Communication and Media Studies


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    Studies of Alberta's newspapers have generally concentrated on better-known newspapers published in major centres and the organs of significant political parties. Gloria H. Strathern's exhaustive historical directory makes it possible to review the role of the press on a more comprehensive basis.
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    Canadian Newspaper Ownership in the Era of Convergence investigates the current state of Canada's newspaper industry in light of recent developments-increasing concentration of ownership, multi-media convergence, and controversy over the actions of proprietors. Case studies examine how Conrad Black's acquisition of newspapers in the mid-1990s, bringing his total ownership to over half of the country's dailies, followed by the subsequent purchase of the most important of these... [READ MORE]
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    With the establishment of the Board of Broadcast Governors in 1958, Canada entered into a watershed decade in the development of Canadian broadcasting. Andrew Stewart offers his unique perspective as the first Chairman of the BBG. William Hull provides an in-depth analysis of the functioning of the BBG as a regulatory agency.
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    This comprehensive history of Canada's oldest public radio station records the human stories and the struggle to survive through turbulent times. Founded as a groundbreaking experiment by the University of Alberta's Department of Extension, CKUA is now a self-sufficient, listener-supported station that reaches a global audience via the Internet. From heady first years, it survived years of benign neglect under the Alberta government, culminating in a shut-down in 1997. The st... [READ MORE]
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    This is the first in-depth analysis of major French- and English-Canadian news companies to show the impact of cross-media ownership on the diversity of new content. Surprisingly, the study lays to rest fears over content convergence of newspaper and television network ownership by Canadian media giants Canwest Global, CTVglobemedia, and Quebecor. Content-sharing between newspaper and television properties of these giant companies did not occur. This leads the authors to exam... [READ MORE]
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    Michael Nolan follows the evolution of CTV from a group of small independent television stations across Canada to the powerful network it is today. He chronicles the boardroom struggles within the network as strong personalities clashed over economic and cultural matters.
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    Experts in public relations, marketing, and communications have created the most comprehensive textbook specifically for Canadian students and instructors. Logically organized to lead students from principles to their application—and generously supplemented with examples and case studies—the book features chapters on theory, history, law, ethics, research methods, planning, writing, marketing, advertising, media, and government relations, as well as digital, inter... [READ MORE]
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    Founded in 1905, the High River Times served a community of small town advertisers and an extensive hinterland of ranchers and farmers in southern Alberta. Under the ownership of the Charles Clark family for over 60 years, the Times established itself as the epitome of the rural weekly press in Alberta. Even Joe Clark, the future prime minister, worked for the family business. While historians rely heavily on local newspapers to write about rural and small town life, Paul Voi... [READ MORE]
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    Media relations is one of the mainstays of the communications business. With the proliferation of round-the-clock media, communicators have more opportunities than ever to find themselves "in the news." Yet today's communicators come from diverse backgrounds and are not always trained to work to their best advantage with the media. In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada provides an introduction to media relations, grounded in both communications theo... [READ MORE]
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    Are you or your organization going to be in the news? Do you want to be in the media spotlight and do you know how to deal with it? In the News provides an introduction to media relations in Canada, from a practical and philosophical approach. Grounded in the latest research on how to work with media, it explains current media practices and demonstrates how to take a proactive, planned approach to dealing with media. First published in 2002 to wide acclaim from media and aca... [READ MORE]
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    Now in its updated third edition, In the News (2019) is the standard Canadian textbook on media relations, used across the country and praised by media professional and academics alike. The authors provide an introduction to media relations, grounded in both communications theory and hands-on, day-to-day experience. They take you behind the scenes, giving advice on how to write a successful press release, approach reporters, or navigate a difficult interview. Whether you need... [READ MORE]
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    Demers revives the memory of journalist Miriam Green Ellis, an all-but-forgotten feminist, suffragist, and agricultural reporter who documented the modernist sphere for over four decades and who refused to be confined to the "women's pages." With written material from the University of Alberta's Miriam Green Ellis Collection, accompanied by an excellent selection of photographs, Ellis's inimitable voice and views on Albertans, westerners, and Canadians in the early ... [READ MORE]