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.
STUDENT TEAM MEMBERS
Silas Le Blanc (Fall 2021 - Winter 2022)
Silas Le Blanc is a student data journalist and first year master of journalism student. Her past experience includes working as an intern at The Logic and as The Varsity’s sports editor and managing editor online.
Tabassum Sultana (Fall 2021 - Winter 2022)
Tabassum Sultana provides data analysis and coding support for the Local News Data Hub. She is currently completing her master’s degree in computer science at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and a thesis that focuses on domain natural language processing. Tabassum previously obtained a master’s degree in computer applications and a bachelor of science degree majoring in computer science, mathematics and statistics from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. Before coming to Canada she was a lecturer for more than a decade in the department of computer science and engineering at Jubail University College in Saudi Arabia.
Kayla Zhu (Fall 2021 - Winter 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.
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.
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 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, 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 Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies and is involved with the library’s Indigenous Engagement Plan.
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 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.