We are very lucky at Centennial College's three journalism programs (Fast Track post graduate, undergraduate joint program with University of Toronto, and the three year diploma for post secondary students).
Because our Program Advisory Committee -- the folks who volunteer to make sure we are doing a good job delivering the right mix of training and opportunities for our students -- is made up of dedicated, committed professionals from the journalism industry.
I don't think many people realize how much time and thought the members of our PAC put in to keep Centennial Journalism on the cutting edge of journalism education, and combined with the energy and vision of the faculty and staff, and the talented students, it was a very rewarding opportunity for me to attend the most recent meeting, to share what we are doing, and ask them for advice and input.
Some of the discussions ranged around telling Centennial Journalism's story more effectively on the web, and about possible new courses or future speakers and panel discussions for the students, especially about the ethics of online corrections.
The members of the PAC are:
|Alex Ward (student), Lindy Oughtred (faculty) and Nate Horowitz (Dean) at the program advisory committee meeting for Journalism|
|Stephen Cogan, Centennial College Journalism Coordinator, and Marci Ien, CTV Canada AM|
|Eric Morrison, former head The Canadian Press, committee chair, and Bert Bruser, media lawyer Toronto Star|
|Jeffrey Dvorkin, U of T Journalism director|
|Marci Ien, CTV Canada AM|
|Georgia Balogiannis, The Etobicoke Guardian|
|Really bad and blurry photo of Heather Evans (sorry!) , CBC National News Health desk, executive producer (bottom right)|
|Jennifer McGuire, CBC News editor in chief|
Yemeni journalist Khaled al-Hammadi, with Al Jazeera, won the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression International Press Freedom award here in Toronto in November. We were lucky to have him visit journalism students at Centennial College during his whirlwind trip to the city for the ceremonies. Students asked him how he got interested in journalism, what dangers he has faced, how he gets stories when in Yemen only the government is permitted to speak on the record, and other aspects of his courageous career trying to cover the Arab Spring and its effects in Yemen.
|Khaled Al Hammadi with Centennial/U of T joint journalism program coordinator Ted Fairhurst|
|Khaled Al Hammadi talks to Centennial Journalism students|
Where are they now?
|Jennifer Phillips at Toronto City Hall, December 2011|
|Jennifer Phillips' profile on Bleacher Report|