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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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Deadline Approaching for the Michelle Lang Fellowship

The Michelle Lang fellowships provides a huge, and unique, opportunity for students to spend a full year reporting in two of Canada’s busiest newsrooms. At the Calgary Herald, the fellow will hone skills and learn what it’s like to work at a major metro daily. At Postmedia News, opportunities abound for those who want to work on stories of national interest. Both newsrooms promise a welcoming, collaborative experience. In honour of Michelle Lang, who held a Bachelor of Arts, the fellowship is not limited to those studying journalism. Even better: The fellowship salary is approximately $40,000 for the year, plus funding for the fellow’s special project. To apply visit Deadline to apply has been extended to June 3 for the September 2011 position.
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From one wannabe to another

University of Western Ontario j-school student Alex Ballingall wants to be an international journalist. But how to do it in a fair, balanced and captivating way? Well, it’s going to be damn hard, he writes, but not impossible. From his position as an eager, young journo Alex offers some modest advice on being a good international reporter and shedding your preconceived assumptions — from one wannabe to another.

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Foreign reporting fellowship to honour Jim Travers

In the midst of a long reporting and editing career, Jim Travers worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa and the Middle East.Now, a $25,000 fellowship in his name will finance significant foreign reporting projects by Canadian journalists. Peter Calamai has the details on the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship.
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“Why didn’t you tell me this before?” Why j-schools need risk & trauma training

Megan Radford is a graduate journalism student at the University of Western Ontario — she’s already undertaken an internship in Malaysia and covered the G20 protests in Toronto. Last weekend, in her final term, she attended a workshop on Journalists & Risk which explored physical and emotional safety considerations in her chosen profession. Now she asks: Are journalism schools paying too little attention to these issues — too late?
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2011 Dart Center Academic Fellowship

Calling all journalism educators… March 25, 2011 is the deadline for the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma’s 2011 Academic Fellowships.

The program is designed for journalism educators working with students on effective and sensitive newsgathering, storytelling and self-care when reporting on human tragedy and trauma.

The fellowship provides three days of seminars, training and discussion from June 15-18, at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, plus up to $500 of financial support for fellows to complete academic projects or develop curriculum. The in-depth training on teaching effective trauma journalism is open to college and university journalism faculty and student media advisers from North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

See the website for an online application form and full details. 

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J-students building online profile

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Alfred Hermida has this advice for his UBC journalism students: snatch up your name as a domain name and start establishing your professional digital identity.
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A guide to choosing the right journalism school or program

If you are interested in studying journalism in Canada, your overriding question is probably “Which j-school is the best one?” As J-Source Education editor Mary McGuire explains, there’s no universal answer. In this helpful guide, she provides a checklist of criteria to consider when evaluating different programs.

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