The Newsletter of RTA School of Media | November 2013

Message from the Chair
I hope your semester is going well and that as you wrap up your assignments and tests you take a minute to feel good about what you have accomplished. Sometimes in our rush and excitement we fail to reflect on how privileged we are to be doing what we are doing and to be part of such an exciting school.

Personally I cannot be prouder of what RTA stands for and how it continues to be enriched with creative thinkers. Students, faculty, staff and alumni seem to blend together into an RTA culture that is stronger than ever and providing a leadership role in the evolution of the world of media. Thanks to each of you for your support and commitment.

I would like to wish you and your families a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

Charles Falzon
Chair, RTA School of Media

Interest in RTA at an All-Time High
On November 7th, Ryerson University hosted Discover Ryerson, a day of events and tours for prospective students. The RTA School of Media was by far the most well-attended session, with over 350 high school students from the GTA and beyond assembling in the Ryerson Theatre to learn about our Media Production, New Media and Sport Media programs. Read more…
Media, Technology & the Future: Engaging Audiences in an Experiential and Interactive World
Join RTA professors Dana Lee and Hossein Rahnama as they explore the evolution of technology in the media landscape with a panel of RTA alumni and industry experts.

The panel, featuring RTA grads Jonathan Ingham, President of Phosphorus Media, Carrie-Ann Bissonette, Manager of the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson, and Jaime Heinke, National Marketing Manager for the National Speakers Bureau, takes place Thursday, November 28th at 6:30pm in the Eaton Lecure Theatre (RCC204), Rogers Communications Centre. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

RTA Celebrates its Top Students
Scholarship award recipients gathered with RTA alumni, professors and their gracious donors on Friday, Nov. 8th for a luncheon in the Alumni Lounge at the Mattamy Athletic Center. Congratulations to all the winners! Read more…
CRTC Launches its "National Conversation" about TV at RTA
“What better place to launch a conversation with Canadians about the future of TV than right here at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media,” asked CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais in a speech to students, industry professionals, media and faculty at the Let’s Talk TV – A Conversation with Canadians event, hosted last month by RTA. Read more…
diy days a Big Success at RTA’s Transmedia Centre
Last month the RTA School of Media hosted diy days, a creative convention held for content creators to stir up innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. This was diy days’ first ever event in Canada, and featured speakers, storytellers, designers, and content creators from all over the world. Read more… 
The New RTA Media Maker Space
The New Media program is excited and proud to launch the RTA School of Media Maker Space. Located in RCC194, the Maker Space supports student works involving interactivity, tangible media, digital fabrication and computational practices. A first of its kind at Ryerson, the Maker Space is one more way that the RTA School of Media is leading and redefining how media is practiced.

The Maker Space is now the new meeting space for #HackNights, a weekly meeting of students and faculty to produce work, discuss their projects and redefine media. #HackNights happen every Thursday from 6- 9 pm, and everyone in the RTA School of Media community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The New RTA Sport Media Program: A Closer Look
The RTA School of Media continues to be at the forefront of media education, this time with Canada’s first 4-year BA in Sport Media.The curriculum will focus on production, marketing, management, theory, and sport journalism. Read more…
Find Out More About the RTA Transmedia Centre
Imagine a place where ideas flow and build on each other; where you collaborate with talented people from all areas and create cross-platform works of art; and where you get free office space! This exists in the RTA Transmedia Centre! Read more…
RTA Faculty Updates

Dr. Richard Lachman and RTA grads Chris Kim and Vlad Cazan worked with documentary producer Kensington Communications to prototype a new app for the Royal Ontario Museum. The team experimented with various location-aware technologies and novel approaches to storytelling, resulting in what Kensington went on to commercially develop as the Scopify App. The app was released in October, with positive reviews.

Dr. Laurie Petrou will speak at TEDxTheAnnexWomen on “Breaking the Mold: Unlocking Gender Restrictions for Girls and Boys” on December 5th. The theme of this TEDx event is "Invented Here: How women and girls are reshaping the future". Dr.

Petrou also gave a talk at What Makes A Man 2013: A White Ribbon Event, showcasing her current creative work which uses social media, audio and video to explore gender constrictions and stereotypes.

Professor Ramona Pringle has been shortlisted for a 2013 DIGI award in the "Digital Personality of the Year" category, which recognizes distinguished online influencers. The winner will be announced December 3rd. Good luck, Ramona!

