Author Archives: Fred Vallance-Jones

Journalism Ethics 101 in China

Anne McNeilly,  Ryerson University  Abstract Teaching a news “ethics” course in the fledgling journalism program at Jinan University in Guangzhou, a city of 12 million on the southeast coast of China, proved to be a challenge given the restraints on … Continue reading

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Women and Selfie Culture: the Selfie as a Feminist Communication Tool

Lianna Pisani, Master of Arts in Communication and Culture, Ryerson and York Universities
This presentation examines how women use the selfie through technologies of smart phones and social media as a communication tool to challenge oppressive political statements and ideologies. Drawing from selfie research leaders such as Theresa Senft and Nancy Baym (2015), this paper explores political feminist selfies using a new definition of the selfie, as both a sociocultural practice and an object with ties to material frameworks. Through a case study analysis of feminist selfie campaigns, ranging from selfies in direct response to national politics to selfies that challenge the representations and presentations of the female body in popular news culture, this paper approaches social media culture as the necessary platform for feminist selfie campaigns. Continue reading

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The geoweb and innovation in journalism

Asmaa Malik, Ryerson University
Internet-based geoweb tools, as well as software that combines mapping technology with social media information, have become integral to the digital news-gathering and reporting process. In light of this increasingly vital relationship, evaluating examples from leading news organizations and exploring both the 3E framework for participatory geographic information used to evaluate collaborative mapping projects and John Pavlik’s four principles of journalism innovation, I examine how participatory geoweb technologies fuel innovation in news media, permanently changing the ways in which we create, distribute and collaborate on journalistic projects and stories. Continue reading

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Can framing research be translated into innovation in journalism practice?

Gavin Adamson, Ryerson University
This paper describes theories and approaches to framing research and relates them to its field of inquiry, the practice of journalism. It describes some identified challenges in communications and media effects research about framing that undermine its validity. The paper discusses some potential approaches and methods to address those gaps with reference to a review of two years of framing literature from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2014. The focus of the discussion is whether this research program can be made of practical value to the field of journalism, and to suggest methods by which the research might inspire innovation in that field. Continue reading

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The Call for Action: A Frame Analysis of the Canadian Print News Construction of Cyberbullying as a Social Problem

Mylynn Felt, Ph.D. student: University of Calgary
Media coverage of high profile teen suicides linked to computer-mediated peer harassment in the early 2010’s has generated sufficient public discourse to establish cyberbullying as a Canadian social problem. This discourse led to provincial legislative changes and culminated with the 2014 federal Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. In order to analyze the mediated public discourse that led to these changes, I applied framing theory to a content analysis of print news coverage of the deaths of Jamie Hubley, Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, and Todd Loik. Analysis reveals a dominant frame of cyberbullying as a social problem. This frame emphasizes female over male victims. Results also show that the teens were reified as victims to forward a cause. Policy changes reflect this social problem construction despite the reality that these deaths represent the most extreme cases and are inconsistent with what the literature describes as more common forms of cyberbullying. Continue reading

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Actes du Groupe d’intérêt en journalisme/Journalism Interest group proceedings

Pour la troisième année consécutive, le Groupe d’intérêt en journalisme présente une sélection de communications du colloque annuel de l’Association canadienne de communication./For the third year running, the Journalism Interest Group presents a collection of selected papers from the annual conference of the Canadian Communication Association. Continue reading

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Dampening crime and violence coverage: A study on mental health news distributed via Twitter

Gavin Adamson, Ryerson University About the author Gavin Adamson (gavin.adamson@ryerson.ca) is an assistant professor at the Ryerson School of Journalism. He’s interested in research about mental health news and how new reporting and distribution platforms are transforming the news media. … Continue reading

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Accessibility and Validity of Truth: Is WikiLeaks a vehicle for transparency and fact, subverting traditional social structures by presenting alternative and suppressed information?

 Kathy Dobson,  Wilfrid Laurier University About the author Kathy Dobson is a journalist whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, and numerous national magazines, including Maclean’s, Chatelaine, and Canadian Living. In addition … Continue reading

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Consumer and News Directors’ Perception of Advertising Content within the Context of Local Television News.

