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’ 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.
Candis 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. Since the project launched in 2014, research assistants have jointly conducted ethnographic research, completed a portion of their required Master of Journalism summer internships in the three northern Canadian territories, and provided live reporting and media analysis during the COP21 meetings in Paris.
Candis also has three additional ongoing collaborative research projects that are funded by the Canadian Media Research Consortium. The first looks at new journalism and will result in a 2018 book with J-school colleague, Mary Lynn Young. The second 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 third involves 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. The first project of the SMARTT Lab resulted in an analysis of the Twitter hashtag of the Idle No More movement in Canada.
Candis teaches the required Master of Journalism course, Media Ethics and Leadership (JRNL 533) with Kirk LaPointe. She also teaches Anthropology of Science and Technology (JRNL 520F), cross-listed with Anthropology and Journalism. For Winter 2018, Candis is co-developing a new course on postcolonial and feminist critiques of journalism with Mary Lynn Young. 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.
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 children.
Young and Callison, “When gender and technology matter in a journalism startup,”
Annual Meetings for the Society for Social Studies of Science, Barcelona, Aug 2016
Callison, “Arctic Journalism: Reporting on climate, economics, and policies,” Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change Conference, London, May 2016
Callison and Hermida, “Dissent and Resonance: #Idlenomore as an emergent middle ground,” Canadian Journal of Communication, 2016
Callison and Hermida, “Idle No More in Canada: Dissent, Resonance, and a Middle Ground,” Civic Media Project, MIT Press, 2015.
Callison, How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts, Duke University Press, 2014
Callison, “Journalism Ethics in the Digital Deluge,” Annual Meetings for Canadian Association of Journalists, Vancouver, May 2014