Journalism In the Time of Crisis is an international research project initiated by the journalism program at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication to establish and engage with a global network of experts to look at the nexus between journalism and the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to find lessons for journalism practice in the future.

Carleton’s journalism school, the oldest in Canada, was founded in October 1945 in the wake of the Second World War, and we plan to launch events marking the 75th anniversary of the school’s establishment with an international online forum: Journalism in the Time of Crisis to be convened Oct. 23-24 by Carleton. This major international conference, to be held primarily via video links, will forge an international network around the question of journalism and the pandemic, bring together key experts with students and young scholars and produce a digital platform and major publication. We also plan to continue to engage the research community on the Covid-19 crisis going forward by developing an agenda for future research and collaborations. The online forum will also feature an international town hall for journalism students and a discussion of how journalism curriculum could be adapted to include new educational tools to teach journalism students and practicing journalists essential skills for crisis reporting.

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. This project will explore the fascinating intersection of journalism and the COVID-19 crisis to assess both the 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 ongoing contest between journalism and misinformation, the future of local news, threats to global media freedom, the impact in the global South and the implications for journalism education.

If you would like to participate in this event, suggest a topic or guest speaker, or simply find more information, please get in touch at: PandemicJournalism@carleton.ca

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