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New database of journalism research in Canada

Ivor Shapiro

Ivor Shapiro

A new public database of journalism research being done in Canada  has been announced.

At the moment, the database includes 252 research projects being undertaken almost exclusively by academics in journalism and media studies.

While only two projects deal with medical or science journalism per se, other topics of study are related (e.g., body-checking in minor hockey) or have implications for medical journalism (e.g., the effect of public relations on journalism). Continue reading →

What, exactly, is journalism?

Ivor Shapiro

Ivor Shapiro

This question is not as simple as it may appear, and its answer is needed now more than ever.

So argues Ivor Shapiro, chairman of the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto in a recent article in Journalism Studies (February 2014).

He points to “today’s rapidly democratizing news ecosystem” in which the lines have become increasingly blurred between journalists and the consumers of journalism, and between journalists and their comedic counterparts such as Jon Stewart.  Continue reading →

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