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Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities

February 27, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Join us for a book launch and reception featuring Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities (Oxford University Press, 2020), a new book by Candis Callison and Mary Lynn Young.

How do journalists know what they know? Who gets to decide what good journalism is and when it’s done right? What sort of expertise do journalists have, and what role should and do they play in society? Until a couple of decades ago, journalists rarely asked these questions. Now, the stakes are rising for journalists as they face real-time critique and audience pushback for their ethics, news reporting, and relevance.

Drawing on five years of research with journalists in the U.S. and Canada, Reckoning explores journalism’s long-standing representational harms, arguing that the profession hasn’t adequately addressed matters of gender, race, intersectionality, and settler colonialism. Callison and Young rethink the basis for what journalism says it could and should do, and offer insights from journalists’ own experiences and efforts at repair, reform, and transformation to consider how journalism can address its limits and possibilities along with widening media publics.



Minelle Mahtani, Associate Professor, Institute for Social Justice, Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty

Daniel Justice, Professor, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture

Candis Callison is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism, Writing and Media Studies and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Mary Lynn Young is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism, Writing and Media Studies.


This event is free but registration is required. 

Photo and book cover art by Fazal Sheikh.

This event is co-sponsored by the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media Studies and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies


February 27, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Peter Wall Institute Seminar Room
6331 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC Canada
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