brown

Walrus, Toronto Life, Hazlitt, Globe and Mail, The Guardian & more


Conference registration costs $5. For $10, attendees will also get a copy of the Spring 2017 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism with their registration. Purchase your tickets here.

Conference attendees are also welcome to join the RRJ at our launch party at the Rivoli on April 6, 2017, starting at 6 p.m. See our Facebook event for more details.

Contact Us

Lead Organizer: Claire McFarlane, claire.mcfarlane@ryerson.ca

Speaker Coordinator: Dylan Freeman-Grist, dylan.freemangrist@ryerson.ca

Logistics: Melissa Myre, mmyre@ryerson.ca


Ryerson Review of Journalism
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Toronto, Ontario
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Tecumseh Auditorium, Oakham House Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

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