B.A. (English) Toronto, M.A. (Journalism) Western Ontario, PhD (Religious Studies) Natal, South Africa
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 and visual resources courses, diversity and creativity classes to undergraduate and graduate students at all levels. In 2013-14, she is teaching graduate students in Research Methods for Journalists (JN8103) and Journalism Workshop (JN8108), as well as undergraduate students in Reporting Religion (JRN 510/NNS 510). She’s also a student, continuing to study Spanish at Ryerson.
She served as interim director (2008 – 2009) and then director (2010 – 2013) of the School’s Master of Journalism program. Other major service commitments have included co-chairing the school’s undergraduate curriculum committee as well as membership on Ryerson’s Academic Standards committee and Research Ethics Board.
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 director of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and was a research director for and a founding member of the Centre for Faith and the Media. She hosted the 7th International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture at Ryerson in August of 2010, and continues to serve as a director of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture.
Representation of religion in news media, quantitative and qualitative content analysis, online journalism, South African media, creative problem solving and design pedagogy
JRN 100 - Information and Visual Resources for Journalists
JRN 112 - Introduction to Online Journalism
JRN 300 - Covering Diversity
JRN/NNS 510 - Reporting Religion
JRN 414 - Online Internship program
JRN 510 - Reporting Religion
JN 8103 - Research Methods for Journalists
JN 8108 - Journalism Workshop
JN 8202 - Online Journalism, New Media
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, International Society for Media, Religion and Culture, Online News Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
“Occupying pews, missing from news,” chapter in Media, Religion and Gender: Key Issues and New Challenges, ed. Mia Lövheim, Routledge, 2013.
“Creative problem-solving key to Ryerson’s innovation workshop,” j-source.ca, Posted Sept. 13, 2013 [http://j-source.ca/article/creative-problem-solving-key-ryerson%E2%80%99s-innovation-workshop]
“Reporting on abuse in the Church should look beyond victims and bureaucrats,” j-source.ca, Posted Jan. 11, 2010. [http://www.j-source.ca/english_new/detail.php?id=4661]
"Chapter 11: Public," chapter in Key Words in Religion, Media and Culture, ed. David Morgan, Routledge, 2008.
“Dealing with new life from the morgue: A report on key copyright issues in the Canadian news media,” proceedings from the Third International Research Seminar in the series, Political Economy of the Southern African Media, published in Critical Arts: A journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 2006, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp 112-121
The Ministry and the Message: What Americans see and read about their leaders, research report published in print and online for the Pulpit & Pew project, Durham, N.C.: Duke University 2003, ISBN: 0-9725644-5-4, 56 pages