I'm a Journalism Professor at Sheridan Institute for Technology with a special interest in participatory journalism. This site was originally the platform for my thesis work, but I continue to use it to explore how participatory journalism is changing news, production practices, and public discourse.
redefiningjournalism has written 34 posts for Redefining journalism's Blog

How Sheridan students ended up shortlisted with the NY Times for a Data Journalism Award: The backstory

Teaching Gen Ys is a challenge. First off, you have to capture their attention when students can access myriad interesting conversations and games on their computers and phones while you natter on at the front of the classroom. And often, it seems like you’re in a room full of people who have high expectations about … Continue reading

It doesn’t have to be about chocolate dinosaurs having sex during climate change….

One of the frustrations of working in journalism is the perception that content has to be dumbed down or no one will be interested. That the “public” is an attention-deficit riddled entity incapable of reading more than 140 characters at a time or tuning into a show that requires cognitive ability. Sure, some of the … Continue reading

How to butcher your students’ writing…nicely

Nice butchering? It seems an impossible task when it comes to a writing critique. However, according to at least one student, I might have mastered it. Every year in the news production class I co-teach, students are required to reflect on their experience producing a daily news show. Here’s an excerpt from one of their … Continue reading

Why I love my blog

The hardest part of putting a story together isn’t figuring out what to put in, but what to leave out. That’s why I love my blog. It’s the perfect home for all the interesting quotes/ideas that I can’t wedge into an article. Something I was reminded of as I was writing my latest piece for … Continue reading

Nurturing the Digital Age: BEAC 2013

If you teach any type of media, it’s a constant struggle to keep up with new tools and trends. That’s why I went to the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada’s (BEAC) annual conference in Banff. You can check out my live blog of the event, but if you’d rather not scroll through a few days … Continue reading

Everyone has biases–it’s how you deal with them that counts

A few months back a book called Overcoming Bias came across my desk. It’s described as a journalist’s guide to culture and context. Admittedly, I was a bit put off by the title; I don’t think overcoming a bias that may have been festering for years can be overcome in the time it takes to … Continue reading

#NMPS2012: Public spheres, public spaces, and “shit storms”

On November 8th and 9th in Denmark, academics from around the world, including me, congregated at the University of Copenhagen for the New Media and the Public Sphere conference. Just arrived at University of Copenhagen for #NMPS2012 – beautiful campus http://pic.twitter.com/2AUhDQgl Nicole Blanchett Wed, Nov 07 2012 23:52:57 ReplyRetweetFavorite Topics ranged from how a teen’s … Continue reading

New Media and the Public Sphere

As I write this, I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to Copenhagen where I will attend the New Media and the Public Sphere conference. A great line up of people are scheduled to speak on how changing social networks are impacting discourse in the public sphere. Of course, my primary interest is … Continue reading

Atwood, ethics, and academic responsibility: Reflections on Congress 2012

Last week I attended the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. From an enchanting talk by Margaret Atwood to debate over journalism practice, thought provoking doesn’t quite cover it. As a means of aggregating highlights from the event, I used Storify to post my RTd tweets. Why? I wanted a mechanism to choose … Continue reading

The disconnect of cancelling CBC’s Connect with Mark Kelley

Despite being the best rated original program on CBC’s New Network, engaging the audience in a way few, if any, other daily news shows can, Connect with Mark Kelley is being cancelled. Government funding cuts–and management decisions on how to spend what money is leftover–have put it on the chopping block. I’ve probably given a … Continue reading

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