Check out this video about Dr. Hossein Rahnama and his research team, which established a research partnership with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario and succesfully delivered a "connected vehicle app" called CAVALIS.

Congratulations to Professor David Tucker, who won the Oakville Arts Council/Cogeco Stars Among Us Awards Literary Award for One Way Ticket, a collection of his published short stories released in 2012.

The International Journal of the Arts has accepted for publication Professor David Tucker‘s paper “The Digital Divine and the End of Art”, originally presented in June in Budapest at the Eighth International Conference of the Arts. It explores the future of art, as augmented reality replaces the screen with peripheral vision and bio-engineering turns the body into a living canvas.

Several RTA faculty members have been nominated for Ryerson awards: Professor Marion Coomey is nominated for the Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award for her work with students on The Global City; Professor James Nadler is nominated for the Dean’s Service Award for distinguished service in the RTA School of Media; and Professor Lori Beckstead is nominated for the Dean’s Teaching Award. Congratulations to the nominees and best of luck!

Student Updates

Fourth Year RTA student Hillary Tan recently produced the second annual Stand-Up for Ghana live comedy competition at the Comedy Bar. Eleven funny RTA students competed for audience votes while raising money to support Disaster Volunteers of Ghana, the non-profit organization with which RTA partnered last February to build a school and community radio station in a rural Ghanaian village.

A group of RTA students from first to fourth year were treated to an exclusive tour of the CBC Broadcasting Centre last month, followed by the CBC’s Annual Public Meeting. The meeting featured a panel discussion on how new technologies are "enriching the Canadian conversation" through radio, with radio personalities Matt Galloway, Anna Maria Tremonti, Steve Patterson, and others. RTA students were personally greeted by CBC President Hubert Lacroix.

Tickets are on sale now for the Wired City Music Festival, a 4th year practicum project that involves 5 bands in 3 venues, all connected together via live stream. Production Manager Aven Hoffarth was quoted in the Ryersonian as saying it’s the first time that she knows of that anyone has ever done a multi-venue festival streamed live.

Interested in cars? Third year RTA student Luke DiMarco hosts & produces a successful YouTube series called AutoTech, about “gadgets, cars, and a guy with glasses”, with over 8,000 subscribers.

The search for Canada’s next sportscaster found just what it was looking for in 4th year RTA student Anthony Bruno. Congratulations to Anthony, who came out on top on the show Gillette Drafted, winning a one-year contract as an on-air personality for Sportsnet 360 as well as a one-year contract to be a Gillette spokesperson

Alumni Updates

Sports broadcasting personality Jay Onrait (RTA ’99) has released a new book entitled Anchorboy: True Tales from the World of Sportscasting.

Acey Rowe (RTA ’12) recently began her new job as an Associate Producer with the CBC Radio One show Definitely Not The Opera. "The offer came straight out of my internship with DNTO," says Rowe. "I transferred to RTA because I wanted to work for the CBC, and now I do. RTA made it possible."

RTA grad J.E. Forman recently published Really Dead, a mystery set in the world of reality TV. According to Forman, "No RTA grads were harmed during the production of the book, but one grad reviewed it, two RTA Wall of Fame-ers are mentioned in it, three grads are thanked in the Acknowledgements, and RTA Productions is currently producing the book trailer. All in all, it’s a very RTA murder mystery."

RTA alumnus Graham Wagner, former Writer & Producer of The Office, has signed on to co-write a new animated series for NBC called Mystery Island.

RTA grads Katie Bishop, Ellen Bateman, Stash Capar and Justin Black recently produced a PSA and profiles of people in recovery for the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) and Bell Media as part of the 2013 Mental Illness Awareness week campaign.

Remember RIOT 1961? If you do, you might be interested in picking up an audio recording of the RTA comedy show on CD, remastered from the original vinyl record and complete with liner notes. Contact Ted O’Reilly.

Gayle Leona Jabour (RTA ’63) has co-writtena book entitled The Time of Your Life – Everyone Has a Story, which recounts the lives of 40 people from 50 to 100 years of age, including a number of Ryerson graduates.

Todd Spencer (RTA ’95) recently became Executive Director of People & Culture (English Services) at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Prior to this, Todd held positions as head of the CBC News Network as well as Executive Producer of the Asia-Pacific region for CNN International.

Smokebomb Entertainment released a new app game last month called State of Syn: The World Outside. The sci-fi puzzle-adventure game was written by Bob Lackie (RTA ’13).

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