Reviewing the Review
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Reviewing the Review

Covers courtesy of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

At a party on Tuesday at the Cadillac Lounge, Ryerson University’s senior magazine journalism students crawled out of the incubator and onto two feet. As the cover band the Neil Young’uns played in the background, the two freshly pressed issues of the Ryerson Review of Journalism proved that the students are more than the writing world’s young’uns. The graduating-year publication takes on some of Toronto and the world’s biggest media forces, with mixed assessments. Morgan Passi profiles Toronto Life EIC newbie Sarah Fulford, both criticizing and praising her after the controversial “The Immigrant Experience” issue. The writer’s stories mirror the resilience, failure, depression, and optimism that are behind every printed word published nowadays. Greg Harris takes a look at the dying art of the tabloid headline by profiling the Toronto Sun’s Lew Fournier (who confesses his best ideas come while staring at the blank wall behind a urinal). The student journos are occasionally critical of their brothers in arms, but more often stand in unity with them. By making the conflict between the owners of the Air Canada Centre and the press who frequent it look like the greatest rivalry in the NHL, Andrew Wallace highlights a major press freedom issue.
But the wittiest contributions were among the shortest. One of the most entertaining reads comes in the form of a rejection letter to a query sent by journalist and former RRJ cover boy Ian Brown for an essay about his career rejections culminating in, “I do hope you’ll consider being rejected by us in the future. In other words, fuck off, we really like you, try again.” In the summer issue’s front-of-book charticle “Are you smarter than a Globe intern?” the questions posed to Globe and Mail internship candidates were asked to current Globe and Mail reporters Jeff Gray, Kate Taylor, Colin Freeze, and Graeme Smith (spoiler: the Afghanistan-savvy Christian Bale doppelganger comes up a little short).
The spring issue comes out this month and the summer issue hits stands in July; the articles should hit the Review‘s website by the end of next week.