Our Team

Media Democracy Days is a collaborative event supported by an ever changing collection of community partners, exhibitors, speakers, and volunteers. As an organization, we are based at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, and work actively with our long-time coordinating partners at OpenMedia.ca and our co-sponsors, the Vancouver Public Library. Our steering committee is made up of:

Dr. Kathleen Cross: Dr. Cross is a Lecturer in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where her research interests include democratic communication, news media analysis, gender in media, media theory (cultural and critical theory), public opinion, and the analysis of political campaigns and elections. She also serves as a National Coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Project, focused on gender representation in media.
Dr. Stuart Poyntz: Dr. Poyntz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the relationship of children and youth with media, public sphere theory, with specific concern for the work of Hannah Arendt, and young people’s historical thinking, particularly in relation to digital media technologies. Dr. Poyntz works with Media Democracy Days as our programming advisor.
Dr. Robert Hackett: Dr. Hackett has taught at the SFU School of Communication since 1984. From 1993 to 2003, he co-directed NewsWatch Canada, a news media monitoring program based at SFU.Bob is on the editorial board of Journalism Studies. He has conducted numerous media interviews and public taks, written policy briefs, and has helped to found several community-based media action and education initiatives, including Media Democracy Day itself.
Steve Anderson: Steve is the national coordinator for OpenMedia.ca. He is a contributing author of Censored: 2008 and Battleground: The Media and has written for The Tyee, Toronto Star, Epoch Times, Common Ground, Rabble.ca, and Adbusters.
Tyler Morgenstern: Tyler is a writer, activist, organizer, and rabble rouser. He began his work with Media Democracy Days Vancouver in 2009 as a volunteer with OpenMedia.ca. Since then, he has had the pleasure of working with the team in a number of roles, spearheading the project in 2010 as head coordinator, and providing front line support in 2011. Outside of MDD, Tyler serves as Program Director with the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, and writes for several websites and publications including Sad Mag and Art Threat. His personal research focuses on theories of community and questions of ethics in the context of radical political and social movements.

We are also supported by a rotating team of coordinators and organizers. Our 2012 staff:

Josh Tabish: Josh is currently at SFU completing a double major Communication and Linguistics and is passionate about helping those in the struggle for democratic media reform share their stories with the public and each other. Josh’s interests are in telecommunication policy, environmental communication, and, increasingly, the future of public broadcasting.  Outside of MDD he has been involved in several community initiatives including several years as a writing tutor in SFU’s Student Learning Commons, as well as, recently, helping organize SlutWalk Vancouver 2011. Josh began working with MDD in 2011 as the Media Fair Coordinator, and is excited to serve as Lead Coordinator this year.

Kavya Joseph: Kavya Joseph is an undergraduate student at the SFU School of Communication. As an international transfer student, her research interests include youth media literacy and education and  communication strategies that promote social change. Kavya was first involved with MDD 2010 as an intern and was part of the official media team that covered the event. She is honoured to be working in the position of Co-Coordinator at MDD 2012.

Robert Prey: Robert Prey is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Robert joined the MDD organizing team because he feels strongly about the centrality of media and communications in fomenting democratic change.

One Response to “Our Team”
  1. Leah says:


    I’m a writer for the Capilano Courier, the student paper from Capilano University. I’m doing a news piece about alternative media and the forum that it taking place in Vancouver on April 15. I was hoping to talk to someone from your organization about the state of media in Canada, and what are the issues that alternative media is facing. If this is possible, please let me know who I can contact and when would be a good time to talk. Over the phone or via email both work for me.

    Thank you,
    Leah Scheitel

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