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LEGAL
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper of the University of British Columbia. It is pub-
ished every Tuesday by The
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Editorials are chosen and written by the Ubyssey staff. They are
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Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn
Young are "turning journalism on
its head" with The Conversation
"Anyone can take this material and publish it on their website, and that's part of the power here."
COURTESY REILLYUEVERS/RACHELNIX0K
Joshua Azizi
Staff Writer
At a time when digital media is
constantly expanding and the
need for critical journalism is
as high as it's ever been, UBC
Associate Professors Dr. Alfred
Hermida and Dr. Mary Lynn
Young are seeking to provide
media consumers with informed
explanatory journalism to make
sense of the world around them.
The two professors at the UBC
School of Journalism recently
launched the Canadian branch
of The Conversation, a nonprofit journalism site originally
founded in Australia that bridges
the gap between academia
and journalism. Although the
site is organized and edited
by professional journalists, its
articles are written by scholars
who are already experts on the
topics they're writing about
According to Hermida, who is
the current director of the UBC
School of Journalism, this model
is a good way to get important
critical research out of academic
journals and into the public's
consciousness.
"There's a depth of research at
Canadian universities, but often
the challenge is 'how does that
research then get presented in
a way that is accessible to the
public?'," he said. "And that's
what journalists are very good
at."
Although academics are
frequently quoted and referenced
in the media, Young explained
that they're often hesitant to
talk to them out of a concern
that their work could be
misrepresented through the
filtering and gatekeeping of
journalists and editors.
"The media studies literature
is clear that often people can
have problematic experiences
with being misquoted or feeling-
like their ideas weren't fully
represented," she said.
By allowing the academics to
write the articles themselves, The
Conversation sidesteps this issue.
"They're supporting academics
who might not normally be
able to make it through the
gatekeeping process or may not
want to," said Young.
In order to proliferate the
academic information as much
as possible, The Conversation
permits other media sources to
republish their articles, as long-
as they leave the story untouched
and note at the top of the page
where it came from.
"Anyone can take this material
and publish it on their website,
and that's part of the power
here," said Hermida. "We're
turning journalism on its head
because, traditionally, when you
setup a journalism organization,
you're trying to attract readers
and viewers to your product and
you're trying to keep them there.
"Our model is almost the
reverse ... it's more about taking
this independent informed
journalism to the audiences who
have an appetite for it rather than
saying to the audiences 'you have
to come to us.'"
For example, an article
that Hermida wrote for The
Conversation in November about
Trump supporters and the media
was republished in Salon. Other
sources that have republished
articles from the platform include
Business Insider, the Washington
Post, the National Post and
Maclean's.
Both Young and Hermida
worked as professional
journalists before becoming-
associate professors at UBC.
Young worked for various
newspapers such as the
Vancouver Sun, the Houston Post
and the Globe and Mail, but she
later decided to pursue a Ph.D in
criminology from the University
of Toronto in order to get a
better understanding of her craft,
particularly the connections
between power relations and
newsrooms.
"It helped me make sense of
what journalism could be doing
and should be doing and some of
the gaps that I had observed," she
said.
After completing her Ph.D,
Young went on to become the
director of UBC's School of
Journalism from 2008 to 2011. In
co-founding The Conversation's
Canadian site, she's continuing
her work connecting higher
education and academia.
"I'm not making any money
from this, I'm not getting a job
from this — it's just purely a
way to try to support a model
that seems to have relevance
and importance at this time and
stage in journalism and in higher
education."
Before becoming the current
director of the School of
Journalism, Hermida had already
established himself as a pioneer
in the world of digital journalism.
He worked for BBC for 16 years,
where he served as a foreign
correspondent in North Africa
and the Middle East and worked
as a founding news editor of their
first news website.
Through The Conversation, he
is working with yet another shift
in the ever-changing world of
digital journalism.
"I've been in digital journalism
now for 20 years, working in this
field, and it's fascinating- to see
it's growth and evolution and
how it's developed," he said. "It's
also what I research to make
sense of what's happened to
journalism and how people are
getting their news today." B *a
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For over 100 years UBC has shaped Canadian politics — and as Canada reaches
150 years since its confederation, the university is not slowing down.
Moira Wyton
Features Editor
Founded in 1908 and becoming-
independent in 1915, UBC has had
a significant impact on Canadian
politics as both a cradle of research
and the alma mater of prime ministers,
governor generals, premiers and
mayors.
