What is journalism? “Blowing the lid off bullshit”

Although perhaps not the most academic description, “blowing the lid off bullshit” certainly captures the heart of journalism. That definition comes from one of my second year broadcast students. He was part of a cohort that was asked to produce a short piece defining journalism from a student perspective—both as an assignment and to encourage…

Redefining Radio

What is the future of radio? That was the question asked at a HOMAD conference of college educators, students, and radio professionals. The upshot: radio is alive and kicking. What needs to be fine-tuned is its definition. “Radio” isn’t one device, but audio content delivered on multiple platforms, including smart phones. As Bell Media’s Paul…

Words matter

“It’s the day after the night before.” What the hell does that mean? Good question. It’s what I asked after I heard that line—the first sentence in the lead story of a local, northern Ontario newscast. My father’s response, “It’s local news; what do you expect?” Well, I expect more. I’ll admit that my years…

The bear facts: A local story goes viral, and speaks volumes about the state of broadcast news

The first week of June I attended the Canadian Communication Association Conference/Congress 2011 in Fredericton. There was a lot of interesting conversation and presentations on the future and current state of journalism. I myself did a presentation on how my research on participatory journalism had affected my work as a journalism teacher — but what…