November 9, 2018

Opening night, Line Pagé and Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Open to all!

Registration required

Line Pagé

Line Pagé has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. She worked for 35 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation both in radio and television. She was a reporter, editor and the first director of Radio-Canada's Radio Information Service. She is currently a lecturer in journalism at the Université de Montréal and chairs the Prix Lizette-Gervais for aspiring journalists. She is the creator and coordinator of the Media Literature Project for second-year high school students offered by the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists. She received in 2015 the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the communications sector.

Chenjerai Kumanyika

Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika is a researcher, journalist, and artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University's Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in cultural and creative industries. A contributor to various media, Dr. Kumanyika is also a news analyst for Rising Up Radio. Starting in the fall of 2014, Dr. Kumanyika drew international audiences with his livestream coverage of protests in a number of cities, including Ferguson (Missouri), Charleston (South Carolina), and most recently Charlottesville (Virginia).

November 10, 2018

Refreshments will be served.

Registration required

9:00 am to 10:30 am

Opening Panel

Gender, Ethics and Media Education in Africa

Sharon Adetutu Omotoso

Dr Sharon Adetutu Omotoso was formerly Acting Head of Department, Politics & International Relations, Lead City University, Ibadan. She is currently with the Gender Studies Program at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria where she coordinates the 30-year-old Women's Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC). She recently co-edited Political Communication in Africa and was a contributing author of ‘Media and Politics in Africa' and ‘Media, Society and the Postcolonial State' (Palgrave Handbooks, 2018). Dr. Omotoso is Research Fellow, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for French Research in Africa (IFRA).

Preparing Youth to be Digital Citizens in a Democratized Media World

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada's center for digital and media literacy. He is the author of many of MediaSmarts' lessons, parent materials and interactive resources and a lead on MediaSmarts' Young Canadians in a Wired World research project. As an acknowledged expert in digital literacy and its implementation in Canadian curricula, Matthew is the architect of MediaSmarts' Use, Understand, Create: Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian K-12 Schools. He has contributed blogs and articles to websites and magazines around the world as well as presenting MediaSmarts' materials on topics such as copyright, cyberbullying, body image and online hate to parliamentary committees, academic conferences and governments and organizations around the world.

Exploring the Definition of Media Literacy in Order to Guide the Development of Media Education

Pierre Fastrez

Pierre Fastrez is a Research Associate of the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique-FNRS and a professor in communications at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. For many years, he studied the influence of information and communication technologies on cognitive activities before focusing his research on media literacy.  He first worked on the conceptual definition of media literacy in terms of competencies. The research projects he is involved in and leads articulate an evaluative and experimental approach that includes the design and use of performance tests in complex tasks, and a qualitative and interpretive approach to the definition of media literacy competencies based on the analysis of related media practises. He is a member of the Higher Council for Media Education of the French Community of Belgium.

Danielle Chagnon



Jean-Louis Roy


10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Concurrent workshops

Media education: what is it, who is responsible for it, and what works?

Digital Devices in the Lives of Young People: Understanding the Relationship Between Technology, Media Education, Curricula and Policy in Schools

Giuliana Cucinelli

Dr. Giuliana Cucinelli is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology Program in the Department of Education at Concordia University, and the co-director of the Community and Differential Motilities cluster for Concordia University's Institute for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology. Cucinelli's research-creation program focuses on the social, cultural and educational impacts of technology. Currently she is a principal investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant and a Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), Établissement de nouveaux professeurs grant which examines digital device practices and policy in K-12 schools in Quebec and Ontario. She is also a PI on a Concordia funded research-creation project Virtual Reality and Empathy Education: Understanding Cultural, Gender and Ethnic Difference in the Workplace.

Towards a Positive Self-identity in the Digital Age

Maryse Rancourt & Patrick Fleury

Maryse is a guidance counsellor in technology integration at the Commission scolaire de Laval and a RÉCIT facilitator for 6 years. Above all, she is a former teacher seeking the full development of every young person's potential through technologies that allow them to express and build their identity.

Patrick Fleury is a guidance counsellor in technology integration at the Commission scolaire of Laval and a RÉCIT facilitator. He taught for over 15 years while trying to optimize the efficiency of technologies used by and for students, Using the web in an educational context has been the heart of his concerns for a really long time. Therein, drawing from his master’s dissertation, he is the author of the book « Comment montrer aux élèves à faire de bonnes recherches sur le web ».

