Hackett, who researches journalism and democracy, received the SFU
2018 Warren Gill Award for Community Impact. He attributed his long
career at the university to a rewarding work environment where he had
the freedom to engage in progressive social movements.
always been encouraged to participate in community engagement
initiatives and public-oriented campaigns,” said Hackett, co-founder of
Media Democracy Day and NewsWatch Canada, which conducts independent
research on the diversity and thoroughness of news coverage.
past four decades have brought many changes to SFU. Among them,
expanding the university across three campuses and increasing the number
and diversity of students, staff and faculty.
For Hackett, the
biggest changes have been the university’s expansion and advancements in
technology—he says the university was smaller and more intimate when he
joined SFU. Menkveld also notes technology’s impact. She remembers
switching from using a typewriter to using a word processor that took up
a whole room and used eight-inch floppy discs.
from SFU may have begun, but Hackett and Anderson aren’t severing their
institutional ties just yet. They have plans to continue furthering
their own education, writing and occasionally teaching while also
supporting grad students and their studies.