Today CBC is raising money for food banks in B.C., for the 25th year in a row. Every year, I’m reminded of a day in November 2004, when I was asked to go report on a family, with children, who were struggling.
My radio reports from the International Marine Conservation Congress on sharks, ocean acidification and eco-branding. A scientist recounts her under-cover foray into a black-market fin shop. And, why — cute as they are — otters aren’t for everyone.
What if mainstream media organizations gave up on covering anything that came written well in a press release? As in, if there’s enough in the release that “churnalism” could be practiced, it just isn’t.
My thesis was on risk communication, using mad cow disease as a case study. I looked at the language media used to used to discuss the safety of Canadian beef after Canada’s first mad cow was found in May 2003. I remember that day vividly.
Q: When is the lead author of a paper published in Science not allowed to comment on the subject?
A: When she works for Canada’s federal government. In this case, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
When I’m travelling, I really enjoy how everything that makes it in the backpack really deserves to be there. (It fits, looks good, works, whatever.) I’m not going to reduce my belongings to a backpack, but I’d rather feel that way looking around my home.