Category Archives: Media Literacy For Adults

TL;DR – advice to ignore, but implications to heed

Hanging out with teenagers can be an enlightening experience. Last week, I participated in a panel discussion convened by MediaSmarts, “Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy” and a repository of fabulous resources for teachers, parents and kids. The teenagers … Continue reading

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Deferring to Jay Smooth on trolls

Don’t take my word for it… On the retrograde troll front, I defer to hip hop DJ and vlogger, Jay Smooth, who recently weighed in on the classic, cautionary Internet story involving media critic, Anita Sarkeesian. He offers a compelling and persuasive analysis … Continue reading

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What academic disciplines are most in-demand by journalists?

What kinds of experts do journalists turn to most often? Last week in an effort to answer that question, Informed Opinions emailed several hundred editors, producers, hosts, columnists and reporters. Looking to make our experts database more useful – and … Continue reading

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet…

Should she or shouldn’t she? I was chatting on the phone a few weeks ago with a woman who is listed in our Experts Database. She had written an excellent piece of commentary about First Nations and non-aboriginal Canadians that … Continue reading

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Implanted breasts and concerned scholars

Yesterday, sharing my Top 7 Reasons Smart Women Should Speak Up with a group of scholars at Carleton University in Ottawa, the conversation turned – as it often does – to the potential aftermath of gaining media profile. Many women … Continue reading

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PR practitioners vastly outnumber journalists

I spent three years in the mid 1980s flogging pseudo news stories to journalists on behalf of large corporations. (All I can say now is I’m sorry, and I’ve been putting my talents to better use ever since.) Employed by … Continue reading

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How to promote your book

When Beth Marshall and Ozlem Sensoy attended the Informed Opinions workshop hosted by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver back in March, they had a specific goal in mind: their publisher expected them to be able to help raise the profile … Continue reading

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Unpacking the gaps in Vote Compass

When Lloyd Robertson used to intone at the end of every CTV nightly newscast, “And that’s the kind of day it’s been, here at CTV news,” I always wished he would add, “because, based on the dozens of stories we … Continue reading

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Politics and the apparent irrelevance of truth

Watching one of the current crop of Conservative TV commercials last night, I was reminded of an observation once made by political scientist and former campaign manager to Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan. Writing in Academic Matters a few years ago, … Continue reading

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We all lose absent informed analysis of The BIggest Loser

Last week, in Thunder Bay to deliver three media literacy presentations, I was asked by a youth worker about my take on the impact of programs like The Biggest Loser – the NBC reality show that profiles seriously overweight Americans … Continue reading

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