RyeTAGA students win award for 7th time in 10 years

And the Toronto Star actually adds more reporters

I see my old alma mater, Toronto’s Ryerson University, and my former employer, the Toronto Star, are making news once again. The RyeTAGA (Ryerson Technical Association of the Graphic Arts) Student Chapter won the 2018 Helmut Kipphan Student Publication Award – for the 7th time in 10 years. In March, at the 70th Annual TAGA Technical Conference in Baltimore, MD, the RyeTAGA team presented its 2018 Technical Research Journal for judging. For their efforts, they brought back the first-place Helmut Kipphan Cup to Ryerson and its School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM). The journal was written by Ryerson GCM students and printed at Toronto’s Flash Reproductions on paper supplied by Spicers Canada. It featured digital embellishments from Konica Minolta Canada, with high-end finishing courtesy of Specialties Graphic Finishers of Toronto. Congratulations to the entire Ryerson student team of eight, including Trung Nguyen, Ryerson faculty advisor for RyeTAGA.

Have you bought any Gravol or Immodium lately to counteract the incessant ramblings from US president and liar-in-chief Donald Trump about the “fake news” media? As one who spent almost 20 years at the Toronto Star, let me give you some background. During my employment from 1969 to 1989, reporters usually had to get three corroborating sources before a controversial story was published. Today, it seems, only one is necessary – which is likely due to the ultra-fast and ultra-competitive new cycle, especially in the electronic media. Personal opinions were reserved solely for the editorial page. Today, the lines separating news commentary, opinion, and actual news have been blurred, while budgets for objective reporting have been cut. This is a troubling, slippery slope for any real democracy. That’s why it was so refreshing to see the Star more than double its pool of reporters in western Canada. It added 20 reporters to its current 15 at Metro newspapers in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, and added more in Toronto as a support team. So, while other publications seem to be morphing into house organs for the political leanings of their respective reader base, the Star, at least for now, seems to be going in the opposite direction. Good for them!

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.