April Lindgren

April Lindgren

April Lindgren is a professor at Toronto Metropolitan University’s (formerly Ryerson University) School of Journalism and principal investigator for the Local News Research Project. Her research investigates local news poverty and the role of local journalism as critical community infrastructure. She spearheaded creation of the crowd-sourced Local News Map, which tracks changes to local news ecosystems.


Carly Penrose

Carly Penrose (Fall 2022 - Winter 2023)

Carly Penrose (she/her) is a second-year master of journalism student at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). She has a love for numbers and storytelling. Carly has bylines in national and hyper-local publications alike, from The National Post to the Annex Gleaner, and THIS Magazine.

Email: carly.penrose@ryerson.ca

Breanna Schnurr

Breanna Schnurr (Fall 2022 - Winter 2023)

Breanna Schnurr (she/they) is a fourth-year journalism student at Toronto Metropolitan University. While supporting the Local News Data Hub in her position as student data journalist, Breanna is also spending her last year as co-editor-In-chief of the campus publication New Wave Magazine. Previously, Breanna has worked for the school of journalism office, the travel blog company JourneyWoman and campus radio CJRU.

Email: breanna.schnurr@ryerson.ca


Kayla Zhu (Fall 2021 - Fall 2022)

Kayla Zhu, a student data journalist, is a fourth-year student at the School of Journalism minoring in visual communications. Previously, she has worked as a reporter for J-Source, online editor for The Eyeopener and managing editor for Folio Magazine.

Email: kayla.zhu@ryerson.ca


Nicole Blanchett

Nicole Blanchett

Dr. Nicole Blanchett is an associate professor in Toronto Metropolitan University’s (formerly Ryerson University) School of Journalism. Her research focuses on journalistic role performance, the use of audience data in newsrooms, and the changing boundaries and definitions of journalism, as seen in papers published in Journalism Practice and Digital Journalism. She previously worked as a news producer and writer at Citytv in Toronto.

Murtaza Haider

Murtaza Haider

Dr. Haider is a professor of data science and real estate management at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). He serves as the research director at Toronto Metropolitan University’s (formerly Ryerson University) Urban Analytics Institute and is the author of Getting Started with Data Science: Making Sense of Data with Analytics (2016). His weekly column on real estate markets appears in Postmedia newspapers across Canada.

Asmaa Malik

Asmaa Malik

Asmaa Malik is an associate professor and interim co-chair at the Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) School of Journalism, where she teaches digital and entrepreneurial journalism. She has played several key editorial roles at the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Walrus and the Star.


Kevin Manuel

Kevin Manuel, MA, MLIS is the data librarian at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) Library and is the university’s official representative to Statistics Canada. In his role as data librarian, he assists researchers with the location and retrieval of research data. Additionally, he provides research support for Black StudiesLGBTQ+ Studies and is involved with the library’s Indigenous Engagement Plan.


Angela Misri

Angela Misri is a journalist, novelist, and instructor with more than 20 years of experience, 14 of them with the CBC and now as the digital director for The Walrus. She is the author of six books, and teaches journalism and brand journalism courses at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and the University of Toronto.


Patti Sonntag

Patti Sonntag is an award-winning journalist and producer. The founder of the Institute for Investigative Journalism at Concordia University and a former managing editor in The New York Times’ News Services division, she has led the large investigative teams working on “The Price of Oil,” “Tainted Water,” and “Broken Promises,” among others. She is currently helping with projects at University of Victoria and APTN News.


Christina Wong

Christina Wong is the data analyst, GIS technician and website administrator for the Local News Research Project and the Local News Data Hub. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).