TORONTO, March 19, 2014 --- This fall, Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre will be home to a state-of-the-art broadcasting centre, thanks to a major gift from Sportsnet.  Purpose-built for RTA School of Media’s new Sport Media program, the centre will expose students to the latest technology in field production, putting them ahead of the game in the growing field of sport media. The $750,000 gift to the Ryerson's Make Your Mark campaign will also fund student scholarships, digital media training, development and student-driven digital media productions.

“I think Conn Smythe would be thrilled to see a program for young sportscasters in the Gardens,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “Thanks to Sportsnet, we will have talented students at the hub of our traditional passion for sports, a great new focus on varsity athletics, and outstanding community teamwork advancing Canadian leadership.” 

As part of this new partnership, Canadian broadcasting leader Sportsnet and the RTA School of Media plan to broadcast a regular television series featuring university sports from across the country which will be produced by students in the new program, with up to four hours of coverage featured on Sportsnet 360 each year. The partnership will also provide students with access to leaders in sport media by way of guest lectures and other mentorship opportunities. 

“Canada is home to some of the best and brightest minds in the sports broadcasting industry, and we are thrilled to partner with Ryerson to provide cutting-edge educational opportunities for up-and-coming digital broadcast and production talent,” said Scott Moore, President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers Media. “We are deeply committed to providing opportunities in education for youth and young adults, particularly when it comes to technology, innovation and the future of sports media in Canada.”

“This funding will help give our students access to professional broadcast equipment and work with some of the leading sport media professionals in the field,” says chair of the RTA School of Media Charles Falzon. “RTA is also thrilled to be starting this premier program with such strong and tangible support from the industry it plans to serve.”

Launching in fall 2014, RTA School of Media’s Sport Media program is the first of its kind in Canada and will be housed at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. Students will be exposed to the creative, technical production, marketing and business sides of the industry, while becoming a specialist in the area of their choosing. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter the field of sport media as producers, creators, directors, writers, presenters and on-air personalities.

About Ryerson University 
Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 38,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 155,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca



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News release March 19, 2014