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Canadian student creates biz newspaper

February 3, 2010

A journalism student at Ryerson University in Canada who interned with the Financial Times has created a business newspaper with the help of some business school students on campus.

Denise Law helped launch The Commerce Times, a student-run business newspaper developed with colleagues from the Ted Rogers School of Management. In addition, Law spent the first half of 2009 studying in the Netherlands and while there, established The Commerce Times’ international business news section, covering the impact of the economic crisis in Europe.

Antoinette Mercurio writes, “Law’s fascination with business stems partially from her friends who said they were intimidated by financial news. She wanted to take ‘complex data and make it more accessible and enjoyable to read.’ As well, the closing of her father’s 20-year-old textile business made her realize how precarious the economy can become.

“‘There are so many stories that are left uncovered. I wanted to lend a voice to the business community, because the industry is sometimes misunderstood as complex or purely for-profit,’ Law said. ‘Many organizations add a lot of value to our economy, create jobs and enrich our lives — that’s something I hoped to convey.’

“The Seymour Schulich Undergraduate Award in Financial Journalism was created by the Canadian financier who was inspired by his own experience as the recipient of a generous scholarship. The award is meant to give a final-year journalism student a chance to study, enrich and explore their sense of the world.”

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