Special Issue

The Media and Democracy Issue

The 2016 Media and Democracy Special Issue tackles freedom of information, opinion polls and police brutality.

  • The SPVM Violently Suppressed My Media RIghts

    How the Montreal Police Used Intimidation and Violence to Impede on my Rights as a Journalist and the Rights of Protesters

    Screaming like a possessed man is not the type of behaviour one expects from a trained police officer—then again, I’ve never interacted with a rogue undercover cop before.

  • Social Media, Youth Street Gangs, and Law Enforcement Surveillance

    In 2015, 1,177 people were killed by police in the U.S., according to a report by the National Post. Other organizations have reported varying numbers, and all have been alarming.

  • Will Big Name Donors Change Concordia’s Journalism School?

    In early December, Concordia’s Journalism Department announced Sportsnet’s $650,000 donation in scholarships and awards, the biggest in the program’s history.

  • Taking the Pulse or Inducing It?

    Opinion Polls Distort Democracy

    What is imperfect in Canadian democracy? One answer—and yes, the flaws are many—often passes unnoticed, yet it holds tremendous influence in how we decide to cast our ballots come election day: opinion polls.

  • Media Sensationalism in Response to Terrorism

    Media’s Response to Terrorism Needs to Be Responsible

    Less than a year since the attacks on the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo shocked the world, Paris was struck again by suicide bombers and gunmen.

  • In Defense of Student Media

    Few Organizations Are As Ubiquitous In Universities And Colleges Than Student Media

    The legitimacy of student journalists is often challenged.

  • Freedom of Information and the Laquan McDonald Shooting

    Police Transparency Is Necessary for Justice in Democracy

    On Oct. 20, 2014, 17-year old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by white police officer Jason Van Dyke.

  • You Shall Not Pass

    Local Environmental Groups Work To Protect One Of Montreal’s Last Areas Of Wildlife

    Out near the island’s western extremity lies a diverse ecosystem few Montrealers would believe exists in their own city, but that’s exactly what the l’Anse-à-l’Orme green space is: one of the last undeveloped—and unprotected—areas on the island.

  • Getting Back on Track

    Railing Against the Dangers of Oil Transportation

    The train derailment at Lac Mégantic left Canada reeling in its wake. The disaster, which occurred on July 6, 2013, took the lives of 47 people. The incident brought into question the security concerns that surround railway transportation of hazardous goods.

  • Wasting Away

    The Rate of our Consumption is Unsustainable and Changes Must be Made

    What drives people to want more, when what they already have could be enough?