Courses: Media Ethics and Leadership, Anthropology of Science and Technology, Special Topics in Science and Environmental Journalism, Directed Studies in Science and Environmental Journalism, Journalism 100 (Culture and Media CAP stream)
Office: Room 203
Candis Callison is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at UBC. Her research and teaching are focused on changes to media practices and platforms, journalism ethics, the role of social movements in public discourse, and understanding how issues related to science and technology become meaningful for diverse publics.
Candis’ new book, How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke University Press, 2014) uses ethnographic methods and a comparative lens to bring together the work of science journalists, scientists, and three distinct social groups that are outside environmental movement and policy frameworks in an American context. Building in part on this research, Candis now leads a research team on Arctic Journalism, funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant. They are researching changes to professional norms, practices and standards for Canadian Arctic journalists working in an era of environmental change and global audiences.
Candis also has two additional ongoing collaborative research projects that are funded by the Canadian Media Research Consortium. The first investigates how social networking technologies are being used by First Nations individuals and communities in Canada for social engagement, self-representation, and governance (See interview on CBC Radio’s Spark). The second involves the launch of the Social Media Advanced Research, Teaching and Training Lab (SMARTT Lab), a new interdisciplinary center at the J-school dedicated to understanding the interplay between social networks, the media and public discourse.
In fall 2015, Candis is teaching Anthropology of Science and Technology (JRNL 520F), cross-listed with Anthropology and Journalism. She is also co-teaching Media Ethics and Leadership (JRNL 533). In previous years, Candis has taught New Media and Society (JRNL 100), the J-school’s only undergraduate course taught as part of UBC Coordinated Arts Program’s Media Studies Stream and Science and Environment Journalism (with Nicola Jones).
Candis holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society. Candis also has a Master of Science from MIT in Comparative Media Studies. Prior to her academic work, Candis produced, wrote, and reported for television, the Internet, and radio in Canada (CBC, CTV) and the United States (Lycos, Tech TV).
A few professional highlights: Candis was the original host and co-creator of First Story, the first news and current affairs series on Aboriginal issues to be broadcast nationally in Canada on CTV; it was later syndicated to APTN. For her early concurrent work in media convergence, Candis was profiled in the 2003 book, Technology with Curves: Women Reshaping the Digital Landscape. Her independently produced film, Traditional Renaissance was included in UBC Museum of Anthropology’s 2003-04 exhibition on Tahltan culture, “Mehodihi: Our Great Ancestors Lived that Way.”
Born and raised in and around Vancouver, Candis is a member of the Tahltan Nation located in northwestern B.C. She is married with two young children.
Callison, How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts, Duke University Press, 2014
Callison and Hermida, “Dissent and Resonance: #Idlenomore as an emergent middle ground,” Canadian Journal of Communication, Accepted July 2014
Callison, “Journalism Ethics in the Digital Deluge,” Annual Meetings for Canadian Association of Journalists, Vancouver, May 2014
Hermida and Callison, “Hashtag Dissent: Finding meaning in the counter-narrative of the #Idlenomore protests in Canada,” International Communication Association, Seattle, May 2014
Callison, “Articulating deep context: Environmental regimes and Canada’s #IdleNoMore movement,” Annual Meetings for the Society for Social Studies of Science, San Diego, Nov 2013
Callison, “How do brains come to matter?” Peter Wall Institute, International Roundtable (We are Our Brains), Oct 2013
Callison, “New media means new ways to cover climate change,” Jsource.ca – The Canadian Journalism Project, 15 Feb 2012