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Don Gibb


Professor Emeritus


Dip. of Journalism, Ryerson, 1968.

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Don Gibb is a 1968 graduate of Ryerson’s School of Journalism. After 20 years as a reporter, editorial writer and city editor with The London Free Press, Don returned to Ryerson in 1988. He retired in August 2008. During his time at Ryerson, Don taught news reporting to students in the first- and third-year of the undergraduate program, students in the two-year program for university graduates (now replaced by a two-year master’s program), and final year students working on the Ryersonian campus newspaper. Don conducts writing and editing seminars and coaches writers at daily and community newspapers across Canada. He is a visiting writing coach at The Globe and Mail. In 2001, Don was named Ryerson’s Professor of the year. In 2006, he received a second teaching excellence award based on a nomination by his students and in the same year received the president’s Award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for his outstanding contribution to journalism.

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Continues to conduct seminars for newspapers. Don has been in the newsrooms of more than half the daily newspapers in Canada and has conducted seminars and workshops for the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Canadian Newspaper Association, The Canadian Press, the Canadian Association of Newspaper Editors, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association, the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, Cariboo Press, the B.C.-Yukon Community Newspapers Association, and Globe and Mail bureaus in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Halifax. In 2008, he will serve as a mentor in a joint Canadian Newspaper Association-Canadian International Development Agency program that will send young journalists to Third World countries to write stories involving the work of Canadians.

Professional Affiliations:

National Newspaper Awards Board of Governors.
Canadian Association of Newspaper Editors.
Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association.