From the publisher
For most of its first 30 years, the Ryerson Review of Journalism has appeared twice a year, although we have experimented with various combinations for the timing of the two print issues. Now, we have decided to concentrate our resources on producing a single bigger and better annual review of journalism in Canada. The enlarged and enhanced annual print issue will appear each spring. We won’t just save costs this way; we will also serve our audience better with an issue that has been prepared by a united group of outstanding final-year students, collaborating on the single issue under the guidance of a single instructor along with leading professional editors and an art director. We also hope to feature longer investigative articles written as major research projects by our Master of Journalism students. All this, plus a seriously beefed-up online presence, details of which will come soon. I hope you enjoy the Summer 2013 issue, which will be shipped to subscribers in early April, and look forward to the Spring 2014 issue. Your subscription will be adjusted to reflect the number of issues you subscribed for. Meanwhile, keep watching RRJ.ca and following @RyersonReview. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks for your support
Ivor Shapiro Publisher, Ryerson Review of Journalism firstname.lastname@example.org
About Ryerson Review of Journalism
The Ryerson Review of Journalism is an award-winning magazine that offers an unflinching look at Canadian journalism. Produced by final-year students at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada, it comes out twice year. “The crucible is the experience of producing a magazine that has subscribers and newsstand buyers and advertisers,” says long-time Review instructor Lynn Cunningham, “a magazine that people take seriously enough to threaten to sue on occasion, a magazine whose stories are regularly cited in other media and sometimes reprinted.” Under the direction of faculty—with additional advice from industry professionals—students build issues of the Review from the ground up. In addition to masthead duties, each participant is required to bring a thoroughly researched, 2,500-word feature to professional manuscript standard. These stories, on current, pressing issues in Canadian journalism, constitute the bulk of the Review’s content. If you would like to subscribe to the Review, please click here.
A short history of The Review
School of Journalism professor emeritus Don Obe, who created the Magazine Stream and founded the Review in 1984, envisioned the publication to be “a watchdog on the watchdogs.” Its specific mandate was to probe the quality of journalism in this country. After nearly three decades, the filter has not changed: What does it mean for Canadian journalism now? The Review mixes tough analysis with probing profiles, and separates good journalism from bad.
The Review online
Along with a variety of multimedia contents, students produce smaller features of around 1,000 words in length for the online edition of the Review. The online features emphasize analysis, as usual, but the scope widens: What does it mean for media now?