Reports are out today that the Toronto Star is considering
closing down its famous Radio Room as part of staff layoffs and belt tightening
because of declining ad revenue. Here is the Toronto Star Union bulletin about the cuts.
The news also came in Steve Ladurantaye’s story in
the Globe and Mail.
This story has special reverberations for Centennial
Many of our best and brightest students have launched their
journalism careers thanks to the Star’s “infamous” radio room, where student interns
monitor the police scanners and chase down stories on overnights and weekends
and holidays, and then are rewarded with bylines on the online front pages, and
print editions, as well. Several
of our students worked at the radio room during the school year, and juggled their
“real” jobs while also trying to meet course requirements and assignments and attend
meetings with their classmates. Some are still there now.
Clinching a job at the radio room has been seen as one of
the best journalism internships in the country, and students from across the
country (many with master’s degrees) compete fiercely for a slot.
We do hope the Star changes its mind about the radio room.
|Photo of Adam Chester by Toronto Observer reporter Kevin Campbell|
It’s Reading Week for journalism students and staff at
Centennial Journalism in Toronto, but that doesn’t mean everyone is on a beach
somewhere drinking pina coladas. Well, except for Ted Fairhurst, the
coordinator of the Fast Track and University of Toronto Scarborough joint
journalism program with Centennial. Hola Ted!
But the sports journalism students and faculty are also down in
the sunny south, in Florida, although they are not lounging by the pool all
Program Coordinator Malcolm Kelly @sportsnag and Digital
Imaging coordinator Neil Ward and the students arrived in Tampa on the weekend,
after 25 hours on the bus, and are now busy covering sports in Florida,
including MLB’s Spring Training, and also reporting on up and coming varsity athletes
now living in the sunshine state.
Even when the athlete hails from across the pond in England!
Here is student https://twitter.com/Kev_Cam Kevin Campbell’s story about Marquette University golf
recruit Adam Chester, posted in @TorontoObserver “The Toronto Observer”.
Advanced Interviewing students with instructor Lindy
Oughtred got some up close and personal time recently with CBC interviewer
George Stroumboulopoulos, during Centennial Journalism’s annual trip to watch
his TV show at CBC headquarters in Toronto. @strombo.com
|Centennial Journalism students with George Stroumboulopoulos (photo by Mark A. Cadiz)|
Fast Track journalism graduate Alexandra Innes
recently won an Award of Excellence from the Poetry Institute of Canada for a
story she entered in their 2012 National Short Story Contest. The Poetry
Institute has now published a collection of short stories called Fireside
Dreams, which you can buy online through the organization.
Student Tichaon Tapawamba is making a name for himself among the @CityLife film crowd in
Toronto, and beyond, with a screening of his film recently at the Toronto International
Film Festival Bell Lightbox.
Tichaon was one of three finalists selected to
create a documentary, with the support of Academy Award winner Ben Affleck.
A story about Ticahon’s
work was recently published by GoodNews Toronto, where another of our JJ/UTSC
students Georgia Williams, is currently interning.
Here’s Tichaon’s Bio from
the CityLife project itself.
Bailey Stead, a graduate
from Centennial Journalism’s joint program with the UTSC, is applying to be a
contestant on the new Canadian version of The Amazing Race.
Deadline is Thursday. Bailey now works for Discovery.
Here’s her audition tape, with her potential race partner and cousin Aly Ferguson. Good luck girls!
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