Newcom honors top-flight scholar

TORONTO —  Robyn Urback, a 20-year-old third-year Ryerson University Journalism student won the 2008 Rolf Lockwood Scholarship for Excellence in Business Magazine feature writing.

Newcom Business Media has sponsored the $1,000 prize for the past five years; and last night Today’s Trucking Editor Peter Carter attended the Ryerson Journalism School’s annual awards gala to represent Newcom and proudly present Ms. Urback with her prize.

The Toronto native’s award-winning feature was about a local woman who provides expensive wedding dresses on a temporary basis to new brides who otherwise couldn’t afford the outfits.


Robyn Urback, winner of the 2008 Rolf Lockwood
Scholarship for Excellence in Business Magazine feature writing.

Urback, a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program at Vaughan Road Collegiate, is halfway through her four-year Journalism program and said she hasn’t decided on an area of specialty yet but she’s not ruling out transportation journalism.

The Rolf Lockwood Award was established by Jim Glionna, founding partner and President of Newcom Business Media after Rolf Lockwood, the company’s Vice President, Editorial was presented with the Harvey S. Southam Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Business Press.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. Urback specifically thanked Newcom as well as all the other sponsors of the more than 50 prizes given to high-achieving journalism students at the ceremony.

Coincidentally, Ms. Urback also won the previous award of the evening, the Albert E. Wadham Memorial Award. That prize, named in honour of another highly respected magazine-publishing family firm, Robyn shared with Julie Ryland, and it goes to the students entering third year with the highest standing in the class. 

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