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 firstname.lastname@example.org.