Joyce Smith

Associate Professor Faculty of Communication and Design School of Journalism Toronto, Ontario j1smith@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6394

Bio/Research

Joyce Smith arrived at Ryerson in 2001 from the globeandmail.com, where she was features editor and a member of the founding breaking news team. She had previously worked at the Toronto Star as well as freelancing and serving as senior site editor for a commercial web developer. Joyce is the orig...

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Bio/Research

Joyce Smith arrived at Ryerson in 2001 from the globeandmail.com, where she was features editor and a member of the founding breaking news team. She had previously worked at the Toronto Star as well as freelancing and serving as senior site editor for a commercial web developer. Joyce is the original director of Ryerson’s online journalism program, and in addition has taught research, diversity and creative problem-solving courses to undergraduate and graduate students. In 2018 - 2019, she is teaching Intro to News Studies, as well as courses on Reporting Religion and Reporting on Indigenous Issues.

In September 2018 she became the academic director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre. She has also served as interim director (2008 – 2009) and director (2010 – 2013) of the School’s Master of Journalism program. At the university level, she is a member of the Research Ethics Board and has previously been part of the Academic Standards committee.

Joyce was a Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar representing a Canadian/American district while at the University of Natal in 1994. Apart from giving her a permanent appreciation for South Africans, media and democracy, her work investigating the coverage of religion surrounding the election of Nelson Mandela resulted in her PhD: “Reporting Religion in a New South Africa.” She turned her attention to Canadian media shortly after, including a study of national news as a Rockefeller Research Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of Religion in 1998-1999. She has also received SSHRC funding for a study of perceptions of religious representation in Canadian news media.

Joyce has been a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture. She hosted the 7th International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture at Ryerson in 2010. Her next side-project will combine her passions: learning to read Spanish knitting patterns.


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Media Relations

Lauren Clegg
Media Relations Officer
lauren.clegg@ryerson.ca
(416) 979-5000 ext. 7161

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Media Relations

Lauren Clegg
Media Relations Officer
lauren.clegg@ryerson.ca
(416) 979-5000 ext. 7161

Zandra Alexander
Media Relations Officer
zandra.alexander@ryerson.ca
(416) 979-5000 ext. 4282

Dasha Pasiy
Media Relations Officer
dasha1.pasiy@ryerson.ca
(416) 979-5000 ext. 2126

Johanna VanderMaas
Manager, Public Affairs
johanna.vandermaas@ryerson.ca
(416) 979-5000 ext. 4630

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Nadine Habib
Media and Rich Content Specialist
nadine.habib@ryerson.ca
(416) 979-5000 ext. 3608

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