Category Archives: 2015 proceedings

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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