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 2011-12, she is teaching graduate students in Research Methods for Journalists (JN8103) and Journalism Workshop (JN8108).
She served as interim director of the graduate program from January 2008 – 2009, after which she took sabbatical leave. In July 2010 she returned to directing the School’s Master of Journalism.
Joyce served as 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. With the help of colleague Abby Goodrum and journalism students she is completing a SSHRC-funded 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.
When not knitting, Joyce is a slightly obsessive student of all things Spanish.
Representation of religion in news media, quantitative and qualitative content analysis, online journalism, South African media, creative problem solving and design pedagogy
Information and Visual Resources for Journalists (JRN100), Introduction to Online Journalism (JRN112), Covering Diversity (JRN300), Reporting Religion (JRN510), Online Internship program (JRN414), Reporting Religion (JRN510), Research Methods for Journalists (JN8103), Journalism Workshop (JN8108), Online Journalism, New Media (JN8202).
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Online News Association, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion