Shrinking budgets and corporate consolidation have led to newspapers in Canada being owned by fewer companies and employing fewer reporters. How does this affect journalists’ ability to hold the powerful accountable, and what are the implications for Canadian society and the health of our democracy? How do we ensure that journalism thrives?
To mark the release of his new book The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape (available November 24th), Marc Edge will be joined by Ian Gill and Robert Hackett to discuss these issues and many more. (facebook event page here)
Bad News, Bad Newspapers: Just a Coincidence?
Marc Edge & Ian Gill on the state of journalism in Canada
Moderated by Robert Hackett
Tuesday, November 29th, 7PM
The People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Marc Edge is a former reporter with a PhD in communications who has taught at journalism and communications schools around the world and authored numerous articles and four books on the topic, most recently The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape.
Ian Gill is a former editor and reporter for the Vancouver Sun and documentary reporter for CBC-TV; currently is a columnist for The Tyee and president of Discourse Media; and is author of four books, most recently No News is Bad News: Canada’s Media Collapse—And What Comes Next (Greystone, 2016).
Dr. Robert A. Hackett has taught at SFU for over thirty years, is a former co-director of NewsWatch Canada, is on the editorial board of Journalism Studies and six other communications journals, and has written numerous articles and books, including Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication (Routledge, 2006; with W. Carroll) and the forthcoming Journalism and Climate Crisis: Public Engagement, Media Alternatives (Routledge, 2017; with S. Forde, S. Gunster and K. Foxwell-Norton).