Thursday, January 24, 2013

Death, Cars and Apps at Centennial Journalism


 Lots of special events this month at Centennial Journalism in Toronto!

(Photo by Theresa Spohn/Toronto Observer)  
 Sandra Martin with moderator Ted Barris and instructor Ellin Bessner, who’s grandfather, the late Superior Court justice A.H. Lieff is also mentioned in Martin’s book.

Canada’s top obituary writer, Sandra Martin of the Globe and Mail, was the first guest of the Centennial Journalism 2013 Speaker Series Wednesday Jan. 23 at the Centennial College library. 

Martin, who’s new book “Working the Dead Beat: 50 lives that changed Canada” was published in October, 2012, gave students some inside anecdotes about Gordon Lightfoot not really being dead, except on Twitter, for one hour, and about who wrote Jack Layton's obituary.  

Follow her on Twitter @SmartinObits.  

Martin told students it’s daunting to be worrying all the time about which famous Canadian is going to die next. 

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Jennifer Pang, Lindy Oughtred, Dylan Roberston, Ellin Bessner, Sunnie Huang, Diana Faria, Sarah Taguiam, Nick Tragianis at the Independent Publishers Association of Ontario awards dinner Jan 16, 2013.

Six senior journalism students presented their final magazine projects to the publishers of the Independent Publishers Association of Ontario Jan 16,  2013 at a meeting in Scarborough. Faculty members Ellin Bessner and Lindy Oughtred were also invited to the event. The students Nick Tragianis and Diana Faria won for “Drive” the best new student magazine in Lindy’s section of Beat Reporting, along with faculty Jim Wilson.

Jennifer Pang, Sunnie Huang, Dylan C. Robertson and Sarah Tagium also won the award for best new student magazine, for “ONset” magazine, in Ellin’s section of the course, taught along with Paul Grossinger.

Both groups each had 30 minutes to present their projects to the publishers, answer questions, and gain valuable business advice as they continue to produce their great new niche magazines.

This is the fourth year the IPAO has sponsored the award, and has also provided mentorships and support for the Advanced Magazine Publishing course at Centennial Journalism.

Follow Nick at the National Post, where he is writing about, what else, autos.




The members of the program advisory committee of the Journalism program have been rolling up their sleeves this month, giving direction to some curriculum changes now being considered. A hearty welcome to the newest members of the PAC, who are lending their expertise to guide Centennial Journalism into the future. The new members include:

Jen Melo,  Senior Web Editor, Canadian Living Magazine
Mark Mietkiewicz with Centennial Journalism students at CBC October 2011
Mark Mietkiewicz, CBC, Manager-Internships
Brodie Fenlon, managing editor of news, Huffington Post Canada
Wallie Seto,  vice president, Independent Publishers Association of  Ontario
Monique Beech, Social Media Manager, Toronto Sun
Sara Koonar, editor in chief, 29 Secrets.com
Sara Koonar (right) at Centennial Journalism teaching about web analytics October 2012.




Tim Harrower at Centennial Journalism  (Paula Last/Toronto Observer)

Design guru Tim Harrower, author of “The Newspaper Designer’s Handbook”, and “Inside Reporting”, led a one-day workshop for Centennial College journalism students on Jan. 12, 2013. He talked about everything from designing for traditional print publications and the web to tablet and mobile devices. His mantra? It’s all about eyeballs – attracting them to our publications, that is! Photos courtesy of Paula Last/Toronto Observer.



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Centennial Journalism success stories January 2013

I was asked to put this together in advance our the Centennial Journalism Program Advisory Committee meeting this coming week. So here is just a sampling of what some of the Centennial Journalism students are doing now. First, the students in the joint journalism program with Centennial and the University of Toronto. If you have more that I missed, please do send them along.






Ellin Bessner photo



1. Graduating journalism students (from L to R) Jennifer Pang, Dylan Robertson, Sarah Taguiam and Sunnie Huang won the Independent Publishers Association of Ontario award for best new student magazine at their Dec 2012 launch-o-rama at Centennial. They beat out six other magazines for the title. They all were invited to attend the IPAO meeting/pitch session Wednesday Jan 16, 2013 at a Scarborough restaurant where they will pitch their magazine to the IPAO publishers and get ideas, and possible backers. They also are participating in Centennial College’s Centre for Entrepreneurship program this year, with mentoring for students and help to make a business plan, as they take this magazine forward.


Their magazine, called Onset, is for Ontario young entrepreneurs who hope to launch or have recently launched technology apps, or have businesses using technology, and tells them how to find money, how to hire the right people, how to find a cool office, and some profiles of two of Toronto’s most successful poster boys for the sector:
Brennan McEachran, 22, CEO of Hitsend
Bryan Xu, 29, managing director of Idea Notion.

They also have a Windows 8 App for their magazine, and their digital site is up and running. It is a digital magazine only. Their PDFs are online
Here is the front cover.

Courtesy ONset Magazine



2.  One of last year’s JJ students Kayla Kreutzberg is using her television performance and sports knowledge and public speaking and interviewing skills, since she was hired an in-arena host for the Ryerson sports teams at the new university arena on Carleton Street in the old Maple Leaf Gardens. (She’s the one in the middle)

Photo from Kayla's Twitter feed



4.  Yamri Taddese hired full time as a reporter with Thompson Reuters  Law Times in Toronto to cover law and legal affairs. She credits the Toronto Observer on her online profile! Recent stories included former Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s new job with McCarthyTetrault.
Photo from Law Times website



5.   Maryam M Shah working as a multimedia journalist for the Toronto Sun.

She does tons of videos and web extras and is always in scrums. This week she is covering the Ashley Smith inquiry in Toronto are coroner’s court.

photo from Toronto Sun website




6. Karen K. Ho  (from a few years ago) hired! In her dream job as a business reporter  in Mississauga for Yourmississaugabiz.   (Part of TorStar) After successful internships at National Post and Financial Post covering business this summer, and taking her Canadian Securities Course.
Courtesy her Twitter Feed.