Colette Brin




Université Laval
Department of Communication Studies







Research
Colette Brin is a Professor at Université Laval and Director of the Center for the Study of Media (Centre d'études sur les médias). A former journalist, she remains closely connected to communities of practice in journalism and communication; her current research explores the transformations underway in this field. Additionally, Professor Brin is carrying out work on the role of digital news in Canada, as well as on local and regional media in Quebec. She uses diverse research methods, especially content analysis, qualitative interviews, surveys and ethnographies of media production.


Research Axis
Axis 1: Learning Democratic Citizenship in an Unequal World - Cet axe se concentre sur l’acquisition de valeurs, d’attitudes et de comportements qui contribuent à une citoyenneté démocratique dynamique. La démocratie repose fondamentalement sur le principe de l’égalité politique, mais dans la pratique, le désavantage économique et social se traduit par un accès inégal au pouvoir politique et à la prise de décision (Schlozman et al 2012). L’inégalité a de profondes implications pour l’inclusion, la réactivité et, en fin de compte, la légitimité même de notre système démocratique. L’inégalité croissante détruit les fondements de la démocratie, entraînant une polarisation politique accrue et une désaffection de la politique (Kwon 2015). Plus que jamais, les démocraties efficaces exigent des citoyens engagés, responsables et bien informés. Comprendre les facteurs qui influent sur le développement de ce type de citoyenneté démocratique active est un objectif clé de l’axe 1.

Axis 2: Practicing Citizenship in a Skeptical World - The practice of democratic citizenship is undergoing a multifaceted transition. There are fundamental changes in conceptions of democratic citizenship and in its practice as well as the targets of citizen action. Scepticism about representative democracy as a system of governance is growing and citizens across established democracies are withdrawing from politics. Their perception about the political world is impacted by transformations in the news media practices and by online content, including social media. Voting and party politics have been the basis of conventional interpretations of citizenship, but there is ample evidence that this conception is much too limited. New forms of communication are providing citizens with novel ways to gather information and to engage in politics.



Students
Alexandre Boutet-Dorval , Matrise en communication publique
(Start: 2013)

Jean-François Poudrier, MA
(Start: 2016)

Lauriane Tremblay, PhD
(Start: 2017)

Meriam Lebiad, PhD
(Start: 2017)


Publications
Rapport sur la couverture médiatique canadienne du développement international en 2015
Journal: Fondation Aga Khan
Year: 2016
Joshua Greenberg


Rapport sur les données canadiennes
Year: 2016
Sébastien Charlton
Daniel Giroux


Images of Essence: Journalists' Discourse on the Professional "Discipline of Verification"
Journal: Canadian Journal of Political Science
Volume: 41
issue: 1
Year: 2016
First Page: 37
Last Page: 48
Ivor Shapiro
Philipa Spoel


Journalism in Crisis:  Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada
Year: 2016
First Page: 1
Last Page: 360
Mike Gasher
Christine Crowther
Gretchen King
Errol Salamon


Canada Digital News Report
Journal: Reuters Institute for the Study Of Journalism - University of Oxford
Year: 2016


Le journalisme politique en 140 caractères. Le cas du Québec
Journal: Sur le journalisme, About journalism
Volume: 4
issue: 1
Year: 2015


Riding the Media Waves: From Reasonable Accomodation to the "Charter of Values" debate in Quebec, 2007-2014
Journal: From Media Hype to Twitter Storm. The dynamics of self-reinforcing processes in news waves.
Year: 2016
Marie-Michèle Sauvageau
Editors: P Vasterman
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press