Ivor Shapiro has been appointed inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Free Expression (CFE) at Toronto Metropolitan University for 2022-23. The former chair of the School of Journalism at TMU, Shapiro will help lead the Centre’s expanding work on press freedom.
“We are delighted to announce that Ivor Shapiro will be the CFE’s first Scholar in Residence,” said James L. Turk, CFE Director. “During the initial period as Scholar-In-Residence, he will be completing his new book on press freedom.”
Turk said that Shapiro has done seminal work on the professional practice and attitudes of journalists, is a fine journalist, as well as being one of Canada’s leading journalism educators.
Shapiro is a former contributing editor of Saturday Night magazine and managing editor of Chatelaine magazine. He has written feature articles for those magazines as well as Toronto Life, The Walrus, Maclean's, Today's Parent and The Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine, among others.`
His magazine writing has been chosen for several anthologies, and he is the editor of The Bigger Picture: Elements of Feature Writing. His academic research has been published in Journalism Practice, Canadian Journal of Communication, and Newspaper Research Journal.
Shapiro has been honoured six times at the National Magazine Awards and has been a finalist for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for investigative journalism. His first book of literary journalism, What God Allows: The Crisis of Faith and Conscience in One Catholic Church was praised by critics in Canada as well as the U.S.
He is the former chair of the ethics advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists, and is the founding editor of the Canadian Journalism Project and its website J-Source.ca. He has also been a senior fellow at the Centre for Free Expression for the past two years.