All current undergraduate and graduate students at the Ryerson School of Journalism (RSJ) are invited to participate in an opinion writing contest, as part of the school’s March 14 teach-in day exploring the myriad challenges journalists are facing in this current political climate.

Journalism has come under attack in recent months. Distrust has been accompanied by attempts to our undermine our multicultural values, with Islamophobia on full display. Events in both the U.S. and Canada have real implications for the future of our industry and the craft itself.

To contribute to this discourse, the RSJ faculty are interested in reading op-eds inspired by the following question: What is journalism to you? As individuals from different backgrounds with diverse perspectives, entering an uncertain industry during a contentious time, we want your thoughts, ideas and insights.


Prize money (courtesy of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre):

$250 for first place;
$150 for second place;
$75 for third place.



Op-Ed Winner: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Justin Dallaire

The sizeable crowd that had gathered in Toronto’s dingy Wallace pub was proof that the subject at hand, “the state of journalism and where we go from here,” weighed on many people’s minds—

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