Traditional news media outlets might no longer monopolize election campaign coverage, but they are still key players in framing the race and its policy debates. This panel analyzed the media coverage so far, midway through the campaign. How have social media and other digital tools been used to influence voters? Have there been attempts at disinformation? We also evaluated the first of two debates organized by the new federal leaders’ debates commission. This event is part of a series of substantive conversations about how the 2019 campaign is unfolding, hosted by Policy Options, in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

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Speaker

Paul Adams
Paul Adams
Carleton University

Paul Adams is associate professor of journalism at Carleton University. He is a veteran of CBC Television, CBC Radio and the Globe and Mail, and he is a frequent media commentator. He has degrees from the University of Manitoba, Oxford University and Columbia University.

Shree Paradkar
Shree Paradkar
Toronto Star

Shree Paradkar is the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s 2018-19 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, where she examines the urgent topic of anti-oppressive education. She is also the race and gender columnist for the Toronto Star, tackling issues of discrimination and identity. Shree is the author of Betrayed: My cousin’s wrongful conviction for the murder of her daughter, Aarushi.  As an international journalist, she has worked in newsrooms in Toronto, Singapore, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Taylor Owen
Taylor Owen
Max Bell School of Public Policy

Taylor Owen (PhD, University of Oxford) is the Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and associate professor in the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University. He was previously assistant professor of Digital Media and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia and the research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. He sits on the board of directors of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and on the governing council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Moderator

Jennifer Ditchburn
Jennifer Ditchburn
Editor-in-chief of Policy Options

Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s influential digital magazine. An award-winning journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television. She is a three-time winner of a National Newspaper Award and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues. She is the coeditor (with Graham Fox) of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (2016).