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Posted: April 26, 2011 in News-Student projects, Summer Camp 2010


Verse City is a program aimed at getting racialized and marginalized youth interested in pursuing careers in news media. The program specifically targets youth from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods who face multiple barriers to education, employment and access to community services.

Our goal is to share the tools and skills necessary to participate in the process of producing journalism.

Through the Verse City program, we hope to break down barriers and develop greater access to university education and participation in the field of journalism for marginalized youth.

Verse City Workshop

Verse City Workshop

The Ryerson School of Journalism is proud to partner with the Violence Intervention Project (VIP) at East Metro Youth Services (EMYS) beginning in 2008 to help build and create the Verse City Workshop – a series of workshops held both at EMYS and at Ryerson culminating in a four day long summer intensive multimedia camp.

The VIP program has so far produced a newspaper (the VIP Voice) and a magazine (Say Word)

Please take a look at the summer camp schedule for a breakdown of activities and events.

Hey Verse City Guys,

(Check out the article below which highlights how new technology is changing the face of journalism.)

Students at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism are coming up with new and creative ways of  making a journalists job a lot easier by introducing new technological tools that will  not only save them time but money as well.

Some of these new gadgets include:  (1) sport story generators that write coverage all by itself,  (2) Microsoft plug-ins, which allow journalists to research/fact check stories at the same time and (3) iPhone applications that provide daily news in 10 minute increments.

Read more about what these students are working on at:

This article is courtesy of Read, Write and Web  a blog that discusses upcoming web technology and techno-news.

Changing Scarborough's imageOnce nicknamed “Scarlem,” this community finds itself at the forefront of a change.

Matthew Gutwillig│April 13, 2009

The media portrayal of Scarborough as a violent-ridden community escalated during the “Year of the Gun” in 2005. Don Gillmor’s 2007 article in Toronto Life, “The Scarborough Curse” put the nail in the coffin for the area by describing it as “a mess of street gangs, firebombings and stabbings.”

Through this turbulent time, local social agencies continue to work on reducing violence and restoring the community’s tainted reputation.

East Metro Youth Services (EMYS) has been at the forefront of this effort and is a Scarborough-run mental-health centre for children that fosters two separate anti-violence programs for youth called the Respect in Schools Everywhere (RISE) program and the Violence Intervention Project (VIP).

Read the whole story…

Check out this story in the LA Times regarding a student project.

UC San Diego students and artists are organizing the Freephone Art Project in Tijuana, Mexico, says Diane Haithman in the L.A. Times (5/21/09).

They’re installing a phone on an outside wall of the student-run Lui Velazquez Gallery, at the Tijuana border, to provide people who have been deported from the U.S. a chance to make one free call after they have been returned to Mexico. The artists purchased a nonworking pay-phone casing on EBay, wired it to a new $10 phone and hooked the contraption up to an adapter that will allow the phone to make Skype calls anywhere in the world over the Internet. The artists are splitting the $20-per-month cost. Says curator Micha Cardenas, a longtime border activist, “[I]t uses this strategy of building the world we want instead of asking for it.” The phone goes live May 30.

LA TIMES: Freephone Art Project offers the deported a chance to phone home*