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:
- Eric Morrison, former head, The Canadian Press
- Marci Ien, Canada AM host
- Jennifer McGuire, editor in chief CBC News
- Sam Donkoh, freelance journalist and p.r. professional
- Michael Brooke, Concrete Wave magazine publisher
- Bert Bruser, media lawyer
- Georgia Balogiannis, the Etobicoke Guardian, (Centennial grad!)
- Chris Boutet, deputy editor (digital) the Globe and Mail
- Heather Evans, CBC National News Health Unit
- Alexandra Ward, student
- Jesse Mirsky, student
- Sarah Taguiam, student
- Jeffrey Dvorkin, former CBC Radio News chief, NPR ombudsman, now U of T Journalism director