About Us

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We are young journalists and writers with stories to tell. In an increasingly partisan world, we give voice to all sides of every divide.

Throughout our six main categories and 16 sub-categories, you will find a litany of new perspectives stretched across multiple forms of media.  We do not discriminate when it comes to point-of-view, asking only that our contributors have the necessary value, personality and research in their work to elevate it to our standards.

UP is a lifestyle. We provide one piece of finely crafted, exploratory content every weekday that we believe will teach our community something. We hope you join us each day in learning something new, in an environment as far away from an echo-chamber as possible.  


Meet the Unaffiliates


Founding Editor

Ben Cohen

Ben is the founder of the Unaffiliated Press. He wants to provide people with a platform for artistic expression and omni-partisan discussion. 

Twitter: @cocojournalism

Email: ben@unaffiliatedpress.ca 

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Founding Editor

Felix Wong

Felix is yet another sleep-deprived journalist who has withdrawn from the lucrative business of freelance writing to manifest his vision of turning an arts and culture mag onto the masses. Whether he succeeds wildly or succeeds wildly remains to be seen. Lover of cyberpunk, westerns and tiny bottles. Friend of computers and inanimate objects everywhere.

Twitter: @felix_k_wong

Email: felixwong_29@hotmail.com


Minh Truong

Winner of 2017 CIS Ontario InCite Anthology of Student Writing and 2017 Pickering College’s Joshua Weinzweig Memorial Honorary Literary Award, Minh now has two overly long and complicated awards to flex on his portfolio. A journalism student at Ryerson, he is an ambitious video journalist in the making, who loves to tell colorful stories about the lives around the world. A huge fan of JRPG, Indie Garage Rock, and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, he is always down for some hipstery and nerdy conversations with everyone, annoyingly distracting himself from finishing his assignment that is due in an hour.

Twitter: @qmtruong

Email: minh.truong@ryerson.ca

The Gang's All Here

The Post-Millenials responsible for our signature bipartisan voice.

Lead Editor

Aaliyah Dasoo

Aaliyah is a journalism student at Ryerson. She enjoys the value in both telling and reading a good story. Her job at The Unaffiliated Press is to make sure everyones CP is up to snuff so things on the site look nice and clean! Outside of UP you can probably find her in the library, or ruining some sort of baking endeavour. She also likes to think out loud on her twitter.

Lead Editor

Kiernan Green

Lead Editor 


Staff Writer

Vivian Cheng'

Vivian is a medical sciences student who discovered her passion for journalism by accident. Ever since a friend encouraged her to walk into the university newsroom, she’s been hooked. Her written works have mobilized her to find practical solutions to the issues she writes about. One day she hopes to work in the legal field to provide for her dogs.

Staff Games Writer

Funké Joseph

Funké is a writer from Toronto who loves making people laugh. He's pretty bad at games but he never stops talking about them.

Twitter: @flatias  

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Staff Film Writer

Brent Smyth

Brent is a journalist, film critic and amateur director from Hamilton, Ontario. He loves exploring, taking pictures, making movies and seeing the world – both on screen and in his travels.

Twitter: @brentsmyth19


Administrative Assistant

Sam Caruso

Sam is second year New Media student at Ryerson. She is also a blogger, musician, and martial artist. She is in charge of keeping The Unaffiliated Press running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.


Staff Sports Writer 

Santiago Maynard

Santiago is a college-level basketball player who discovered his love for sports at an early age. His passion for sports and highly opinionated nature keep him motivated to voice his side of hotly debated topics in the ever-changing world of sports.


Staff Music Writer

Cass Beau

Cass is a producer and sound engineer living in Toronto. You can bother them @seeseabeau on Twitter and Instagram.


Operations Co-ordinator   

Ally James

Ally is a creative powerhouse who is always quick with a joke and a fresh take.  She can often be found laughing a little too loud or doodling on anything she can get her hands on.  A future dog owner and web designer, she thrives on any and all things people, media and graphic for inspiration.


Staff Travel Writer 

Ethan Jakob Craft

Ethan is a traveller and writer from Phoenix, Arizona. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States and has visited over 40 countries. Ethan is also the youngest American to have ever visited North Korea, a title he earned at age 17. In addition to being a veteran traveller, he is an avid artist and pizza lover. Ethan is perpetually planning his next trip.

Twitter: @ethanjakobcraft


Staff Columnist

Karen Lee

As a creative industries student, Karen has always had a passion for content creation and creative expression. She loves to explore a broad range of topics through her writing, but finds herself often focusing on current events, with an emphasis on providing her own commentary and insights. She especially enjoys exploring the various dimensions of pop culture, technology and digital content. When she isn't writing, she is travelling, touching up on her lettering or seeking out all the best food spots with her friends.

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Staff Columnist 

Jennifer Sidoriak

Jennifer is a writer and TV show fanatic who appreciates telling great stories. Hoping to one day become a screenwriter, she reads all the scripts she can get her hands on and likes to stay in the know about industry advancements. Jennifer’s interests include film, travel, music, and good food, all of which she tries to keep up with. She looks forward to learning more through her articles and those of her peers.


Staff Columnist 

Dylan Freeman-Grist

Dylan is a Toronto-based arts writer with a focus on gaming and film. He's a senior journalism student at Ryerson University and currently splits his time between the Lightbox, Hot Docs, Parkdale and the weird part of Steam. Compulsive Killers listener. Strong opinions on hot sauce. Future Publisher of LIFE Magazine.


Copy Editor

Aaliyah Dasoo

Aaliyah is a second-year journalism student at Ryerson. She enjoys the value in both telling and reading a good story. Her job at The Unaffiliated Press is to make sure everyones CP is up to snuff so things on the site look nice and clean! Outside of UP you can probably find her in the library, or ruining some sort of baking endeavour. She also likes to think out loud on her twitter.

Staff Columnist 

Kayla Zhu



Staff Columnist

Akanksha Dhingra

A journalism major, living and working on my dreams in the heart of Toronto. Hey readers! I am Akanksha and I prefer to go by Ashi. I was in 7th grade when I started writing and daydreaming about being a travel journalist. Since then, I have not stopped. You can call me that nerd with a leather journal who writes and saves every important bit of her life in it. With a thousand uncertainties and doubts, I chose to step in this field of creativity and fight my fears. Writing has become my passion, from letters I wrote to myself to articles on some pressing topics, I filled the blank sheets. My aspirations, to be a travel journalist fuels my craze to capture the world with a small lens. All my trips and journeys bring me memory cards full of pictures. Some unknown cafes, life stories, new cultures and all the million things of world all stand captured. In the end, fun fact: I have an 11 year old Daschund named Buddy, he’s my oldie and I love him the most.