Media@McGill is excited to inaugurate a new ongoing series of talks and panels – Media@McGill on Top of the News. This series will be more nimbly organized around media-related issues in the news – controversial issues that raise pivotal questions on the ethics of media.
The first of this series is a round-table discussion tentatively entitled: “After Ghomeshi: Lessons in Media Uses and Abuses”, to be held on Wednesday, April 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Leacock 232, McGill University. This round-table discussion will bring together professors from McGill University and journalists who have covered the different stories emerging from this saga. More specifically, each panelist will focus on “media moments”: the hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, the use of media/public relations tactics on all sides, Ghomeshi’s own status as a public figure and his initial use of social media to exonerate himself, among others. Panelists include Sue Montgomery, formerly journalist at the Montreal Gazette and co-initiator of the #BeenRapedNeverReported hashtag; Francine Pelletier, journalist at Le Devoir and founder of a feminist newspaper, La Vie en Rose; Professor Carrie Rentschler, the William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies; Professor Jenny Burman, Chair of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies; and Professor Alanna Thain, Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF).
With the judge’s verdict on the Ghomeshi case expected on March 24, this Media@McGill event promises to provide timely and informed debate on an ongoing, thorny problem, from professionals and academics working on the frontlines of the issues.