Journalism for Global Crisis

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
10:30 AM - 11:40 AM
Cowell Hall 106 - Classroom
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Media Studies


Journalism for Global Crisis

A lecture by Professor Robert Hackett 
Simon Fraser University

Wednesday, February 19, 10:30-11:40AM, Cowell 106

What kind of journalism is relevant for a world beset by potentially catastrophic climate change?  While democratic engagement remains a relevant touchstone for journalism in conditions of planetary emergency, we argue that journalism should adopt a crisis-orientation organization around effective frames for climate justice, such as urgency plus agency, climate change as a political issue, environmental citizenship, fossil fuel industry as rogue, and localization. While such frames may find some openings within hegemonic (Western) media, they also face a range of structural and professional constraints. We therefore argue for greater attention to such potentially transformative models and venues as peace journalism and alternative media.


Prof. Hackett has taught in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University since 1984. From 1993 to 2003, he co-directed NewsWatch Canada, a news media monitoring project. He serves on the editorial board of Journalism Studies and has helped to found several community-based media action and education initiatives, including Vancouver's annual Media Democracy Day. 

This event is sponsored by the Department of Media Studies & M.A. in International Studies.  For more information contact Professor Barker-Plummer at

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