Here’s what I’ve been working on recently
Reconciliation and the Media
Following the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action on the Media, I worked with other journalists and community members to plan a conference that was held Oct. 4-5, 2016 in Saskatoon. Students were involved in interviewing conference participants and helping prepare information for a website, www. reconciliationandthemedia.ca. Related to this work, I published a paper on Decolonizing the Media, with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Media Democracy Project
In collaboration with the Media Democracy Project, I worked with a student committee to get Regina’s first Media Democracy Day off the ground. A Decolonizing Media forum and media fair was held at the Royal Saskatchewan museum on Nov. 5, 2015. We heard from Indigenous media producers about their daily challenges and successes. Article.
Global Critical Media Literacy Project
The Global Critical Media Literacy Project, launched by the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME), in September 2015, is the first of its kind, in its use of a service-learning-based media literacy education model to teach digital media literacy and critical thinking skills, as well as to raise awareness about corporate and state-engineered news media censorship around the world. The goal of the GCMLP is to create equitable pathways that lead to increased participation in twenty-first–century political economy. I am serving as the Local Investigative Journalism officer for this international project.
In 2015 I worked with the Canadian Assoc. of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) to help prepare community media producers for the CRTC’s review of its community broadcasting policy. The group prepared surveys and focus groups leading up to a national Community Media Convergence in November. My role was to scan program guides to determine levels of local community-based content in Saskatchewan cable markets.
ComMediaConvergence Panel Handout:
Outside the Box Funding Possibilities
Want to work together?
I like to work with people from the community and university colleagues alike. Here are some of my interests:
- Alternative and community-based media
- Investigative journalism
- Freedom of expression
- Community-engaged scholarship
- Media development
- Media policy
- Education issues