Learn new skills. Meet other teens. Connect with media pros.

Interested in journalism, media or yearbook? This conference is for you.

Find story ideas, try out TV reporting, improve your graphic design skills, learn what it’s really like to work in the news biz …. and so much more.

New this year, sign up for a one-on-one feedback session with a media professional or Ryerson member.

This conference is free to attend. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Who: The conference is open to all high school students and teachers. No previous media experience is required. All participants must register to reserve their spot in the conference.

When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Thursday, October 17, 2019. Full schedule to come.

Where: The Rogers Communication Centre, Ryerson University.
80 Gould Street, Toronto.

Questions? Email Laura Howells at lhowells@ryerson.ca or Jaclyn Mika at jmika@ryerson.ca.

Interested in high school journalism and media? Join this discussion group, facilitated by the Canadian Youth Journalism Project.

Register for the conference

Reserve your spot.




8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Meet in the lobby of the Rogers Communications Centre for registration.


9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Welcome and opening panel:

You don’t have to be a pro to do amazing work. Meet four young people who took student media to the next level.

Moderator: Sonya Fatah


  • Stefanie Phillips and Brent Smyth Uncovered bedbugs at Ryerson for The Eyeopener
  • Sonja Katanic, co-founded art magazine Plasma Dolphin in high school.
  • Graham Beer, founder of Cobourg Media

Room: The Venn, Rogers Communication Centre.


Breakout Sessions A (10:10-11 a.m.)

How to interview like a pro
Speaker: Piya Chattopadhyay, Host of Out in the Open, CBC Radio
Location: The Venn

CBC Radio host Piya Chattopadhyay has interviewed everybody from politicians to movie stars. She talks about the art of asking questions.


Jumpstart your news reporting
Speaker: Adrian Ma, Ryerson University
Time: 10:10 – 11 a.m.
Room: Catalyst
Dive into news reporting with journalist and Ryerson prof Adrian Ma.


Follow your path: Writing fiction, computer code and everything in between
Speaker: Angela Misri, Fiction author and digital director at the Walrus
Room: 187

Writing can take you to a LOT of different places. Angela Misri started her career as a pre-med student. Now she writes YA detective novels and works for one of Canada’s most prominent magazines.


How to grow your audience and build your brand
Speaker: Ron Nurwisah, Senior editor of audience engagement, Huffington Post Canada
Room: 189

Want more people to see your work? Ron Nurwisah from Huffington Post Canada talks about how to use social media to grow your audience and build your brand.


Podcasting and radio workshop
Speakers: Angela Glover and Michal Stein
Location: Slaight Radio studio

Get behind the microphone! Learn to use professional audio recording equipment and try out our recording studio.

Get inside the TV studio
Speaker: Gary Gould, Ryerson
Room: TV Studio D

Learn how to navigate a TV studio and have your chance in front of the camera.

Become a better opinion writer
Speaker: John Fraser, National NewsMedia Council
Room: 185

Write opinion pieces that will make an impact.


Breakout Sessions B (11:10 -12 p.m.)

Become a better reporter
Speaker: Matthew Braga, Senior technology reporter, CBC News
Room: 223
From finding a story idea to shaping a story, CBC’s Matthew Braga will take your news reporting to the next level.


Dive into arts journalism
Speaker: Samantha Edwards, Now Magazine
Room: 189
Everyone has opinions on movies, books and music. But what makes good arts journalism? How do you write a review that people will care about? Now Magazine’s Samantha Edwards takes you through it.


Become a better opinion writer
Speaker: Erica Lenti, This Magazine
Room: 185
Write opinion pieces that will make an impact.

Don’t be fooled online
Speaker: Craig Silverman, Media Editor, BuzzFeed
Location: Room 183
Is that actually REAL? BuzzFeed’s Craig Silverman is an expert in fake news. He’ll show you the skills you need to spot fake info online

Become a better interviewer/Reporting on politics
Speaker: Travis Dhanraj, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief at Global News
Room: 213


10 ways to make a good-looking newspaper

Speaker: Ming Wong, Assistant art director, Globe and Mail

Time: 11:10 a.m.


Feel like your paper can use some freshening up? The Globe and Mail’s Ming Wong offers tips and suggestions on how to best present stories. Bring a copy of your newspaper or design work for feedback!