Gennadiy Chernov, School of Journalism, University of Regina David Koranda, University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication About the authors Gennadiy Chernov is an Associate Professor at School of Journalism, University of Regina. His research interests lie in communication … Continue reading

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Toward Press Council 2.0: An international review of models of, and alternatives to, the traditional press council

By Ivor Shapiro and Lisa Taylor, Ryerson University Abstract This paper presents an overview of preliminary results from a comparative study of existing press council models in Canadian provinces and similar democracies abroad. Gathering information by a combination of survey … Continue reading

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Women in the Field: What Do You Know?

Ann Rauhala April Lindgren With Sahar Fatima Ryerson University Abstract Although more women than ever work in Canadian media, their participation in journalism seems misunderstood or underexplored. That was the message emerging from Women in the Field, a symposium hosted … Continue reading

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Debate Cited: A First Exploration of a Web Application to Enhance the Production of Science Journalism Students

Alamir Novin MA Student Department of Journalism Concordia University email: alamirnovin@gmail.com Dr. David Secko Associate Professor Department of Journalism Concordia University email: david.secko@concordia.ca Authors’ Biographies Alamir Novin is an MA Student in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University. He … Continue reading

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Want to understand local news? Make a map

By April Lindgren and Christina Wong About the authors April Lindgren (april.lindgren@ryerson.ca) is an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3, Canada, and director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre. She is … Continue reading

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Is one source enough? Verification in Canadian Newspapers

Isabelle Bédard-Brûlé, Laval University Colette Brin, Laval University Ivor Shapiro, Ryerson University Kasia Mychajlowycz, Ryerson University About the authors Isabelle Bédard-Brûlé est doctorante, auxiliaire de recherche et d’enseignement, au Département d’information et de communication de l’Université Laval, Québec, Canada, G1V … Continue reading

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2011 Conference Proceedings. JIG – CCA — Actes de colloque 2011. GIJ – ACC

We are proud to present the second edition of the conference proceedings from the Journalism Interest Group of the Canadian Communication Association. These papers were presented at the annual conference of the CCA, held in Fredericton at the University of … Continue reading

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Journalists’ values and customers’ needs: Who defines quality?

By Miles Maguire (University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh) And Ivor Shapiro (Ryerson University) About the authors Miles Maguire (maguirem@uwosh.edu) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA. … Continue reading

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Conceptualiser les divergences entre les diplomates américains et européens dans la réforme du secteur médiatique de la Bosnie-Herzégovine et du Kosovo : proposition de deux idéal-types.

Par Simon Thibault À propos de l’auteur Simon Thibault est doctorant à l’Université Laval et Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. 1055, avenue du Séminaire, Québec, Québec, G1V 0A6. Centre Bièvre – 3e étage, porte B 1 rue Censier, 75005, Paris. … Continue reading

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Discours et pratiques de vérification chez les journalistes primés

Par Isabelle Bédard-Brûlé, Kasia Mychajlowycz, Colette Brin et Ivor Shapiro À propos des auteurs Isabelle Bédard-Brûlé est auxiliaire de recherche et doctorante au Département d’information et de communication de l’Université Laval, Québec, Canada, G1V 0A6, isabelle.bedard-brule.1@ulaval.ca Kasia Mychajlowycz est assitante … Continue reading

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Inaugural Conference Proceedings of the Journalism Interest Group — Premiers Actes de colloque du Groupe sur le journalisme

We are delighted to introduce online the inaugural edition of published conference proceedings from the Journalism Interest Group, newly established within the Canadian Communication Association. These papers were presented at the June 2010 annual conference of the CCA, held in … Continue reading

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Covering the Fredy Villanueva Killing: A Comparative Study of La Presse and The Gazette

By Gabriela Capurro About the author Gabriela Capurro is an M.A. student in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West, CJ- 3.245, Montréal, Québec, H4B 1R6 gabrielacapurro@gmail.com Abstract: This paper explores the coverage by one anglophone … Continue reading

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