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Loreto: Surprisingly journalistic


 

When I received last week’s CUP (Canadian University Press) wire in my inbox, I was a little surprised by their choice of lead story.

It was “Student unions join forces for Fight Fees 14,” by Nora Loreto of the Ryerson Free Press.Yes, that Nora Loreto – former RSU president, long-time student politician and “social activist.”

Loreto is also the immediate past treasurer of the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario. I wasn’t surprised by the publication however.

I read the RyeFreePress for amusement; there’s nothing like a bunch of privileged university students campaigning against the great conspiracy of the week to brighten your day and remind you that we don’t actually live in a police state.

Anyhow, when I saw the byline, I thought I was going to end up reading a bunch of loosely-strung together talking points. Instead, the article was informative and surprisely journalistic in tone. Of course, it was not of a neutral journalistic tone, but there is nothing wrong with that – in reality, there is no such thing as a “neutral tone.”

So Loreto’s article is worth a read. And for other, even better coverage of the UofT “Fight Fees 14” protest, I direct you to separate articles in The Varsity and The Excalibur.

(Sorry, there is no link for the Loreto piece. Considering the source publication, I’m not surprised that actual newspapers didn’t pick it up.)

The Varsity piece has the most depth of all the choices.

The Excalibur piece mentions that the “fight fees 14” have sent libel letters to various media outlets warning them they could be sued for publishing comments by University of Toronto administrators that the “fight fees 14” hold to be libellous. (Yes, we here at Maclean’s got a letter too).

The comments have been published by pretty much every major media outlet with offices in Toronto. In a touch of irony, (and pointed out to me by someone else) The Excalibur republished those comments the “fight fees 14” consider to be libel. No word if they sent a lawyer’s letter to the student newspaper.

UPDATED: added a link to Loreto’s article as republished in The Muse.


 
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Loreto: Surprisingly journalistic

  1. Why the gratuitous attacks?

    “(Sorry, there is no link for the Loreto piece. Considering the source publication, I’m not surprised that actual newspapers didn’t pick it up.)”

    If I was a journalist for the Ryerson Free Press, which I am not, I would respond with this: Considering the source of that comment, I’m not surprised that it was retracted/corrected.

    Then again, I am not a journalist for the Ryerson Free Press.

  2. It wasn’t the lead story; it was just the first one uploaded.

    I chose to edit two stories about the Fight Fees 14 – one by the Excal and one by the RFP.

    The reason was that Ryerson’s piece was more on-the-spot coverage of an event, and the Excal’s was more an in-depth piece with multiple perspectives.

    This way member papers can opt to pick up whichever story best reflects their paper’s style.

    I’d also note that the Ryerson Free Press deserves more respect. They are certainly non-conventional and very left leaning in their coverage, but they are always accurate and hard hitting.

    They also have a tendency to get amazing interviews and behind-the-scenes scoops denied to other media outlets, because people and groups who generally feel underrepresented by the mainstream media trust and respect them.

    In my short term as National Bureau Chief, I’ve enjoyed working with them, and found them to be a terrific resource.

  3. Actually, starting today, I am officially a reporter for the Ryerson Free Press.

    I therefore would like to change my initial entry to read like this:

    Why the gratuitous attacks?

    “(Sorry, there is no link for the Loreto piece. Considering the source publication, I’m not surprised that actual newspapers didn’t pick it up.)”

    Considering the source of that comment, I’m not surprised that it was retracted/corrected.

  4. Thanks for the comments Sheena, we’re here to help anytime.

    Jason A. Chiu
    Layout editor (interim)
    Photo Editor (interim)
    Ryerson Free Press

  5. I look forward to seeing what you two can do with the publication.

    See you both in the beginning of October on the front lawn of Queen’s Park.

  6. All of these CUPpies must be bored or short of work in the summer.

    I’ll add my two cents in saying that like many papers the RFP is different and suits the campus it serves. Also, it would be hard for a large number of other papers to pick the article up considering that it’s a very small minority of student papers in Canada that have the resources/ability/readership base to publish summer issues.

  7. We will send you an issue by courrier.


    Wassim Garzouzi, LL.L – LL.B.,
    Features Editor (interim)
    Opinions Editor (interim)
    Ryerson Free Press

  8. Bored, are you kidding! I’m watching paint dry right now… very entertaining.

    It’s a very slow news week so far. I mean, I’ve got nothing in education that’s angering me at the moment.

    Only six weeks to go…..

  9. Joey Coleman – and all other bored journalists – the RFP is looking for you.

    We pay our freelancers.

    If you’re interested, please let me know. We have a mega issue coming out shortly.


    Wassim Garzouzi, LL.L – LL.B.,
    Features Editor (interim)
    Opinions Editor (interim)
    Ryerson Free Press

  10. As a proud former-and-present CUP staff member I think there’s nothing more satisfying then participating and or working at another paper that isn’t the paper you first started at.

    I’m sure you understand this sentiment of giving back to the community you were once a prominent member of, right Ross?

    Besides, what’s better than polishing one’s skills and helping those in need before one moves onto other publications (like dailies).

    Ross, I think your argument about CUPpies is a false dichotomy. What do you think?


    Jason A. Chiu
    Layout editor (interim)
    Photo Editor (interim)
    Ryerson Free Press

  11. Pardon my ignorance, but I actually needed to Wikipedia “Tin-Foil Hat” before responding to your comment Joey Coleman.

    Though you might feel more comfortable with one, particularly your own – “my own tin-foil hat” – we, at the RFP, have no official position on them.

    On a personal note, I think they look a tad ridiculous. But hey, who am I to judge. To each his own.

    The offer still stands.


    Wassim Garzouzi, LL.L – LL.B.,
    Features Editor (interim)
    Opinions Editor (interim)
    Ryerson Free Press

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