Ryerson Review of Journalism

Every year the Ryerson J-school puts  out two issues of this review of  journalism in Canada with, predictably,  mixed results. Basically, it’s a magazine  with an identity problem because it’s  just not sure who it wants to be for. Is it  a testing ground for J-school students  to try out their main-stream feature  writing talents in the hopes that they  will be noticed by Saturday Night?  (Many campus newspapers in Canada  have slowly evolved to being nothing  more than similar ciphers).Or is it a  hard-hitting magazine of criticism  aimed at shaking up the establishment  and challenging journalistic  assumptions? What we do know is the  Review’s weird mixture of sarcasm,  People-style interviews and industry  specific commentaries (ie. articles that  would only be of interest to journalists  working in Toronto I mean oops  Canada) makes for a fun if uneven read.  By the time you reach, say, the last funny  article on The Feng Shui (ancient art of  object placement) of the National’s  referendum coverage set, you decide  there’s way more good than bad in this  issue of the review, but the bad stuff  seems to linger longer, like a bitter taste,  while the good stuff just washes away  in the saliva of prose these young  writers spit out on the page.

magazine  Summer 1996, 80 pages  publisher: The Ryerson School of  Journalism  main creator: Allan Britnell (editor) $3.95, $16.50 for three years  350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON,  M5B 2K3  

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