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How the world’s biggest news agency struggled (and sometimes failed) to cover news from Hitler’s Germany.

In this presentation, based on original archival research, Gene Allen outlines the pressures that foreign journalists working in Nazi Germany faced in the 1930s, and examines the compromises that the Berlin bureau of Associated Press made to keep threats of expulsion at bay. AP’s experience raises questions that remain highly relevant today, as authoritarian regimes around the world use versions of the methods pioneered by the Nazis. Where should journalists draw the line — or should they draw a line at all — between reporting all the facts and maintaining a position that allows them to get at least some of the news? And how open should journalists be — as AP was definitely not — about the compromises made, and the justification for them?

WHEN: Wednesday, April 3 @ 1 p.m.
WHERE: The Catalyst, Rogers Communications Centre 230
WHO: You! All are welcome.

Bring your lunch, if you’d like. Light snacks will be provided.

This is a free event hosted by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre.


It’s March. You’re stressed. Take a pause to try mindfulness meditation and learn about research into its benefits for journalists and journalism students.
Featuring Ann Rauhala, journalism professor and FCAD Teaching Chair at Ryerson University.
When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Where: The Catalyst, Rogers Communications Centre Room 230
Bring your lunch and friends. All are welcome!

The Ryerson Journalism Research Centre is excited to present this talk by visiting scholar, Colette Brin.

Understanding News Users: Rebuilding journalism from citizens’ perspectives.
When: Friday, March 1. 12 p.m.
Where: Rogers Communications Centre, Room TBD.

All are welcome! Please RSVP on Facebook here.

Colette Brin is a Professor at Université Laval’s Département d’information et de communication and the Director of the Centre d’études sur les médias. Her research and teaching focus on recent and ongoing changes in journalistic practice, through policy and organizational initiatives, as well as journalists’ professional discourse. She recently co-edited Journalism in Crisis: Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016) and has published in various academic journals in North America and Europe, in French and English. Prof. Brin leads the Canadian team for the Digital News Report (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism) and served on the advisory panel for the Public Policy Forum’s Shattered Mirror report (2017). She is a member of the Groupe de recherche sur la communication politique (GRCP) and of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC).

Bridging the open Web and platforms: Alternative social media alongside the corporate Web.
When: Wednesday, January 30 @ 1 p.m.
Where: The Catalyst, RCC 230
All are welcome! RSVP on Facebook here.

Bring your lunch for a discussion with Jack Jamieson, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information.

Amid mounting concerns about the power of major Internet platforms, it is important to investigate efforts to build alternatives. This talk presents an empirical study of Bridgy — a tool for engaging with social media without surrendering ownership of one’s content to platforms. Jack Jamieson will describe how Bridgy’s developers attempt (and sometimes fail) to maintain a service that is simultaneously antagonistic and dependent upon corporate platforms. This study presents a glimpse at what the Web might look like in the future, and identifies challenges and strategies for getting there.

Bio: Jack Jamieson is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. His research investigates intersections of digital technologies with culture, with a focus on issues related to values, labour, and interoperability. Specifically, he studies how web developers shape the direction of the Internet by creating, contesting, co-opting and compromising with platforms and standards. His work combines qualitative and quantitative methods such as critical making, analysis of digital trace data, and interviews.

A Stitched Focus Group event
co-hosted by the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre

Time: Thursday, December 13, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Room 223, Rogers Communications Centre.

Please RSVP to secure your spot!

Magazines have traditionally been the home for well written, researched and fact-checked long-form stories.

But what if that kind of journalism was performed before a live audience?

stitched! is a live journalism concept and current project for Sonya Fatah, assistant professor of Journalism at Ryerson University.

stitched! asked this supercourse team to take the basic editorial idea for a narrative story and turn it into a performed piece.

The team will be debuting its piece in late March 2019. In this focus group, they are inviting people in the areas of theatre performance and tech, event production, magazine journalism, and multimedia to see a small sample of the performance.

This night is your chance to see the first preview of the content, offer your insights, ask questions and contribute to the collaborative spirit of the project.

All are welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

The team includes:
Sonya Fatah – stitched! Founder, Assistant Professor at Ryerson School of Journalism


Ryerson University:
Qudisya Jabeen – RTA Media Production
Elizabeth Colleran – School of Performance
Adam Chen – Master of Journalism

London South Bank University:
Claudia Van-Nimwegen – BA Theater Technologies
Arthur Skinner – BA Theater Technologies