Ryerson student wins business writing contest

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Daniel Viola, a recent journalism graduate from Toronto's Ryerson University, was named the winner of the 2012 business-to-business journalism student writing award sponsored by The ASBPE Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Viola's award-winning article, "The Ethics of Staging: Lifting the Curtain on the Rights and Wrongs of Recreating Scenes for TV News," appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism. His hometown is Mississauga, Ontario, and he now lives in Toronto. He has worked for several national magazines in Canada, including Spacing and Chatelaine.

A contest judge who selected Viola's article said that the piece covered the topic of broadcast-journalism staging - the posing of scenes by a camera operator, rather than using actual action shots - "in a comprehensive manner with numerous sources and detailed examples." The judge added: "The piece was well organized, engaging, and nicely focused on its target audience, one of the key elements of strong business-to-business magazine writing."

The presentation of the award will be Aug. 11 at the AEJMC National Conference in Chicago. The award comes with a $100 check and a one-year student membership in the business-to-business group the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

For The ASBPE Foundation, the nonprofit educational arm of ASBPE, it is the first year of collaboration with AEJMC, which presents student writing awards across a number of categories. The ASBPE Foundation encourages improvements in professional business-to-business journalism by helping fund training programs, and key awards, including the Stephen Barr Award for exemplary business writing. ASBPE is known for its annual Azbee Awards of Excellence, honoring professional print and digital business-to-business journalism.