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ARTICLE: Twitter is no substitute to local news outlets

Focus of political conversation on Twitter is on the national rather than the local level, write Jaigris Hodson, of Royal Roads University, Canada and April Lindgren, of Ryerson University, Canada. They analysed over 19 000 Twitter messages related to the 2015 federal election in Canada. Hodson and Lindgren focused on eight Canadian communities, all outside … Continued



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ARTICLE: Political journalists keep their Twitter profiles professional

Journalists covering parliamentary affairs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have more professional than personal Twitter profiles, Folker Hanusch, of University of Vienna, writes. Hanusch analysed the identifiable profiles of all press-gallery reporters in the four countries, 679 in total. Broadly speaking, information pertinent to a corporate identity was more common than … Continued


Activism and communication scholarship in Canada

A new special issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication is now published. The magazine addresses issues related to activism and communication scholarship in Canada. It also includes some interviews, commentaries and reviews. The journal is available here. Picture: Canada by Alex Indigo, licence: CC BY 2.0


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ARTICLE: The death of Robert Dziekanski changed the way Tasers are written about

The Canadian newspapers’ discourse on the use of Tasers changed after Robert Dziekanski died after the device was deployed against him, write Nicole Neverson, of Ryerson University, and Charles T. Adeyanju, of University of Prince Edward Island. The authors analysed 150 news articles (of a total of 304 discovered articles), published on the topic between … Continued


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ARTICLE: French speaking journalists are different – but not by much

Francophone journalists in Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland perceive their role slightly differently from their majority-language peers, a comparative survey found. The findings are detailed in an article authored by Geneviève Bonin (University of Ottawa), Filip Dingerkus and Vinzenz Wyss (Zurich University of Applied Sciences at Winterthur), Annik Dubied and Vittoria Sacco (University of Neuchâtel), Stefan … Continued


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CFP: The future of Canada’s native people’s broadcasting

A series of symposia on the topic of broadcasting and Canada’s native peoples is looking for contributions. Six regional gatherings and a three-day conference will be organised under the title “The future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis broadcasting: Conversation & convergence”. The series of events is intended to vitalize discussion in advance of an … Continued