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COVID-19

The Urgent Need to Know: Science and Science Communication in the COVID-19 Era

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On Friday, January 20th from 4:00-5:00pm, hear from an expert panel on The Urgent Need to Know: Science and Science Communication in the COVID-19 Era.  
Pandemic field notes from small market media 
1 month ago

Pandemic field notes from small market media 

Low pay, high demands, racism and isolation go with reporting jobs in smaller and rural markets. The conditions raise questions about how to keep local news alive and attract the journalists needed to report it
Review: Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic
2 months ago

Review: Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic

Spin Doctors: How Media and Politicians Misdiagnosed the COVID-19 Pandemic By Nora Loreto (Fernwood Publishing, 2021) Review by Adrian Ma Toward the end of 2020, the editors of the popular website Dictionary.com hosted a “People’s Choice” survey to identify the…
Preprints, COVID-19 and a ‘paradigm shift’ in science journalism
2 months ago

Preprints, COVID-19 and a ‘paradigm shift’ in science journalism

Research suggests that the pandemic pushed preprint-based journalism into the mainstream
Online violence is ‘death by a thousand cuts,’ especially for women, LGBTQ2+ and racialized journalists, and COVID-19 has increased the toxicity. How can Canadian newsrooms better respond? 
11 months ago

Online violence is ‘death by a thousand cuts,’ especially for women, LGBTQ2+ and racialized journalists, and COVID-19 has increased the toxicity. How can Canadian newsrooms better respond? 

Journalists have to put in countless unpaid hours to manage the disproportionate burden of existing online. While the pandemic has intensified the issue, newsroom and platform responses are still playing catch-up
CBC Ombudsperson: Science and nuance
11 months ago

CBC Ombudsperson: Science and nuance

By  •  Columns
My latest review examines how CBC covered the debate about the primary way COVID-19 is spread: airborne, or via respiratory droplets? One particular story last spring said that Canadian scientist Dr. John Conly was “under fire” by other researchers, and a number of that scientist’s colleagues complained that the public broadcaster was guilty of “character assassination”.
Inside media’s coverage of the trucker blockade
11 months ago

Inside media’s coverage of the trucker blockade

Journalists faced a torrent of abuse, harassment and threats during anti-mandate protesters’ weeks-long occupation of Ottawa. Here’s how media workers navigated reporting in the field
Bridging disciplines in the explanatory journalism boom
12 months ago

Bridging disciplines in the explanatory journalism boom

Experts on everything from epidemiology to their own neighbourhoods are needed in public discourse more than ever. Here’s why media and subject matter specialists should work together
‘People just need proof:’ How health-care media barriers and government obstruction shaped the story of the pandemic  
1 year ago

‘People just need proof:’ How health-care media barriers and government obstruction shaped the story of the pandemic  

Despite ‘hitting a bureaucratic wall,’ journalists explain the importance of challenging hospital media restrictions
Zooming in on access to justice
1 year ago

Zooming in on access to justice

By  •  Law, Analysis, Ethics
Gains made in broadcasting proceedings online during the pandemic mean it’s time to revisit conventions about court restrictions on journalists