Good morning to all viewers. Thanks for joining the Ryersonian's live blog of Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle's talk at Ryerson University. Doolittle is now well-known for her reporting on Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor, Rob Ford.
A couple of fun facts: Robyn Doolittle is a Ryerson journalism grad and now even has a Wikipedia page about her. And she's not that much older than a lot of us still in journalism school: she was born in 1984, according to Wikipedia.
And things are getting underway.
Robyn Doolittle was once the editor-in-chief of the Eyeopener
Doolittle is going to give the audience a chance to ask her "anything". Doolittle urges students to be nice to one another because you never know who will be your future boss.
Doolittle explains to the audience the genesis of the Ford story.
Doolittle's favourite memory hunting down the Bier Markt story. Says it will be the favourite memory of her career.
Using tidbits of information pieced together from Twitter, Doolittle manage to track down a source - right down to where he lived.
She says she fancied herself a reporter, not a writer. The longest thing she had written before the book was probably about 4000 words.
Doolittle goes through the process of putting the book together. Wanted the book to be a "behind the scenes" look that would provide some context.
"Who leaves their phone on" 'sigh' (laughter) Doolittle's phone goes off during the presentation, to the audiences amusement. #crazytown
"How am I going to get a portfolio?...I live in a town with two stop lights." Robyn recalls the road to journalism school.
Fact checking her book was a slow process.
Accused of "undermining feminism" because of "sexy" Flare photo by female reader.