Category Archives: Media Interviews

Girls fuel outrage and inspiration

I don’t often shout back at the TV, despite the vast volume of material it broadcasts that I find vile or banal. But last week I couldn’t help myself. The object of my fury wasn’t Fox News or Sun TV, … Continue reading

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Changing lives through media commentary

“You really have to write that!” This enthusiastic exhortation — often exclaimed simultaneously by a chorus of voices — is a common refrain in the commentary writing workshops we lead. Although I’m clear about the benefits provided by the tips … Continue reading

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Gloria Steinem: why the women’s movement is more important than ever

In the following 3-minute clip from a recent BBC interview, Gloria Steinem explains why the women’s movement is more important than ever. (Spoiler alert: Yes, it does relate to the fact that more American women were killed at the hands … Continue reading

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Media exposure creates ripples of influence

There’s no predicting what impact your media intervention might have, but here are a couple of recent examples of the ripples created by published op eds… ****** Two days after Kathleen Wynn was elected leader of the Ontario Liberal party, … Continue reading

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When they get it wrong

It’s one of the most commonly-cited deterrents to doing media interviews: not having control over how the words you speak will be used in the resulting story, whether it’s in a newspaper, on the radio or on TV. But just … Continue reading

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“It’s not about you”

Will Dena McMartin’s recent op ed in the Regina Leader-Post help prevent a flooding disaster and save lives? It just might. And even if it doesn’t, the informed analysis of the University of Regina professor of environmental systems engineering offered … Continue reading

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The Motivational Power of Guilt

Guilt didn’t play a big role in my upbringing: I was never discouraged from having sex in order to prevent my mother from having a heart attack, nor was I warned to do well in school to compensate for any … Continue reading

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Women’s voices — on women’s issues — missing in action

The infographic below is depressingly self-explanatory — on one level. It makes clear how entrenched the gender skew is when it comes to who gets quoted in North American media. And — as MediaWatch discovered 20 years ago when we … Continue reading

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1812 heroine inspires Canadian women to speak up in 2012

Laura Secord descendant says iconic role model “more relevant than ever” For immediate release: They say you can’t pick your relatives. But even if women’s advocate, Shari Graydon had been able to choose, she couldn’t have improved upon the iconic heroine … Continue reading

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Getting to “yes”

  “I’m happy to try to help you.” These are the words I’m now recommending women train themselves to utter when reached by a journalist looking for context to a story. Although the default response for many remains “I’m not … Continue reading

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