#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…

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…

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…