Candis Callison

Candis Callison

Principal Investigator

Candis Callison is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. Her research and teaching are focused on changes to media practices and platforms, journalism ethics, the role of social movements in public discourse, and understanding how issues related to science and technology become meaningful for diverse publics. She is the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke U Press, 2014).

Alfred Hermida

Alfred Hermida

Co-Principal Investigator

Alfred Hermida is an online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator.  He is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Journalism, and was a founding member of the award-winning BBCNews.com website. He is the author of Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why it Matters (Doubleday Canada, 2014)

Kathryn Gretsinger

Kathryn Gretsinger

Collaborator

Kathryn Gretsinger is the lead instructor in the School’s Integrated Journalism program. She also contributes to the International Reporting program and the Reporting in Indigenous Communities course. She also runs the School’s Internship program. Kathryn’s career in journalism began in the late 80s when she joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Canada’s public broadcaster…

Kathryn is committed to public service journalism and she has worked to develop her journalistic skills to reflect the technological change in the industry. She works across platforms, but her first love is audio. Her documentaries, programs and interviews have been recognized locally and nationally. She frequently guest hosts radio programs at CBC and continues to work with reporters, producers and editors to train journalists in audio storytelling techniques. Kathryn’s commitment to the industry is reflected in her approach to the internship program. She has helped to place students in professional practicums across the country and around the world.
Taylor Owen

Taylor Owen

Collaborator

Taylor Owen is Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he designed and led a program studying the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism…  

He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian International Council’s international affairs platform OpenCanada.org, the Director of the International Relations and Digital Technology Project, an international research project exploring the intersection of information technology and international affairs, and the Research Director of the Munk Debates. His Doctorate is from the University of Oxford where he was a Trudeau Scholar. He was previously a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia, a Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Governance at the London School of Economics and a Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His research and writing focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs. Taylor Owen’s work can be found at www.taylorowen.com.

Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani

Collaborator

Dr. Minelle Mahtani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Geography and the Program in Journalism, University of Toronto Scarborough. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book, “Global Mixed Race” (NYU Press, 2014) and the author of the forthcoming book, “Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality in Canada” (UBC Press)…

Dr. Mahtani is the Past President of the Association for Canadian Studies, and former Chair of Metropolis-Ontario (CERIS – Centre for Excellence on Immigration and Settlement). She is the 2012 Winner of the Glenda Laws Award from the Association of American Geographers for outstanding contributions to geography and social policy, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award winner. Dr. Mahtani is a former television news journalist with the CBC and has consulted with a variety of organizations on diversity and journalism, including Citizenship Immigration Canada, Ministry of Multiculturalism and Integration, among other groups. She is the former strategic counsel for the not-for-profit IMPACS (Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society).
Tony Penikett

Tony Penikett

Collaborator

Tony Penikett spent 25 years in public life, including: two years at the House of Commons as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. His government negotiated settlements of Yukon First Nation land claims and passed pioneering education, health,…

language, as well as organizing Yukon 2000, a unique bottom-up economic planning process.As a mediator and negotiator, Penikett has worked in aboriginal rights and devolution issues in the NWT, Nunavut, and Yukon, and lectured on aboriginal treaty negotiations at both Simon Fraser and Queens University Public Policy schools and at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. In September 2013, Penikett became Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Arctic Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.
Peter Mothe

Peter Mothe

Research Assistant

Peter Mothe is a multi-media journalist and a graduate student at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism. As a journalist, he’s interested in telling a wide variety of different stories, but eventually hopes to show how climate change is affecting some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Peter’s work has been published in CBC Aboriginal, the Georgia Straight, Vancouver Weekly, EDGE YK in Yellowknife and the literary blog Escritores del Mundo. Born in Brazil but raised in Argentina, he holds a BA in History from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s also a passionate traveler and artist.

Alexander Kim

Alexander Kim

Research Assistant

Alexander Kim is a freelance multimedia journalist and radio producer. He is the host and producer of Theoretically Speaking, a radio show about absurd science, and A Small World, a storytelling radio show about community, from CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary, Alberta. He has written for The Gauntlet, The Triple Helix Online and UToday. His reporting focuses on ideas, social justice, politics and culture.


Lauren Kaljur

Lauren Kaljur

Research Assistant

Lauren Kaljur is a graduate student of UBC’s School of Journalism. A relentless globetrotter, she has been exploring and documenting the world since she could hold a pen. Her background in international political studies led her to host a world news and views show called The End of The World News on UBC’s CiTR 101.9FM. Though she primarily reports on politics and the environment, her interests run far and deep. Her gauge for success? That it makes us care. That it makes us think.

Maura Forrest

Maura Forrest

Project Alumnus

Ricardo Khayatte

Ricardo Khayatte

Project Alumnus