It was here where Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau earned his education
degree and where the first female
Prime Minister, Kim Campbell,
graduated. When former premiers,
who are sometimes also alumni, like
Mike Harcourt find new projects, it's
UBC that they seek out to help them
get it off the ground.
But unlike many Canadian
universities who have traditionally
found niches of impact through
informal partisan alignments, UBC
is focusing instead on educating the
people and parties who practice
politics from across the political
spectrum.
"Our view is that we are 'cross-
partisan,' which is a little bit different
from saying we're bipartisan or we're
non-partisan, right?," said Dr. Maxwell
Cameron, a UBC professor of political
science and director of the Centre for
the Study of Democratic Institutions
(CSDI). "We want to create a space in
which any one from any place on the
political spectrum can feel comfortable
— provided, of course, that they are
prepared to work with people from
across the political spectrum."
How then has UBC exerted such
influence 4,364 kilometres away from
the nation's capital and does it matter
at all?
A LESSON IN HISTORY
According to Dr. Barbara Arneil,
head of the department of political
science, the areas of research
expertise present at UBC are part
of the reason it continues to be a
cradle of knowledge that decisionmakers turn to. Here, topics of
research range from Asian politics
to democratic theory to the study of
multiculturalism.
One particular area of study
stands out to Arneil — historical
Canadian political theory.
Spearheaded by UBC Professor
of political science, Dr. Samuel
LaSelva, the field focuses on
issues of historical importance to
the country, like colonialism and
indigeneity.
"They're almost at the nexus
between Canadian politics and
political thought," said Arneil. "It's
kind of the history of Canadian
ideas."
Within the context of Canada
ISO celebrations — which have
spurred criticism and protest
from many Indigenous, Metis
and Inuit communities who
felt the celebration pushed the
genocide and mistreatment of their
peoples under the rug — Arneil
acknowledged that the presence of
UBC on the traditional, ancestral
and unceded Musqueam and Coast
Salish land is also a significant
guiding factor to its research
interests.
"We focus on the question
of settler colonization as it's
manifested itself in the relationship
between the settler state of Canada,
and even the colonial state of
Britain which preceded that and
the Indigenous peoples," said
Arneil.
"As historical political theorists,
we're trying to see how the
history of [colonialism] developed,
what were the ideas and the
ideologies that sought to justify
the relationship, so how do we
critique it now looking back at
how it developed and how that
leads to [present day] forms of
decolonization."
She further noted that the
department is now graduating
more and more Indigenous political
science Ph.D students, who then go
on to influence and transform the
research communities they work in.
POLICY, POLICY, POLICY
Theory isn't the only element that
UBC is using to help guide Canada
through its most challenging
questions.
"There's a phrase that some
people use in other universities
when they talk about their work,
which is 'publicly-engaged research.'
The idea is to do work by starting
with people in the community
and asking them what are the
problems that they think need to be
addressed," said Cameron. "And then
beginning to think about ways in
which as academics we can respond
to those social needs."
With the launch of the UBC
School of Public Policy and Global
Affairs (SPPGA) in May 2017, UBC
is now creating a centre to build
on its "long history of involvement
in public policy," according to
Cameron.
"One of the reasons we're excited
about this is UBC has always had a
big impact on our community," he
said, citing the Great Trek in 1922
that founded the university on Point
Grey and the growth of the faculty
of forestry in order to incorporate
Hungarian students and academics
fleeing conflict in 1957 as examples.
"Our hope with the SPPGA is
that we'll be able to bring those
contributions together because all of
those things are connected."
Part of the success of bringing the
academic and the political together
at the SPPGA will be the expertise of
political practitioners contributing
to its work, including that of former
Mayor of Vancouver and Premier of
BC Mike Harcourt. Since 2009, Harcourt has been
the associate director of the UBC
Continuing Studies Centre for
Sustainability, where he uses his
position to advocate for responsible
city development and energy
sustainability.
With an estimated population
of almost 10 billion on Earth by
2050 — seven billion of whom will
live in cities, particularly in the
Global South — Harcourt is adamant
that UBC needs to examine issues
of sustainability as they relate to
the politics practiced at home and
abroad.
"Welcome to the urban age, the
urban century," he said. "One of the
things that really struck me when
I was starting to study this really
intensely in the 1990's was ... just how
massive the urban populations are
around the world."
When a massive raised highway
was proposed to be built along the
Waterfront and through Stanley Park
in 1967 — Canada's centennial year —
Harcourt used his law degree to act as
an unofficial counsel to the group of
activists organizing against it due to
concerns for the loss of natural areas
and the displacement of Downtown
Eastside communities. Eventually,
the organizers were successful in
convincing the city not to proceed
with construction.
