Category Media analysis

STAND UP FOR SCIENCE: Media Analysis

Media has been a very significant tool throughout its history in creating knowledge, affecting consensus and shaping general public view, as well as an instrument of common-sense discourse. The use of media by the government and politicians has been a common thing in creating moral panics and propaganda for their political interests. As Boykoff (2007a) […]

Media Representations of the Concordia University Anti-Netanyahu protests

This blog post will analyse the dominant representations of the Concordia University Anti-Netanyahu protest/riot within mainstream news media. This analysis will identify and critique the kind of information being included/excluded, the manner by which the protesters were framed and suppressed, and the consequences of the particular representations. The examined articles do a poor job at […]

Mass Media’s Hidden Agenda in the Coverage of Summit of the Americas

It is worth acknowledging that ordinary citizens get the vast majority of their conventional news from mass media. Whether it’s true or not, the citizen’s dependence on mass media does not decline and leads them to believe the stories that are reported as substantially viable. Four of the six news articles, from across Canada, used […]

Ready For Riots: Police Anti-Brutalization Protesters Have The Media On Their Side

The media has not only taken on the role of constructing police brutalization as imminent, particularly for minorities, but they also characterize the police as predatory. The death of Cleveland native Tamir Rice has been billed an attack against an innocent Black youth playing with a toy gun (Lopez, 2014), and the death of Eric […]

40 Years Later and the media still has not aged a bit

The October Crisis of 1970 marked one of the most intense political situations in Canadian history: it was this moment that for the first time in Canadian history that The War Measures Act was used during peace time. Every moment of this situation was televised and reported across the nation and the globe for millions […]

Chief Theresa Spence: A Hero or A Sham?

The mass media plays a largely manipulative role in the depiction of news stories. The coverage of these alleged popular stories is often uneven and biased (Boykoff, 2007). Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike was one of many First Nations issues addressed by the news and subsequently questioned by the public and politicians. The dissent of […]

Yonge Street Riot 1992 – Media Analysis

The Yonge Street Riot that took place in 1992 has been damagingly portrayed in the media in various ways. What had originated as a peaceful gathering in front of the US Consulate located in Toronto progressed into a chaotic series of events spiraling out of police control. The purpose of this analysis will be to […]

Ideal Journalism: Newspaper Coverage of the Oshawa Strike

The 1937 Oshawa strike represents an event in Canadian history where the media tangibly used the ideals of journalism for the betterment of Canadian citizens. Specifically; newspaper coverage portrayed the events of the Oshawa strike in a way which exemplified good reporting. The pillars of journalism namely; balance, fairness and accuracy, are observable in the […]

Media coverage disapproval of the 2012 Montreal Protests

News, television, radio and other media often influence the way in which events are perceived by society. Through the implementation of certain frames “simplified snapshots are converted into events and events are converted into news stories” (Boykoff, 2007, pp.217). This is problematic because the snapshots show only one moment and don’t wholly encompass all of […]

Ipperwash: the Violent, Indigenous Rebel Terrorists

As previously discussed, the Ipperwash crisis was a fatal Indigenous land claims protest against the Canadian government in September of 1995 (Morden, 2013). Throughout the duration of the protests at Ipperwash Provincial Park, various media outlets covered the events and the proceedings between the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and indigenous dissenters. Focusing on five newspaper […]