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Lisa Taylor

Lisa is the principal investigator of the Canadian Worlds of Journalism Study. A former lawyer and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist, she is an associate professor and undergraduate program director in the School of Journalism, Ryerson University. Lisa teaches multiplatform journalism and journalism law and ethics; her research interests include state impediments to freedom of expression and access to information.

Heather Rollwagen

Heather is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. Her research interests include both qualitative and quantitative explorations of the intersections of housing, perceptions of crime, and neighbourhood livability in urban areas. Heather teaches statistics, urban sociology, and introductory sociology, and graduate courses in quantitative methodology.

Colette Brin

Colette is a Professor at Université Laval’s Département d’information et de communication and the Director of the Centre d’études sur les médias. Her research and teaching focus on recent and ongoing changes in journalistic practice, through policy and organizational initiatives, as well as journalists’ professional discourse. She recently co-edited Journalism in Crisis: Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016). Colette coordinates the Canadian study for the Digital News Report (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism). She is a member of the Groupe de recherche sur la communication politique (GRCP) and of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC).

Colette est professeure titulaire au Département d’information et de communication de l’Université Laval et directrice du Centre d’études sur les médias. Ses travaux de recherche et son enseignement s’articulent autour des transformations récentes et en cours des pratiques journalistiques, notamment par l’entremise des politiques publiques et des initiatives organisationnelles en tant que mécanismes de régulation, ainsi que du discours professionnel des journalistes. Elle a récemment codirigé l’ouvrage Journalism in Crisis : Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2016). Elle coordonne l’édition canadienne du Digital News Report (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2015-2018). Elle est membre du Groupe de recherche sur la communication politique (GRCP) et du Centre pour l’étude de la citoyenneté démocratique (CÉCD).

Nicole Blanchett

Nicole joined the CWJS team in May, 2020, upon her appointment as an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. She teaches multiplatform journalism and production, and her current research focuses on the use of audience data in newsrooms and the changing boundaries and definitions of journalism.

A former news producer, Nicole led the Journalism program at Sheridan College for ten years. Her undergraduate journalism study was at Ryerson, her master’s thesis for Royal Roads University focused on participatory journalism, and her doctoral research at Bournemouth University observed the impact of metrics and analytics on decision making in four newsrooms in Canada and Europe.

Ivor Shapiro

Ivor is a full professor at the School of Journalism, Ryerson University. He teaches feature reporting and principles of journalism, and conducts research into aspects of professional identity in journalism. Details at

Ivor est professeur titulaire à l’École de journalisme de l’Université Ryerson. Il enseigne le reportage et les principes du journalisme et mène des recherches sur les aspects de l’identité professionnelle du journalisme. Pour plus de détails SVP visitez

Lindsay Fitzgerald

Lindsay Fitzgerald, an independent film-maker, is director-producer of After Fact (2020). The film arose from her work as the lead interviewer and research manager for the Canadian Worlds of Journalism Study while earning first a Bachelor of Journalism and then an MFA  in documentary media, both at Ryerson.  Lindsay is a former reporter with The Hamilton Spectator and was a research intern with CBC-TV’s investigative program, the fifth estate. Her short film, About Employment (2016) won first prize in TVO’s Short Doc Contest, premiering at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in June 2015. The film has subsequently been broadcast on TVO and was featured in numerous festivals internationally.

Geneviève Bonin-Labelle

Geneviève a été cochercheuse dans notre étude de 2014 à 2018. Elle est professeure agrégée au Département de communication de l’Université d’Ottawa. Geneviève est membre du comité décideur sur l’indépendence journalistique du Conseil canadien des normes de la radiotélévision et membre du conseil d’administration du Forum de la recherche et des politiques en communication.

Geneviève was a co-investigator in our study from 2014 to 2018. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. She is a public adjudicator for the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and a board member of the Forum for policy and research in communications.

Lauriane Tremblay

Lauriane Tremblay est une étudiante au doctorat en communication publique à l’Université Laval à Québec. Elle a complété sa maîtrise en communication à l’Université d’Ottawa où elle a aussi obtenu son baccalauréat spécialisé bidisciplinaire en communication et lettres françaises Magna Cum Laude.

Lauriane Tremblay is a Ph. D. Candidate in Communications at Laval University in Québec. She completed her Masters in Communication at the University of Ottawa, where she also got her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Joint Honours Communication et lettres françaises Magna Cum Laude.

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