Later, as mayor of Vancouver
during the 1986 World Expo —
which brought challenges to the
city including financial strains
and dislocation of residents on the
Eastside — he further saw how small
decisions can have a lasting impact on
the characteristics of a city.
"Cities are about choices —
they're not pre-ordained — and you
better make the right choices," said
Harcourt. He later advised current
Mayor Gregor Robertson and former
Prime Minister Paul Martin on
sustainability and transit. "I realize
how important cities were in being-
sustainable, it's essential."
Now, at UBC, he is focusing on
translating his experiences into
research and policy that would help
municipal, provincial and national
governments create and maintain
sustainable cities.
"UBC has become certainly
renowned as a world-leading-
institution around sustainability
issues, both by example with the
sustainability initiatives and by
bringing sustainability principles into
every faculty and into many courses
as well," said Harcourt.
"The flip side of leading by
example at UBC campuses is to be
involved in community engagement
of working with people in the city of
Vancouver and elsewhere to become
equal world leaders in building-
communities with sustainable
practices."
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
When research and policy proposals
go as far as they can, UBC is also
trying to change theframework
entirely. Under Cameron's leadership,
the CSDI — which will be housed
under the SPPGA — is looking to
improve Canada's institutions by
educating the elected officials who
act within them.
"It's hard to change institutions,
and in some ways we've got fairly
good institutions [in Canada]
anyway," said Cameron. "So perhaps
a better way to make an impact is to
change the practitioners."
The CSDI's Summer Institute
for Future Legislators (SIFL) hosts
students and professionals alike to
learn how to be better politicians
and public servants for the past five
years. With the support of Preston
Manning of the Calgary-based think
tank the Manning Centre, the SIFL is
hoping to increase cooperation and
compromise in politics by teaching-
participants about the "workspace of
politics."
"We aspire to encourage people to
reflect about the kind of practitioner
that they want to be, to experiment
and to look at different ways of doing-
politics, and then make some choices
about how — if they go into politics —
they want to behave," said Cameron.
"The hope is over time that
might help to improve the tone of
politics ... [and create] more of a
willingness to work across party
lines, more capacity for listening and
empathy and more ability to work
collaboratively.
Part of that change is also
diversifying- the variety of people
who are elected. Cameron noted
that while the CSDI doesn't collect
enrolment data on the gender, race
or age of participants, he certainly
sees a much more diverse group
of participants than compose the
Canadian parliament.
Currently, only 26 per cent of
Members of Parliament (MPs) are
women, while only 14 per cent are
visible minorities with three per cent
of MPs identifying as Indigenous.
"It's wonderful you know when
we start these up each year to look up
and to see reflected the many faces
of Canada from the perspective of
gender or race or ethnicity or levels of
income or geography," said Cameron.
While still in its early years, the
SIFL is already looking for national
reach. After one of its alumni,
Heather Sweet, was elected as a
member of the Legislative Assembly
of Alberta in 2015, Cameron is hoping
to offer similar programming in
Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
"UBC is really a place that wants
to be a pioneer of thinking of how we
can improve the practice of politics
by creating opportunities for people
to learn experientially and to learn by
doing," he said.
THE NEXT 150
Given UBC's illustrious past, many
believe that the university will
continue to have a major influence
on Canadian politics and society for
the next 150 years.
"You see when you actually add
up all the things that UBC has been
involved in since the Great Trek of
1922 to today, it's deeply involved
with BC and the rest of the world,"
said Harcourt. "I think people at
UBC sometimes underestimate the
tremendously positive influence
that UBC has had."
Cameron agrees.
Whether it's the involvement
of some faculty of the School of
Community and Regional Planning
in the anti-highways protests, the
work of members of the faculties
of science and medicine in the
healthcare crises on Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside or simply the
work of educating local students
to be better community leaders,
UBC has been there since the very
beginning.
As the SPPGA develops, the
challenge will be to continue
pushing these efforts beyond the
classroom and the research lab, as
well as bringing in the Liu Institute
of Global Issues and the CSDI
under its roof.
"We're trying to break down the
wall between the ivory tower and
the broader political community
role for thinking about politics as
a practice — not just as theory, not
just as political science, not just
as reading textbooks and writing-
papers," said Cameron.
"We'd like to create a place at
UBC where we make it our mission
to think about how we can have
an impact on our community both
locally and globally." 1
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