As journalism students head back to the school, here’s a look at some of the new people who have joined faculties across the country.

By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor

As journalism students head back to the school, here’s a look at some of the new people who will greet them in j-school classrooms across the country.

Carleton University hires Aneurin Bosley

Aneurin Bosley, an online editor at the Toronto Star until May, joined Carleton University, in Ottawa, as an assistant professor.

Tim Doyle named coordinator of Centennial College’s journalism programs

Tim Doyle joined Toronto’s Centennial College as a professor of journalism and coordinator of the accelerated journalism programs. Previously, Doyle taught part-time at Centennial and Humber College. He previously held senior roles in digital media with Postmedia and Canwest, and also worked at the Hamilton Spectator and The Whig-Standard in Kingston, Ont. Doyle replaces Ted Fairhurst, who will stay on with the college as a professor teaching media law and ethics.


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Francine Pelletier joins Concordia University

Montreal journalist Francine Pelletier will explore data journalism as the Michener-Deacon fellow at Concordia University in Montreal. The annual journalism education fellowship allows an industry professional to spend time teaching students at a Canadian journalism school.  

David Brake joins Humber College

David Brake joined Humber College, in Toronto, as a professor. Previously, Brake was a senior lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire in the U.K.

Several changes at Ryerson University

Bernie Lucht, who recently retired from the CBC after a career spanning 50 years, joined Ryerson University, in Toronto, as a distinguished visiting professor at the RTA School of Media. Lucht was the executive producer of popular CBC Radio One shows Ideas and Tapestry. “Bernie is one of Canada’s most highly regarded radio producers and his involvement with Ryerson demonstrates our commitment to provide students with meaningful interactions with real-world perspectives,” said Mohamed Lachemi, provost and vice-president academic, in a statement. Lucht will give guest lectures and mentor students on their radio productions. He will also help to foster the school’s international media development initiative that allows students to earn academic credit while working with local media partners in a developing country.

Asmaa Malik, most recently the deputy managing editor of Montreal’s The Gazette, joined Ryerson University as an assistant professor. Malik was a reporter for the Washington Post and NOW magazine and an editor in various roles at the Toronto Star before moving to Montreal in 2005. Malik’s research interests include how emerging news platforms change journalists’ values and reporting, as well as diversity issues and marginalized sources in news coverage.

Meanwhile, James Turk, former executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, is joining the School of Journalism as a distinguished visiting professor. His appointment is effective Sept 1, 2014. Turk will organize a seminar series on freedom of expression in education, journalism, writing and publishing. He will also work with the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre to identify possible areas of research and opportunities for publication.

Kathy Vey, formerly of the Toronto Star and OpenFile, is Ryerson’s journalist-in-residence at the School of Journalism. She has a mandate to work with instructors to expand students’ opportunities to publish for-credit work and reach “real audiences.”     

Janice Neil, the former editor-in-chief of J-Source, returns from sabbatical and takes over both as undergraduate program director and as associate chair.

Tony Burman has completed his term as Velma Rogers Research Chair and becomes a distinguished visiting professor.

Maija Saari joins Sheridan College as associate dean

Maija Saari, former chair of the journalism program at Toronto’s Centennial College, joined Sheridan College as associate dean of film, TV and journalism. She started her new job in Oakville, Ont., on Aug. 1.

Taylor Owen joins UBC

Taylor Owen, the former research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia School of Journalism, in New York, joined the University of British Columbia. Owen joined the journalism faculty in July as an assistant professor of global studies and digital media.

Kenzie Burchell joins UTSC

Kenzie Burchell joined the University of Toronto Scarborough campus as an assistant professor in July. He previously worked for BBC World Service and BBC Russian Service and as the representative of the international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders, in Moscow. Burchell will look at the role of technology and emerging media practices in everyday life, focusing on the use of mobile and online platforms.


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