Media and Information Literacy: Student Learning in a Flipped Classroom Environment

James Wittebols

James H. Wittebols is professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor. He taught media literacy for ten years at Niagara University. More recently, he developed an information literacy course which incorporates news literacy at the University of Windsor. The course is described in this article in Communications in Information Literacy:

He has published comparative content analyses of US and Canadian network television news on the issues of terrorism and protest. He has published two books: Watching M*A*S*H, Watching America: A Social History of the 1972-1983 Television Series (McFarland) and The Soap Opera Paradigm: Television Programming and Corporate Priorities (Rowman and Littlefield).


Raymond Corriveau

Raymond Corriveau is a former president of the Conseil de presse du Québec where he led the first tour on the status of information in Québec. A journalist on the ground in several continents as well as a researcher, he is also an associate professor at the department of Lettres et Communication sociale of the Université du Québec in Trois-Rivières where he has been a key player in establishing various social communication programs (BA, MA, Ph. D.). Together with colleagues of the Universités du Québec network, he obtained a Fodar grant on media education. He has contributed to collective publications and given conferences on media education. He is also a member of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la communication, l'information et la société (CRISIS).

What curricula and public policies help to promote media education?

From “How to Do Things” to “How to Understand What's Going on”: Media-pedagogy Between Technological Education and Media Literacy

André Haller & Markus Kaiser

Dr. André Haller is a researcher at the Institute for Communication Studies at University of Bamberg, Germany. His main fields of research and teaching are strategic and political communication (particularly campaign communication and disinformation on the Internet), scandal coverage and new developments in journalism. He is teaching since 2011 and is also working as a lecturer for the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation in the field of continuing education and in schools.

Markus Kaiser is a professor in media innovation and journalism practice at the Technische Hochschule (University of Applied Sciences) in Nuremberg. Before his academic career, Kaiser worked as a journalist and press officer. His research and teaching interests are new technological developments in journalism and their impact on society. Kaiser is also working as a lecturer for the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation.

Building One's Citizenship in the Digital Age

Benoit Petit

Benoit Petit is a guidance counsellor specialized in the field of personal development at RÉCIT's national service. His main pedagogical drivers are collaboration and creativity using digital technology to serve the learner. He offers an ethical reflection on uses in the digital age: citizenship, social media, mobility, private life, copyrights, free educational resources and leadership.

Civil society as news broker in democracy 2.0

To be confirmed

To be confirmed


Michelle Fortin

Michèle Fortin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Télé-Québec educational and cultural television network. She has previously held a variety of senior management positions in the fields of education, science, culture and communications in Canada. She was vice-president responsible for television programming in French at Radio-Canada from 1994 to 2002. Passionate about television, she has launched and supported several shows that have marked French language television for 15 years at Télé-Québec and Radio Canada. She has also created the cultural channel ARTV. Ms. Fortin currently chairs Canal Savoir's board of directors and is co-chair of the board of the Youth Media Alliance. She also sits on the boards of the Canadian Association of Educational and Public Media and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

What is the relationship between media education skills and informed citizen participation?

Three Perspectives on Fake News

Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours


Sophie Seguin-Lamarche

Sophie Seguin-Lamarche, directrice, communications, affaires publiques et opérations INM et productrice de L'état du Québec

Identifying Fake News: Effects of Media and Information Literacy Capacity Training on Youth

Arulchelvan Sriram

Dr. S. Arulchelvan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Sciences, Anna University, Chennai, India. Earlier, he was a Journalist in the Tamil newspaper industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Media. He has been awarded an FCT Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from Portugal and European Union. He is teaching Journalism, Community Media, Development Communication, Educational Media, Research Methodology for Master degree courses. He has received Best Young Media Teacher award by an Educational Magazine. He is enthusiastically involved in many research projects with the support of Anna University, NSS, UNICEF, Government of Tamilnadu, etc. He has published many research papers in national and international journals. He also presented and attended many national and international conferences. He had been invited as a resource person for several workshops and seminars. He has organized many workshops and seminars. He is connected with prominent professional associations.


