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.

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