A PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Alberta and professional researcher with experience leading applied and academic research projects across sectors.
Recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral
Getting Straight to the Source: News Media Evaluations of Premiers in Canada and Australia
Canadian Political Science Association Virtual Conference | June 7-10 2021
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Who holds the power to evaluate politicians when they are being introduced to the public as leaders for the first time? One answer to this question for gendered mediation scholars is, unsurprisingly, the news media. Journalists, columnists, and other news writers are most often attributed with power to shape the news narrative. What has yet to be systematically investigated in gendered mediation scholarship is their use of sources. We analyze newspaper coverage of leadership traits for 22 newly elected women and men subnational government leaders (premiers) in Australia and Canada, 11 women and their immediate male predecessors. Two pairs of leadership traits found to dominate news coverage of premiers in the first week after their rise to office inform this study: strength/weakness and competence/incompetence. By accounting for the sources of evaluative content, including self-representations offered by premiers, we identify who is given the power to evaluate the capability of new leaders, how their testimony is integrated into news coverage, and the extent to which there is a gendered dynamic to this news practice.
Paper authors: Meagan Auer, Linda Trimble, Jennifer Curtin, Rissa Reist, Angelia Wagner, and V.K.G. Woodman
PPSA Presents: Pandemic Pedagogy Round table
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, faculty and students in Canadian post-secondary institutions were faced with rapidly shifting to online spaces. Now, as most of us head into a fall semester fully online, we’re taking a pause to reflect on the events of the last several months. In a roundtable format, a group of faculty and students will reflect on their experiences during the pandemic thus far. We will discuss the discourses of pandemic pedagogy that arose on social media, and the way in which the some of which the discourse framed students, faculty and teaching and learning. We will reflect on our experiences as students and faculty in the midst of the ‘pivot’ and we will share some of our lessons learned and tips for going forward.
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