Remembering my teacher

By Arnold Auguste Wednesday July 23 2014 in Opinion
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By Arnold Auguste, Publisher

 

There was a mix of sadness and fond memories as I read in Sunday’s Toronto Star of the passing of one of my former Ryerson journalism professors, John McCallum.

 

John died earlier this month at the age of 90.

 

I have often thought of him while editing copy. I would see a word or phrase he didn’t like. In some cases, I don’t even think it was so much that certain words were wrong, or incorrectly used, just that he didn’t approve of them or of their usage in news copy. And, even today, almost 40 years later, I never use them. I still remember.

 

Then there were other things such as describing someone as ‘famous”, for example. He would say that if the person was really famous we didn’t need to say so.

 

Make sense, doesn’t it?

 

Simple things.

 

Over the years, I have never failed to give credit to Ryerson for my training in journalism. What I learned there has helped in no small way to the success of Share. However, people such as John McCallum who, with patience, clarity, commitment to the art of journalism and love for the craft, shared their knowledge generously and energetically, are the ones who really deserve the credit.

 

I hope his rest is peaceful.

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