|Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.|
Stephen Cogan, Post-Secondary Program Coordinator
Stephen Cogan is the son of two broadcasters, and has his MA in Journalism from Michigan State University, one of the so-called "Journalism Ivies."
After graduation, Stephen worked as a reporter and editor at the Kingston Whig-Standard during the storied "Davies-Reynolds" era, when the Whig was considered one of Canada's best dailies. After that, he was a writer and editor at NBC News in New York, and then at CBC News in Toronto.
While at the CBC, Stephen began teaching broadcast journalism part-time at both Ryerson University and Centennial. Then he joined Centennial's full-time journalism faculty. He's remained active in journalism since, producing radio documentaries and contributing articles to publications like the United Church Observer, and the Recorder (the journal of the Ontario Music Educators' Association).
Stephen manages the East York edition of the Observer community newspaper, produced by Centennial journalism students under his and fellow faculty's oversight. He also teaches various courses, was a finalist for the college's "Wicken" teaching award, and a winner of the college's "Presidents Award of Excellence."
For more information on the Post-Secondary Journalism program, contact Stephen Cogan at:
Ted Fairhurst, Fast-Track Program Coordinator
Ted Fairhurst is a former CBC Radio News journalist. He now teaches part-time in all three of Centennial’s journalism programs. He also coordinates the college component of the Joint Journalism Program.
Fairhurst joined the CBC in the early 1970s after completing the Radio and Television Arts Program at Ryerson and undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. He also holds an MA in sociology from York University.
Over his 27 years at the CBC, Fairhurst performed several editorial roles as a member of the CBC Toronto local/regional radio newsroom. They included two periods of municipal affairs reporting at Toronto City Hall. He also worked as a general assignment reporter and desk editor. He was involved in the coverage of municipal and provincial elections, political leadership conventions and major stories that included the Mississauga train derailment and the public health hazard of lead pollution in two Toronto neighbourhoods. During the 1990s he was the morning newscast editor for Metro Morning and the editor and newsreader for Ontario Morning.
Fairhurst’s academic interests focus on media law and the ethics and history of journalism.
For more information on the Fast-Track Journalism program, contact Ted Fairhurst at:
Lindy Oughtred is a former community newspaper reporter and editor who worked for publications in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga. She specialized in feature and column writing, and won several OCNA and CCNA awards for her articles and layouts. She also collaborated with a psychologist on a book about violent male offenders and researched the history of an innovative educational program in Peel for another book.
Ms. Oughtred is currently incorporating lessons learned during a year-long sabbatical into her courses. During that year, she visited journalism programs at Northwestern University in Illinois and the University of Miami in Florida; observed topnotch reporters and designers at work at the Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald; wrote about health for Homemakers.com; learned how to write lively (and sassy!) headlines and cutlines at the Toronto Sun; and refreshed her copy editing skills at Canadian Living magazine.
Ms. Oughtred teaches courses in design, interviewing techniques and beat reporting, supervises field placements and is an editor with The East Toronto Observer, the journalism program’s newspaper. She hosts the annual Not-Quite-Ready-For-60-Minutes Interviewing Awards ceremony, which recognizes excellence in interviewing, and last fall organized a day-long design seminar featuring Dr. Pegie Stark Adam from the prestigious Poynter Institute in Florida. Ms. Oughtred and Dr. Stark Adam will be working together this summer on a major redesign of the The East Toronto Observer.
Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to the Globe and Mail and National Post, Barris has authored 15 non-fiction books, including bestsellers Juno: Canadians at D-Day, Days Of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945, and Behind the Glory: Canada’s Role in the Allied Air War. His most recent book Victory at Vimy explored Canada’s coming of age during the First World War.
After completing his Bachelor of Applied Arts at Ryerson in 1971, Barris pursued a freelance career across Canada … his broadcast work heard and seen on CBC Radio & Television, the CTV Network and TVO as well as on National Public Radio in the United States … his writing regularly published in periodicals such as Legion magazine, esprit de corps, 50Plus (CARP) magazine and Masthead. He also writes a weekly newspaper column - the Barris Beat – now available online at tedbarris.com.
Among the awards Ted Barris has received: the international Billboard Radio Documentary Award, the Yorkton Film Festival’s Golden Sheaf, as well as numerous ACTRA nominations. In 1993, he received the Canada 125 Medal “for service to Canada and community.” In 2006, the renowned 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canadian) Regiment presented its annual excellence award, recognizing his "contribution to the awareness and preservation of Canadian military history and traditions." He was also short-listed for the annual Pierre Berton history writing award.
