2013 BC Election: The Missing News


With the mainstream press increasingly preoccupied with the election horserace, it’s often left up to independent and alternative media organizations to tell the real stories and cover the real issues. This is especially true in BC, where our corporate media landscape is one of the most highly concentrated in the country. What can our province’s independent media outlets offer and what role will they play once the writ drops on April 16?

This event is co-presented by rabble.ca, and organized as a part of the CounterCulture Speaker Series run by the Media Democracy Project, the SFU School of Communication, and the SFU Institute for the Humanities.

/// Panelists ///

Gwen Barlee (Wilderness Committee)
Bob Hackett (SFU, Newswatch Canada)
Jarrah Hodge (Gender-Focus.com)
Andrew MacLeod (The Tyee)
Derrick O’Keefe (rabble.ca)

/// Event Details ///

What: Panel Discussion on Alternative Media Coverage of the Election
Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Time: 7:00PM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/534027196650128/
Cost: Free Attendance | First Come, First Served
Venue: Labatt Hall (Room #1700), SFU Vancouver (515 W. Hastings St.)

3 Responses to “2013 BC Election: The Missing News”
  1. Indie media is as important as Indie candidates. We stand for the real facts and truth, putting aside the “half truths”, misdirection, deception, and out right lies of the political arena. D. Black press has demonstrated much of his liberal bias in the larger and smaller papers he owns.
    Go Indie media, democracy will be supported!

  2. Among the problems are the methodology of polling firms and the saturation of media coverage with respect to survey results.

    In the first case, province- or nation-wide percentages for a given party fail to tell its story accurately, given political parties vary widely in their breadth and depth of reach. The BC NDP and BC Liberals are good cases in point; the former has greater breadth across variously-populated ridings, while the latter has greater depth in highly populated ridings. The situation of the BC Greens and BC Conservatives also suggest why reporting popular vote percentages fails to inform the electorate appropriately. Neither of these parties is running a full slate during this campaign, therefore a party said to have ten percent of the popular vote, for example, tells us nothing meaningful.

    Riding or seat projections are even worse when based solely on provincial or national polling data. But again, media organizations seem to be in a race to see who will publish the latest projections first.

    In my view, news organizations should focus only on what’s happening at the riding level, on the ground, with the individual candidate campaigns. That, of course, requires good local reporting and likely a larger investment of time and money than today’s media organizations can afford.

    • you are, unfortunately, correct. The polls reflect what was paid for in advance. Media gets all over them and distorts the news and makes predictions. The media is supposed to report the news, not make it. Add to this the fact that most newspapers in BC are DBlack publications and regularly show their liberal bias. Long live indie media and a slow death of black publications.

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