Every adult in New Brunswick is aware of the concentration of media ownership in the province. One company, Brunswick News, publishes all the English-language daily newspapers and all but two of the weeklies. CBC publishes online news however they have few resources and no reporters dedicated to rural issues. In this context, alternative, independent, media is crucial to sharing news about rural issues in the province, especially about environmental issues that have an impact on rural communities.
RAVEN is working closely with our partner, the NB Media Co-op, to enhance the news about rural issues and rural activism in New Brunswick. We are also conducting several studies related to alternative media:
- RAVEN PhD research assistant Mary Aspinall, working with investigator Susan O’Donnell, recently completed an analysis of rural-focused Brunswick News editorials. Working with co-authors Tracy Glynn and Tom Beckley, we prepared a manuscript for submission to peer-review.
- RAVEN PhD research assistant Amy Savile, working with Susan O’Donnell and Tracy Glynn, is currently conducting an analysis of alternative media in New Brunswick. We expect to have the results ready to present during the RAVEN Earth Week events at the end of April.
Click here for the RAVEN activities with the NB Media Co-op and related updates about alternative media on rural issues.