About Patricia Elliott

Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at
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Syria calling

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On Saturday, a Syrian camera operator was found dead with his eyes gouged out, the first death in an ongoing battle between journalists and the Syrian regime. Syria banned coverage of the demonstrations in May, leaving journalists to defy the

Alternative news in the Philippines

By  •  News is a donor-supported alternative news website in the Philippines. Reporters cover local and international news, with a human rights focus. Bulatlat also covers alternative media developments, such as the launch of Radyo Sagada, a new community radio station. The Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world to do journalism, and radio journalists have been particularly targeted in recent years. In such an environment, it takes serious commitment for ordinary citizens and professional journalists alike to stand up and deliver the news. But they’re doing it nonetheless.

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Where are women’s opinions?

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We know women have opinions, but where are they? Last year J-Source reported on the lack of women writing for op-ed pages. Now a new website is taking aim at the a lack of female pundits. Coupled with a…

Occupation blues

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Caitlin Curran is the second U.S. journalist fired for joining the Occupy protests, although she claims she held up a protest sign as part of a reporting exercise. Lisa Simeone, host of an opera program on NPR, was fired…

Briarpatch launches writing contest

Briarpatch is pleased to announce our first annual creative writing contest! We are now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essay, literary journalism). With award-winning author Lee Maracle as our judge and $600 in cash prizes to give away, this opportunity is not to be missed! The deadline for entry is December 1, 2011. For full contest details check out

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Call for submissions: Speak Magazine

It's that time of year again: Speak magazine's annual call for submissions. This year Speak is being headed by the University of Regina's jhr Chapter, with support from faculty and students from the University of Regina's School of Journalism and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Speak is an annual human rights magazine published by jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) that focuses on a different theme each year. University students across Canada contribute articles and one university is chosen to edit and produce the magazine.

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Rolling blogs

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“He's captured. He's wounded in both legs … He's been taken away by ambulance.” That’s just one quote among a flurry of electronic comments that pinged around the globe as Moammar Gadhafi met his fate. Several media outlets created rolling…

Oh, dear…

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Whether it’s the National Post apologizing for a nasty ad, or the Globe and Mail placing a disclaimer on humour, there’s been more than one report datelined Land O' Gaffes in recent weeks. Did Kevin O’Leary call Chris…

Police investigations cast net over media footage

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Vancouver police are serving warrants to collect hockey riot footage from media outlets. British media recently faced the same dilemma in the wake of the London riots. How things change: in 2008, a Quebec court ordered police to return Radio-Canada’s…

FOI foibles

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The results of Canada’s latest freedom of information audit are in, and journalists hoping for progress since the 2007 and 2009 audits will be disappointed. As well, there have been some questionable provincial policies of late, notably in B.C. Canada’s…