At our first RAVEN meeting, the team agreed on a statement of principles and actions that you can read here. The statement also includes the RAVEN objectives and how we are defining a rural community.
The RAVEN team had its first meeting on August 28 at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. You can access the meeting agenda and minutes here. The main discussion topics were the plans and budget for the project over the next year. Most of the RAVEN funding is spent on student salaries, because research training is a primary focus for all projects funded by SSHRC. We also discussed our ongoing efforts to secure an office space for RAVEN.
RAVEN hired two new students for the Autumn term:
- Shanthi Bell, a fourth-year student in Psychology and Media Arts and Cultures
- Mary Aspinall, a PhD candidate in Sociology.
Welcome Shanthi and Mary!
In addition, Tracy Glynn, a member of the core research staff and PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, will be returning for this term.
Today the UNB Research Ethics Board (REB) gave RAVEN its approval to conduct the research outlined in our application for funding to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). We are pleased that we can start the research work in September.
RAVEN is pleased to announce that the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) has awarded our project with a grant that will allow us to conduct additional work, including with our new partner, the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI). Thank you NBIF!
RAVEN’s first staff member, Tracy Glynn, began work today. Tracy is a doctoral candidate in the UNB Interdisciplinary Studies program. We are pleased to have her on the project. Tracy is an expert on photovoice and has extensive experience in the environmental movement in New Brunswick. Tracy will be working part-time during the summer to speak with social justice and environmental groups in the province and share information about the RAVEN project. We are starting to build the RAVEN network. Welcome Tracy!
RAVEN principal investigator Susan O’Donnell chaired the panel session “Journalism, Protest, and Public Opinion” at the Canadian Communication Association (CCA) annual conference at the University of Regina on May 31. As part of her panel presentation: “Indigenous Resistance to Resource Extraction in New Brunswick’s Monopoly News Environment,” Susan announced the RAVEN project due to start the following week.
You can download Susan’s slides for her 2018 CCA presentation here.
The RAVEN project received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council from 2018 until 2022, with partner the NB Media Co-op. Thank you SSHRC! The funding will allow us to build capacity for alternative digital media production and distribution by rural champions. Based at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, the new team will formally launch RAVEN in September 2018.