All current undergraduate and graduate students at the Ryerson School of Journalism (RSJ) are invited to participate in an opinion writing contest, as part of the school’s March 14 teach-in day exploring the myriad challenges journalists are facing in this current political climate.

Journalism has come under attack in recent months. Distrust has been accompanied by attempts to our undermine our multicultural values, with Islamophobia on full display. Events in both the U.S. and Canada have real implications for the future of our industry and the craft itself.

To contribute to this discourse, the RSJ faculty are interested in reading op-eds inspired by the following question: What is journalism to you? As individuals from different backgrounds with diverse perspectives, entering an uncertain industry during a contentious time, we want your thoughts, ideas and insights.


Prize money (courtesy of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre):

$250 for first place;
$150 for second place;
$75 for third place.

The top three works will also be published on the RSJ teach-in website.


Submission details:

Entries will be accepted until end of day, Monday, March 20, 2017. Please submit your op-ed as a Word document and email it to: with the subject heading “RSJ Op-Ed Contest.”

Articles should not exceed 750 words in length.

A committee comprised of faculty members will judge the entries. Submissions will be assessed according to basic criteria, including clarity, coherence, original insights and writing quality. These pieces need not be written in a strictly academic style and should be accessible to a general readership. Citations and bibliographies are not required.

Any submission to this contest must be original, independent and unpublished work by the entrant. Ryerson University’s usual expectations regarding academic integrity will be applied.