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Some traditional critics would have you believe the Internet is an intellectual wasteland. Ryerson Review of Journalism writer Ava Baccari tells us why they are so wrong.

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RRJ wins big

The Ryerson Review of Journalism won multiple awards at the recent annual Association for Education in Journalism Mass Communication's Student Magazine Contest. In addition to placing top in the single issue category, three articles from the Winter, 2011 issue also won (two firsts and a second) — as well as two articles in the Summer, 2011 issue (two third places). Haven't picked up a copy yet? Check out Stephen Baldwin's newly-honoured AEJMC winning piece Vice Goes Global: How a foul-mouthed upstart became an unlikely outlet of praiseworthy journalism.

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War Torn

When foreign lands fall into chaos. In this memoir, Ryerson Review of Journalism reporter Vesna Plazacic asks why her younger self blamed Canadian media for failing to fully expose what happened during the Bosnian War, or as she calls it the Bosnian horror.
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Echoes of a Proud Nation: full documentary

Reporting within a small community presents its own challenges, but media in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake face a much larger, longstanding conflict with neighbouring Francophone media. The community of 8,000 is located across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal and is home to a flourishing local media, with its own newspaper, online news outlet and radio and television stations. We bring you inside Kahnawake with Echoes of a Proud Nation, a documentary produced by a team of Ryerson University Masters students.
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Do anchors still matter?

Ryerson Review of Journalism writer Jenna Wootton looks into the real meaning of Dawna Friesen, Global National’s news anchor — and the host of tonight’s Canadian Journalism Foundation’s 14th Annual Awards Gala.
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Quick off the mark

Who’s leading the way in the great media apps race? Ryerson Review of Journalism writer Brian Liu investigates the future of mobile media. 
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Missing the target

The Globe and Mail is ignoring educated people under thirty-five, writes Annie Burns-Pieper. What’s more, she adds, if changes aren’t made soon it’s going to cost them. Big time.

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How do I make my reputation as big as I can? Ryerson Review of Journalism writer Kristen Chamberlain looks into the wisdom of branding herself.
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“The Dying Course”

Meredith Levine teaches journalism at the University of Western Ontario.This past year, she created and taught the first-ever Canadian j-school course on death and dying. Levine’s graduate j-students visited palliative care units in the city, and interacted with the terminally-ill patients , as well as their families and health care providers. The result: a series of stories that will be hosted on But what is it like to report on subjects who may die, or did die, by the time the story was published? And how do you encourage students to keep going when it gets too depressing? We talk to Levine, and two of her students.
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The Hampson Interview

In the latest issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, now on sale, Dominique Lamberton profiles Sarah Hampson. Hampson has made a living writing about the lives of others — and a lot about herself. But now, for the first time, someone else is asking the questions. Still can’t get enough RRJ? Check out the magazine’s newly re-designed website (, for loads of new features — and a few more story teasers.
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