On covering the Montreal student protests
The Quebec student protests against rising tuition fees have been covered around the world, with extensive coverage in Canada as well, including regular news coverage, features, opinion pieces and viral videos. The CBC even created an in-depth, interactive timeline on its website.
Being a journalist covering the protests has been frustrating, and at times, dangerous. Journalists reported being intimidated and bullied by police, the victims of police and protester violence, and some have even been arrested. Student journalists face many issues due to the mere fact that they don’t have a press card but agree that though covering the protests has been difficult, they have an advantage, as they themselves, are students. (Judith Matloff gave some tips for staying safe while covering protests.)
But now, with talks between student groups and the Quebec government having moved behind closed doors, the nightly protests may be getting a little stale.
It may seem that the Montreal student protests has been covered from every angle in every Canadian city, but Bilbo Poynter says for This Magazine that there are definitely things the media has missed.