One of Toronto’s award-winning community newspapers, the Toronto Observer brand, has been given a spiffy new look, and the first edition rolled off the presses Friday for distribution in the Scarborough area.
|First edition of Scarborough Observer, new design|
The newspaper, with its online companion TorontoObserver.ca, is produced by journalism students at Centennial College in Toronto. It has two readership catchment areas: East York, and Scarborough. This is due to our dual campus locations for the past half dozen years: East York’s students at 951 Carlaw Avenue, near Danforth and Pape, and the UTSC/Centennial Joint Program students working from 755 Morningside, at Morningside and Ellesmere.
This fall, all the journalism programs are now located in Centennial Journalism’s revamped newsroom in East York, where students from both the U of T/Centennial Joint Program and the East York fast-track and three-year programs work side by side with the Sports Journalism students.
The redesign, by Observer instructor Andrew Mair, who also works at the Toronto Sun, was unveiled earlier this week, after extensive consultations with outside experts and academics. Stories will be shorter, they will be focused on how they impact the readers, and layout and colour has been updated as well.
|Andrew Mair with redesigned Observer template|
|Journalism students get a sneak peak of the new Observer|
What do you think? Click here to see the old Observer and the new one, side by side.
NEW TV STUDIO for JOURNALISM
As part of the overall renovations to Centennial Journalism, the broadcast studio has also been given a new look: a new lighting grid installed by technicians from Videoscope, under the leadership of Ken Thasan. The anchor desk was donated by Earl Helland of Up Workshop, who’s company has also built sets for Sportsnet, Maple Leafs TV, CTV and many more. It’s still not done yet, but plans are to have everything ready for the live broadcast October 6, when students will cover the Ontario Provincial Election.
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