Being Erica at Centennial Journalism, More Awards, Barris on D-Day

(courtesy CBC)

Dean Nate Horowitz informs us that they will be filming part of the CBC series “Being Erica” at the CCC in a few weeks!
The Journalism department has won a Dean’s KPI award for having over 90% student and grad satisfaction.
Ted Barris will host June 7th Goldhawk show on Rogers Cable TV, as part of a new collaboration with CCC and Rogers TV.
Barris was interviewed by 680 News this week about his late friend Charley Fox, a former Canadian Spitfire fighter ace during the Second World War who wounded Rommel by bombing his car.  On June 6, 2011, a London, Ontario landmark was renamed in honour of the late pilot, who died in 2008, in a car accident, at age 88.
On Wednesday this week, June 8, at 2 p.m., at the University of Toronto downtown campus, graduating students from the UTSC/Centennial joint journalism program will be marching solemnly in their gowns to receive their degrees. Congratulations to all of you.  Centennial’s graduation ceremony for journalism is set for Thursday June 16 at Progress campus.
Rachel Muenz is now a reporter for Northern Pride news, in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan. She won 2 awards at the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association ceremony in April. Best tourism story (second place) and best post secondary education story  (3rd place).
Allison Werbowetsky also won awards at the same ceremony. She won third place for best story of the year, second place (she beat Rachel!) for best post-secondary education story, and tied for third for best health care coverage. Allison was working for the Prairie Post in Swift Current, Alberta.
Yamri Taddese traveled to Victoria, B.C, to the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada award ceremony where she accepted the award for best audio spot news story for her G-spot Valentine’s Day story. Here is part of her acceptance speech:
BEAC’s Jim Carr with Yamri Tadesse accepting her award.
I just got back from a trip to Victoria, British Columbia, where I received Broadcast Educators Association of Canada award for my Valentine’s Day radio story on the best-selling sex toy in Scarborough.
The story wasn’t my typical assignment, and I blush a little every time I play the audio clip. But I must admit that I had a lot of fun doing it. I had never been to a sex shop before, and walking in to ask how the We-Vibe II works was definitely outside my comfort zone. Yet, this is one of the many reasons why I love journalism. I get to go places I normally wouldn’t — with the right to ask questions I would otherwise be too shy to ask.
WHERE our Grads Are:
Alexandra Innes has a regular podcast on the Women’s Information Network where she talks about happiness. Innes is the author of several books, including “Change Your Mind, Change Your Life.”
Listen to her podcasts here: 
Baseer Syed is an editorial assistant at the Toronto Star. He writes that he is having a lot of fun working for the websites, social media networks and interacting with readers.
“This is a great experience for my career. I work in the newsroom alongside amazing editors who I learn so much from. And I am starting to “get” the psychology of online readers of news, something I think is very important in order to attract heavy traffic to media websites.“
Matt Romanda has a new job at Pagemasters starting this week. He graduated in 2006 and has been working as the Movies and Travel editor at Metro. His new job is with the Canadian Press/Pagemasters.
Theresa Suzuki has a new job at the Globe and Mail as assistant photo editor. She was a photo editor at the National Post.
Recently coordinator Ted Fairhurst asked us to tell him where our grads are working professionally since leaving the UTSC/Centennial joint program.
The following list is by no means exhaustive, so if you can add more, or update me, please let me know at
Josh Ungar, 680 News
Denise Falzon
Jeannette Rabito –  The Marilyn Denis show
Rosalyn Solomon- Toronto Sun
Eric Heino   Town Crier
Mahesh Abeywardene    The Lanka Reporter
Tasneem Yahya  _Canada Immigration  
Alexandra Sienkewicz   CBC Toronto
Joseph Taylor runs his own custom t-shirt printing company on Yonge Street
Uriel Mendoza is a teacher at a public school in Malvern
Louis Tam is a photographer
Laura Redpath is a reporter in Jamaica
Crystal Cossitt, working for SUN TV
Tyler Edwards took a post grad diploma program in sports journalism at Centennial College
Tiffany Kallinikos is taking a post grad diploma in public relations at Centennial College
Thandiwe Vela was a reporter in Edmonton and before that the Toronto Star and now is posted to Yellowknife with Northern News for the summer
Nicole Watts took a post grad sports journalism diploma at Centennial College.
Courtney Roberts Lawes in managing editor of Polysh magazine
Rima Ramoul is at the Town Crier
Selena Mann is a reporter with ComputerWorld Canada
Rachel Muenz is a reporter with the Northern Pride newspaper in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
Jason Jajalla is a photographer and designer in Toronto
Alexandra Lucchesi – Lifestyles magazine associate editor
Frances Horodelski – anchor, BNN television network Toronto.

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