Ellin Bessner is a professional journalist and a professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto.
A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Ellin worked for CBC News in the Maritimes, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto as a radio and television reporter, anchor and editor. She spent half a dozen years as a foreign correspondent based in Rome, Italy, covering the Vatican, Italian life, and conflicts and four wars in Africa, including Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire. She freelanced in Italy mostly for the CBC, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, and Deutche Welle Radio.
She also worked for the World Food Programme of the United Nations from 1989 to 1994.
She returned to Canada in 1994, where she was Canadian correspondent for Vatican Radio while working as a reporter for CBC Radio and Television in Toronto until 1997. That year she was hired to help launch CTV News Net, the all-news channel, now CTV News Channel, where she worked as a writer, chase producer and on air as a business anchor until 2006.
She has been teaching broadcasting courses since 2000, first at Ryerson University and later at Seneca College, before she joined Centennial College in 2006. She runs the radio and television news curriculum there, teaching videography, editing, podcasting, advanced magazine publishing, multiplatform journalism and interviewing.
She is a national director on the board of the Canadian Association of Journalists. And she freelances for the Toronto Star and other news outlets in the Toronto area.
Ellin’s most memorable career moments include interviews with Prince Philip and the Dalai Lama, covering Pope John Paul ll at the Vatican, the World Cup of Soccer and the 2003 Space Shuttle disaster in Florida.
Jules Elder is a veteran journalist and educator. He also works with OMNI Television, where he is a writer-editor in the News Department, Commentator and associate producer for In the Black. Prior to joining OMNI Television, he was managing editor of Share Newspaper, which he helped to launch. He is a former columnist for the Toronto Sun and freelance contributor for Radio Canada International.
In 20 years of journalism, Andrew Mair has done just about everything there is to do on a newspaper. He has been a reporter, sports editor, entertainment editor, copy editor, travel writer, movie reviewer, photographer, editorial cartoonist, page designer, general manager and the editor-in-chief of three newspapers. Since 1998, he has worked at the Toronto Sun as a copy and layout editor on the news desk. Prior to that, he was with the Toronto Star, editing on the city, entertainment, lifestyle and op-ed desks. He was also the editor-in-chief of three Metroland papers after working his way through several roles. He got his start at his hometown paper, the Elliot Lake Standard, as sports editor.
Mair has won numerous awards from the CCNA, OCNA and SNA as well as for his community involvement through newspapers. He has served on hospital boards, chambers of commerce and community advisory panels. He is also the founder of the Uxbridge Art in the Park festival. In 2006, he was editor-in-chief of ICON, Canada's first multimedia celebrity publication, which was a pilot project produced for the Ontario Ministry of Culture, employing 18 Centennial graduates.
Mair joined Centennial College in 2004 and has taught newspaper design and layout as well as serving as a faculty editor on the East York and Scarborough Observer newspapers.
Malcolm Kelly has been a sports journalist for 27 years, covering everything from amateur and Olympic-style to high school and professional events. He’s been an NBA writer (Toronto Raptors), NHL writer (Toronto Maple Leafs), Major League Baseball reporter (Toronto Blue Jays) and has worked on the CFL beat.
Malcolm is also a best-selling author of four books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Canadian Sports History and Hanging it Out on Camera Three: Canadian Sports in the Media Era. Malcolm has worked for the CBC, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Southam Newspapers, Canadian Press, Associated Press, Canwest Newspapers and Thomson Newspapers, plus spent some time in pro basketball as a public relations professional. He teaches in the Centennial College journalism programs.
Veteran magazine editor Peter Carter started his career at the Elliot Lake Standard. Since then, he has worked for some of Canada’s smallest publications — and for some of its largest.
The Manitoulin Island Expositor under Peter’s watch was the first weekly newspaper to win the coveted Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. When he was a staff editor and writer at Chatelaine, his Family Room column was one of the magazine’s must reads. Under Peter’s editorial leadership, the Metro Toronto Business Journal was named ‘Best Little Magazine’ in Canada by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. He was also editor in chief of Harrowsmith Country Life.
Currently, Peter edits Today’s Trucking, Canada’s pre-eminent business magazine for the trucking industry. He is quick to say that the students he meets while teaching magazine and freelance journalism at Centennial fill him with optimism about the future of Canada and its journalism.