Former CBC executive heads journalism school

Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation executive Donna Logan has been named director of the Sing Tao School of Journalism. Her appointment began Aug. 1.

Logan's extensive experience in both print and broadcast media includes senior positions at the Montreal Star as well as the CBC. Most recently, she was the CBC's regional director for British Columbia and executive director, media accountability for all of the broadcaster's services in English, French, radio and television.

"Throughout her distinguished career, Donna Logan has demonstrated dedication to the improvement of journalistic standards," said Daniel Birch, UBC's vice-president, Academic and Provost. "She is an extraordinary catch for UBC."

Logan served on the CBC steering committee that drafted and revised journalistic policies. She also headed a task force into the role of the broadcaster's ombudsman.

Also at the CBC, Logan served as: vice-president, regional broadcasting operations; vice-president, English radio network; program director and chief journalist, CBC Radio; and managing editor, national radio news.

At the Montreal Star, Logan was deputy managing editor, assistant managing editor, features editor, assistant city editor and general news reporter.

As well, she has served on the advisory board of Canadian journalism schools at Concordia, Ryerson and Western Ontario universities. She has also taught extension courses in journalism and given numerous guest lectures to journalism students at Canadian universities and abroad.

The Sing Tao School of Journalism will be the first graduate school of journalism in Western Canada and the only one in Canada to emphasize advanced academic studies. The school will hold its first classes in September 1998.

The school will be housed in a new building now under construction at the corner of West Mall and Crescent Road. The school and its building were made possible through the generosity of the Sing Tao Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sing Tao, a Hong Kong-based media corporation.