Alexandra Manoliu & Lena Hübner

Alexandra Manoliu is a doctoral student at the department of political science of the University of Montréal. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and European studies as well as a master's in marketing and political communication from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Rumania. Her master's dissertation focused on the use of new media techniques in presidential campaigns of the United States, France and Rumania. Her research topics are the notion of infotainment and the effects of political television series on the political knowledge and cynicism of viewers. She is also interested in American political campaigns. She has written a paper entitled 'New roles in the presidential campaign: candidates as talk show comedians' in the book 'US Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Early reflections from leading academics,' directed by D. Lilleker, E.Thorsen, D.Jackson and A.Veneti, published by the Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University. She is currently completing a research residency at the Institut du Nouveau Monde.

Lena Hübner is a doctoral student in communications at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). After obtaining her B.A. in French studies (media) at Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg (2012) and work experience in the field of public relations, she chose an academic career. Since completing her master's dissertation (UQAM, 2014), she has studied political communication in sociodigital networks. She is the author of the chapter 'Exploring Real-time Voter Targeting Strategies on Social Media' published in 'Temps et Temporalités du Web,' a collective work directed by Valérie Schafer (Presses de Paris Nanterre, 2018). In addition to her studies, she is the coordinator of scientific activities at the CRISIS interuniversity research centre.

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Truth inc.: a strategy board game to educate about online misinformation

Lunch time presentation

Truth inc.

Manlio Alessi & Elizabeth Triassi

The game Truth Inc. was originally proposed by Émilie René-Véronneau and created in collaboration with multidisciplinary teammates Manlio Alessi, Lamya Ghazaly and Elizabeth Triassi--all graduate students in Educational Technology at Concordia University.

Manlio Alessi has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and currently teaches at Champlain College St-Lambert. He came to Ed. Tech. to inform and refine his teaching strategies.

Elizabeth Triassi is a psychopedagogist and Director of Family and School Services at Agoo Children's Health and Wellness Centre. Elizabeth's research focuses on the ways in which interactive digital media is transforming interpersonal relationships.


Émilie René-Véronneau

Émilie René-Véronneau teaches graphic design at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. Émilie has been involved in research projects related to youth and media privacy, as well as virtual reality and empathy education. Her work on interactive documentaries was recently published in the open journal First Monday (Cucinelli, René-Véronneau & Oldford, 2018). Her thesis examines how online communities self-govern.

1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Concurrent workshops

What historical trajectory and current contexts are generating the need for media education?

Tackling Gender-biased Information in Social Media One Toolkit at a Time

Karla Prudencio

Karla Prudencio is an attorney graduated from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE). She has also conducted studies on telecommunications, technology, digital rights, and gender perspective. She currently works in EQUIS: justicia para las mujeres (an NGO dedicated to strengthening women's access to justice) and as a research advisor and head of CIDE's Transparency Unit. She is the president of BIT: colectiva feminista an organization on women and digital rights and is active with Conectadas a women's networking group focused on enhancing women's careers in the ICT, telecommunications and media sectors. Prior to this, Karla worked as legal advisor to a commissioner of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications and at a Federal Criminal Law Tribunal in Mexico City. She has also done strategic litigation for CIDE's Public Interest Law Clinic.

Fake news in Cameroon's Cyberspace : Overview of the Situation, Rationalities and Challenges

Ulrich Tadajeu Kenfack

Ulrich Tadajeu Kenfack is a doctoral student in political history at Dschang University (Cameroon). His thesis looks at the mutations of political communication in Cameroon from 1916 to 2016. He is currently a researcher and the director of the Muntu Institute's Department of communication and documentation. His research topics are: political communication, political behaviour and the social implications of digital technologies. As such, his work is focused on the responsible and productive use of social media among social science researchers. For this, he facilitates student and researcher workshops.

No Window Without a Frame: How the Language of News Shapes Our World

Dr. Herbert Pimlott

Dr. Herbert Pimlott’s research, teaching and public engagement activities focus on issues around language, communication, and economic and social justice issues. He is active on and off campus, which has included providing media and communications advice for union and anti-poverty campaigns as well as media strategy and communications support for regional and provincial labour organizations and anti-poverty coalitions, such as the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice. Dr. Pimlott has run workshops on media relations, the language of advocacy, news relations and writing for unions, political riding associations, and anti-poverty, social and environmental justice groups. One of his most recent articles, ‘Engaging Class Struggles’ (2017: Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 42), was on the techniques he using in class to engage students in critical thinking around the use of language and framing.