Podcasting and radio workshop
Speakers: Angela Glover and Michal Stein
Location: Slaight Radio studio
Get behind the microphone! Learn to use professional audio recording equipment and try out our recording studio.

Get inside the TV studio
Speaker: Gary Gould, Ryerson
Room: TV Studio D
Learn how to navigate a TV studio and have your chance in front of the camera.


Lunch with a Pro

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: The Venn – RCC 103

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while chatting with working journalists and journalism students.

Lunch is kindly donated by Salad King.


Breakout Sessions C - 1:40 - 2:30 p.m.

How to write about anything or everything
Speaker: Fatima Syed, National Observer
Room: 219

From breaking news to personal essays, here’s how to handle anything that comes your way (even if you know nothing about the topic!).

Intro to 360 Video Reporting
Speaker: Adrian Ma, Ryerson School of Journalism
Room: 183
360 and VR video is an emerging form of journalistic storytelling, especially now that the technology to create and edit immersive video content has become more affordable and easier to use. In this session, students will get tips on shooting 360 video for reporting and get a chance to experiment with live 360 video for social media.


Legal facts you need to know
Speaker: Lisa Taylor, Assistant professor, Ryerson University
Room: Room 187
What pictures can I publish? Can I say that? Learn the legal tips every journalist should know.


What makes a good story?
Speaker: Mackay Taggart
News Director, Global News Toronto
Room: 189
Where do you find a story? The news director at Global News Toronto talks about finding good stories and deciding what makes the news.


Running a great student newsroom
Jacob Dubé, Editor-in-chief, the Eyeopener
Emma Wai, Editor-in-chief, the Reckoner
Time: 1:40 – 2:30 p.m.
Room: 213


Become a better interviewer
Speaker: Arshy Mann, host of CANADALAND Commons
Room: 185


Become a better photographer
Speaker: Gary Gould, Ryerson
Room: 223
Take your photography to the next level. Ryerson’s Gary Gould will show you tips and tricks for capturing better visuals.


Podcasting and radio workshop
Speakers: Angela Glover and Michal Stein
Location: Slaight Radio studio

Get behind the microphone! Learn to use professional audio recording equipment and try out our recording studio.


Closing remarks


Student media roundtable

3 p.m. – onwards.

Are you part of a high school publication or media club? Interested in starting one? The student roundtable is a chance to talk to students at other schools and share your tips and experiences.

Breakout sessions

Check back soon for featured speakers


Reporter, National Observer

Fatima Syed is the Toronto reporter for National Observer, who’s journalism superpower is her long spreadsheet of stories she still hasn’t written.  She was previously a reporter on the breaking news desk for the Toronto Star and an editorial fellow at The Walrus. She’s also the author of a chapter in the book “Subdivided: City Building in an Age of Hyper-diversity,” winner of the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards for Best Digital Initiative, and a 2018 National Magazine Awards nominee for Best Essay. She writes about politics, the environment and urban affairs.”


Fiction Author and Digital Director at the Walrus

Angela Misri is an award-winning journalist, author and educator. Her young-adult detective series, called The Portia Adams Adventures, is set in the 1930s, and her first middle-grade novel is called Pickles vs the Zombies and was published by Cormorant books in September, 2019. Misri has an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and has worked as a digital journalist for almost 20 years, first at the CBC and now at The Walrus. She also teaches in the journalism faculty at Ryerson University in Toronto.


News Director, Global News Toronto

Mackay Taggart is the News Director for Global News Toronto, leading and managing the planning, production and presentation of Global Toronto’s television news broadcasts.

Starting as a high school radio intern, Mackay has obtained a diverse range of journalistic experience throughout his career; serving as producer for multiple news programs on both radio and television, and having previously worked for a year in Sierra Leone as a journalism trainer for NGO Journalists for Human Rights.


Reporter and Podcast Editor

Stefanie Phillips is a young reporter inspired to share stories that matter to Canadians. She has been cultivating a career in multimedia reporting since 2013 and is currently finishing a degree in journalism at Ryerson University. After working for CJRU 1280 in Toronto, Stefanie fell in love with audio storytelling and has been pursuing a career in radio and podcasting ever since. She is now a podcast editor at Frequency Podcast Network by Rogers Media and recently did an internship at Metro Morning on CBC Radio. Let her follow you around with a microphone and challenge her to find the perfect music for your #mood.


