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Bad News, Bad Newspapers? Marc Edge, Ian Gill, and Robert Hackett talk media on Nov. 29th


news-launch-headerShrink­ing 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).