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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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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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