In an era of immense media change where audiences, platforms, and journalistic practices are in flux, engaging diverse publics with complex scientific issues presents an array of challenges. Much of the discussion around and about climate change assumes that more facts and reporting are required for heightening public engagement, ignoring the myriad of ways in which socialization, meaning-making, and ethical frameworks co-produce how facts come to matter for individuals and groups. Drawing on research that has looked at significant social movements as well as scientists’ and journalists’ efforts to communicate and report on climate change, this talk will offer insight into how the issue comes to be invested with particular meanings, ethics, and rationales to act.
Speaker: Candis Callison
Candis Callison is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. She holds a Master of Science in Comparative Media Studies and a PhD in Science, Technology, and Society from MIT. Prior to becoming an academic, Candis’ work as a journalist and producer appeared on varied media platforms in Canada (CBC, CTV, APTN) and the United States (Lycos, Tech TV).
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