Danielle Chagnon


In what ways do different perspectives on the political economy of the media journalism and the news production cycle guide what is meant by 'media education'?

Fake News: What's New About it and What is not

Adrian Quinn

Adrian Quinn leads the International Journalism Programme at the School of Media & Communication, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. A reporter by training, he is a graduate of the Universities of Wales and Glasgow and has written for several journals and edited collections.

Algorithmic Imperialism and Fake News

Sara Bannerman

Sara Bannerman, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at McMaster University in Canada. She teaches on communication policy and governance. She has published two books on international copyright: 'International Copyright and Access to Knowledge' (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and 'The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism,' 1842-1971 (UBC Press, 2013), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on international copyright, international copyright history, and other topics related to new media, traditional media, and communications theory. Bannerman is a Vice Chair of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).


Geneviève Rossier



Community Media and the Fight Against Fake News

Sylvain Racine, Catherine Edwards, & Alexandre Lavoie (to be confirmed)

Sylvain Racine, a member of the Fédération des télévisions communautaires autonomes du Québec, is the general manager of the des Moulins regional television station in southern Lanaudière, a position he has held for over 20 years. He is an experienced community television producer and manager.

Catherine Edwards is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS), an organization she co-founded in 2008. She is currently finishing a master's degree in Civic Media at Emerson College in Boston.

Alexandre Lavoie, is a teacher at Le Mistral high school, president of Télévision de la Mitis, and founder of the Comité des informateurs avertis (CIA, committee of knowledgeable informers), an extracurricular project at Le Mistral high school. This project is carried out in collaboration with TV Mitis, which lends equipment and broadcasts some of the reports produced by the school's students.


Amélie Hinse

Amélie Hinse, has been director general director of the Fédération des télévisions communautaires autonomes du Québec (Federation of independent community televisions of Québec) for 4 years and is a Warwick municipal councillor since November 2017. Since 2010, she has worked as a rights advocate in the community sector. She is a board member of several organizations including that of the Corporation de développement communautaire des Bois-Francs, of which she is the chair.

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Closing Panel

Pascale St-Onge

Since 2015, Pascale St-Onge has served as the President of the Fédération nationale des communications (FNC-CSN), a labour union that brings together nearly 90 unions and 6,000 members working in media and culture, mainly in Quebec, but also in New Brunswick and Ontario. During her studies in literature and journalism, she held various positions in the administration of La Presse. Since her election as head of the FNC-CSN, she has overseen numerous initiatives to propose economic, legal, and policy solutions that are realistic and effective in responding to the media crisis. She advocates at various levels of government to adopt concrete measures to ensure the sustainability of journalism and employment in the sector. She actively participates in debates concerning media and culture in both government and in public arenas.

Normand Landry

Normand Landry is a professor at Université TÉLUQ (Université du Québec) and holds the Canada Research Chair in Media Education and Human Rights. His work focuses on media education, communication rights, legal intimidation, as well as communication and social movements. His research has led him to participate in international summits organized by the United Nations, intervene with parliamentary groups and engage with civil society organizations.

Kevin Chan

Kevin Chan is a Global Director and Head of Public Policy, Canada at Facebook. He is a member of the company's global public policy leadership team, and leads the platform's efforts in Canada on a broad range of issues that impact the Internet sector. A member of the 2017 Selection Board for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, he also serves on the boards of directors of Kids Help Phone and MediaSmarts, and sits on the Dean’s Council of the Ted Rogers School of Management. Previously, Kevin was Deputy Secretary-General of McGill University and a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. Earlier he served in executive roles in the federal public service including Director, Office of the Clerk of the Privy Council. Kevin graduated from Harvard Kennedy School, the Ivey Business School and the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Gretchen King

Gretchen King has been awarded numerous prizes as a community news and public affairs programmer. Her doctoral thesis (Communications, McGill, 2015) deals with Jordan's first community radio station, Radio al-Balad 92.4, in Amman. Before her studies, from 2001 to 2011, she was news coordinator at CKUT 90.3 Montréal. From 2016 to 2018, she completed a post doctorate at the University of Ottawa, where she established projects related to the news services of community radios and public policies in communication. In 2018, Gretchen started a postdoctorate with TÉLUQ University's Canada Research Chair in Media Education and Human Rights.