The 2017 Spry Memorial Keynote Exchange

Happening 10:00am – 11:30am in ALICE MACKAY room


“Solutions media” — Navigating complex issues and viewpoints

Climate change, racial inequality, and economic disparity: some of the most pressing issues we currently face cannot be summed up in a 300-word news article. Yet we need the media, now more than ever, to tackle these issues in ways that do more than simply restate the problems. How can the media document and spread the word about practical, concrete ways people are making social and environmental change? Can the media grapple with these complex subjects without reinforcing a sense of powerlessness or inevitability? These are the questions that informed this year’s Spry Lecture. We invited two distinguished speakers to each come talk to us about one of these pressing issues. Following their talk, we will engage them in a conversation about how the media can and should navigate these topics.

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning journalist and writer from British Columbia. She is Gitxsan and belongs to the Gitanmaax band. Sterritt has worked as a journalist for close to twenty years. Her reports have appeared in the Globe and Mail, The National, CBC’s The Current, and various other national and local news programs. She currently works with CBC Vancouver as television, radio and online reporter, producer and host. Her CBC column “Reconcile This” launched in September.

Darin Barney is the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies at McGill University. He is the author and editor of several scholarly works, including Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology and, most recently, the co-edited volume The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age. Barney’s current research focuses on materialist approaches to media and communication, infrastructure and radical politics.