Digital content and web design specialist

Lindsay is the Digital Content and Web Design Specialist for the School of Journalism. She joined the Ryerson staff in 2004 after receiving her Bachelor of Journalism.

As a freelance editor, Lindsay has created promotional and music videos. She also worked at Global Television News, teaching digital video editing.

Lindsay continues to work as a freelance web designer and multimedia consultant for numerous clients, providing advice on advancing their online presence, and in the development of company and personal websites.


Assistant Art Director, The Globe and Mail,
Ming Wong is an assistant art director at The Globe and Mail, where she designs news pages and creates visuals. She was previously managing editor, print of The Ubyssey, the campus paper for The University of British Columbia. Her high school yearbook teacher would be proud she still uses the trifecta (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) on a daily basis.


Assistant Professor, Ryerson School of Journalism

Throughout her career, Lisa has focused on the intersection of law, ethics and journalism.

She is a former lawyer and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist who teaches journalism law and ethics to undergraduate and graduate students.

Lisa’s research interests include state impediments to journalists’ freedom of expression and access to information. She is the co-editor of The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2017), a Senior Fellow with Ryerson University’s Centre for Free Expression and a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics advisory committee. She also leads the Canadian Worlds of Journalism study team, an interdisciplinary group that, together with researchers from 70 countries, regularly assesses the state of journalism throughout the world.

Her CBC journalism has been recognized by the Gemini Awards, the Atlantic Journalism Awards and the B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Awards. Her independent documentary production work has been recognized by the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival and the Yorkton Film Festival.

She holds both an LLB and an LLM from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where her graduate research focused on sexual assault complainants who face legal impediments when seeking to speak publicly about their experiences.

Lisa is an accomplished teacher who previously lectured at King’s College School of Journalism and Mount Saint Vincent University, both in Halifax. She regularly leads professional development workshops at CBC locations across Canada. In 2015, Lisa received Faculty of Communication and Design’s Dean’s Teaching Award at Ryerson University.


Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

Adrian Ma is an award-winning multimedia journalist that specializes in digital storytelling and personal branding.

He has more than a decade of professional journalism experience, with most of those years spent working at the CBC as a digital producer and news writer. He has also worked or freelanced for a variety of media outlets, including the Toronto Star, Hamilton Magazine, the Echo Weekly, CBC Sports, and the Canadian University Press.

He has been teaching at the Ryerson University School of Journalism since 2013, first as a lab instructor, and recently, as an LTF assistant professor.

He published his first book, How the Chinese Created Canada (Lone Pine Publishing), in 2010.


Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

Sonya is an assistant professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University.

She has an extensive background in international reporting and writing, having worked as a journalist in India, Pakistan, South Africa and Canada. She has written for numerous Canadian publications, including the The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maclean’s and The Walrus.

For eight years Sonya was based in New Delhi where she worked as India correspondent for the Boston-based web publication, Globalpost.com (now Public Radio International) and also wrote a column on India Pakistan-related issues for The Times of India. She has also produced radio and feature film documentaries.

She has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a Master of International Affairs also from Columbia. Sonya’s research interests include nationalist discourse and its influence on foreign and local coverage and the impact of youth journalism projects in vulnerable communities.


Cinematographer, Editor, Photographer

Gary is a professional cinematographer, editor and photographer. He is also a PADI-certified underwater photographer and videographer. Gary joined the School of Journalism in 1988 after working at CBC’s flagship current affairs program, The Journal. For 13 summers, Gary taught media courses (both Television Journalism and Film Studies) at the Oxford Media School in Oxford, England and recently taught in Mexico.

His credits include productions for CBC, CTV, the National Film Board of Canada, Discovery Channel, Toronto EMS, the Mayor of Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition, and various Christian mission agencies around the world. He has worked in Africa, Albania, the Amazon, Europe, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and Nicaragua.

Gary has a PhD in Communications from Regent University in Virginia. His dissertation examined television and film heroes and how audiences identify with them through costumes. He has a Master of Theological Studies from Tyndale College and Seminary and a B.A.A. from Ryerson’s RTA program.

Gary provides production and technical support to all students and teaches JRN 310, Video Production Techniques.

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