Journalism in the Time of Crisis: At the Intersection of Journalism and the Pandemic

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 8:45 AM to Friday, October 23, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Public Event: Virtual Event
Oct 22
Journalism in the Time of Crisis
Journalism in the Time of Crisis

Journalism in the Time of Crisis is an international symposium to be hosted online on Oct. 2223 by the journalism program at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. We will engage with a global network of experts to examine the nexus between journalism and the COVID-19 pandemic to find lessons for journalism practice and study in the future.

Seizing upon the greatest international crisis in a generation, the main goal of the event is to identify the role played by journalism, how the crisis itself has shaped journalism and how best to absorb the lessons learned.

Carleton’s journalism school, the oldest in Canada, was founded in October 1945 in the wake of World War II. We are launching events to mark the 75th anniversary with this virtual gathering of experts and practitioners to share insights about journalism’s role in another global crisis. The symposium will be convened on the Socio platform to maximize the ability of registrants to engage with the experts during more than 20 panels and keynote presentations over two days. The online forum will also feature an international town hall for journalism students and discussion of how journalism education can foster essential skills for crisis reporting among students and practicing journalists.

Journalism as an industry and a profession was already experiencing a crisis when the COVID-19 pandemic plunged the world into a state of deep uncertainty. And yet, people around the world have turned to journalists to help them make sense of the most significant social and economic crisis of our generation. The symposium will explore the fascinating intersection of journalism and the COVID-19 crisis to assess both short- and long-term impacts. We will examine such issues as the role journalists have played during the pandemic, the impact of the crisis on journalism practice and business models, the future of local news, the ongoing contest between journalism and misinformation, threats to global media freedom, the impact in the Global South and the implications for journalism education.

Click here to view the list of speakers, learn more about the agenda and register for the event.

This project is supported by CanadaSocial Science and Humanities Research Council. Carleton’s journalism program is partnering in this event with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the American Press Institute, the Center for International Media Assistance and the Canadian Association of Journalists.

Event Speakers

Allan Thompson is a CIGI senior fellow and head of the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa. He joined the faculty of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2003 after 17 years as a reporter with the Toronto Star. At Carleton, Allan is the head of an international research project examining the nexus between journalism and the COVID-19 pandemic.