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Project 1: Journalism and the Oil Sands

Why do journalists use the sources they do?

Mount Royal journalism faculty Janice Paskey and Gillian Steward studied Alberta oil sands and journalists who cover this story.

We talked to 20 journalists and asked them about sources, the “untold stories” and what they liked about covering the Alberta oil sands.

The study was funded by the Oil Sands Research and Information Network, based at the University of Alberta.

A Prezi presentation summarizing our key findings can be viewed below. The study, “The Alberta Oil Sands, Journalists and their Sources,” can be downloaded for free at OSRIN.UAlberta.ca

Our Project 1 study was published in January 2012 and highlights are on the Prezi presentation (by Jennifer Friesen) above.

You can also view the highlights in our PowerPoint version.

Project 2: Dialogue and the Oil Sands over Four Decades

Additionally, in 2012, MRU researchers, Amanda Williams, Janice Paskey and Gillian Steward, launched a second study, also for OSRIN, investigating changes in economic, social and environmental discourses on the oil sands over the span of four decades. The study examined dozens of provincial government documents, as well as others from non-governmental organizations, news media, industry and academia.

A PowerPoint of key points is presently under construction.

The Project 2 study, “The Alberta Oil Sands Then and Now: An Investigation of the Economic, Environmental and Social Discourses Across Four Decades,” published in August 2013, can be downloaded here.

Additionally, this website provides additional information for journalists who are covering the oil sands, the biggest capital project in the world.

Janice Paskey, Associate Professor, Journalism, Mount Royal University, Canada (jpaskey@mtroyal.ca)

Gillian Steward, Co-author, Instructor, Journalism, Mount Royal University, Canada. (gsteward@mtroyal.ca)

Amanda Williams, PhD, Co-author, Lecturer, Journalism, Mount Royal University, Canada. (awilliams2@mtroyal.ca)

Funder: The Oil Sands Research and Information Network.

The Oil Sands Research and Information Network (OSRIN) is an independent organization operating within the School of Energy and the Environment at the University of Alberta.  Our aim is to be the destination of choice for those seeking reliable information related to mineable oil sands reclamation. For more information, look at About OSRIN.

Researchers’ Affiliation: Mount Royal University Department of Journalism.

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