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Deadlines approaching for j-school applications

If you are interested in enrolling in a journalism program at any of Canada's universities or colleges, it's time to get your resumes, applications and portfolios together. The deadlines for applications are fast approaching.

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U of T launches new post-graduate journalism program

Applications are now being accepted for the latest addition to the list of post-graduate journalism programs in Canada. The University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs says this new program will train subject specialists to be "super-freelancers."

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A new fellowship for foreign reporting

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship which will provide major funding to a journalist each year who wants to pursue a major story overseas. 

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Ryerson students get a special lesson in investigative reporting

Six Ryerson journalism students contributed to the research and reporting of a three-part  series published recently in the Toronto Star which detailed troubling practices in some Ontario high schools. The first story, by Robert Cribb, documented how some Ontario high school students are getting into university with inflated grades purchased from some privately run, for profit schools.  The second story, was a first-hand account by a reporter, Jennifer Yang,  who posed as a summer student at a school alleged to be handing out credits and grades for a fee. The third story provided comments from students who admitted benefitting from what was essentially a black market for high school grades.

Marta Iwanek. one of the Ryerson students who helped with the series, and her teammates reflect on how the story developed, what they learned from pursuing it, and offer advice to other students interested in investigative reporting. 

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Carleton’s Rwanda Initiative ends

Carleton University's Rwanda journalism exchange is suspended after five years due to lack of funding.  Carleton journalism graduates who went to Rwanda on the program share their disappointment with the news on Twitter. 

 

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J-schools and the digital age

A conference at the Unviersity of Maryland in October will bring journalism educators together to discuss how well they are adapting their programs to the changes happening in newsrooms and journalism.

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One j-student explains why she will no longer work for free

It's time for media companies to stop offering unpaid internships, says a journalism student, Bethany Horne. The only students who can afford to work for free the summer, she says, are those lucky enough to come from families with money. That's no way to bring diverse voices or fresh perspectives into a newsroom.

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One journalist scorns the advice that j-students should “brand” themselves

Journalism students are often told these days that if they want to make it in today's tough job market, they need to "build their personal brand."  One high profile journalist challenged that advice in a column which led to an interesting debate online.

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The UBC J-School faces a change in leadership

The Director of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, Mary Lynn Young, is leaving her job to take on a new role at the University.

Dr. Young will become the Associate Dean, Communications and Strategy, in the Faculty of Arts, effective July 1, 2011.

An announcement published on the school’s website says Dr. Young’s appointment to the Dean’s Office will trigger the search for a new Director or Interim Director for the School of Journalism, and the Faculty of Arts will work with the school and the Provost’s office to provide as seamless a transition as possible to the leadership of the school.

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Teaching social media tools to j-students despite clunky classroom software

Journalism educators may want to teach social media tools but often find it difficult given they are required to use clunky online systems for grading and communicating with students.

In a post published on Mediashift, a multimedia journalism educator Nathan Gibbs says, “These awkward systems don’t inspire creativity, enrich collaboration, or instill a passion for experimentation — all of which are required to survive and succeed in a rapidly changing media industry.”

But Gibbs has some useful suggestions about the innovative ways some journalism professors are using social media tools in the classroom.  Not every tool is appropriate for every class, but, he says,  there are undoubtedly ways in which most instructors can find room for at least some of these ideas.

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