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Friday, November 13, 2020
9:00 am MDT

The media plays a pivotal role during times of crisis in keeping society informed and current. By empowering their communities with knowledge, media plays a significant role in shaping public opinion. In this webinar, a panel of journalists will discuss this critical role that media plays and how the public can be responsible in their media consumption in this time of 'fake news'. 


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Meet the Host

Archie McLean

Archie McLean is an assistant professor of journalism at Mount Royal University where he teaches multimedia reporting and is a faculty advisor for the Calgary Journal.

Before coming to Calgary, Archie was the managing editor for CBC North in Yellowknife. There, he led a team of journalists covering three territories and one province, across four time zones and 10 languages on radio, TV and digital media. During his tenure, his team was nominated for a Michener Award and the Canadian Journalism Foundation digital innovation award.

Archie also worked for nearly a decade as a reporter and editor at the Edmonton Journal, writing mostly about politics and public affairs. In 2009, he spent six weeks covering Canada's war in Afghanistan for Canwest News Service.

Archie taught journalism and communications at MacEwan University in Edmonton. While serving as chair of the journalism department, he and his students launched a hyperlocal news website called West Edmonton Local.

He holds a Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Science in biology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria. His current research interests include: Indigenous language broadcasting; emerging business models for news and the intersection of politics, media and technology.


Meet the Presenters

Emma Gilchrist

Emma Gilchrist is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Narwhal, an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about Canada’s natural world.


The Narwhal is a pioneer of non-profit journalism in Canada and is supported by nearly 2,000 monthly members. In April 2019, The Narwhal became the sole Canadian member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, recognizing its adherence to strict standards of editorial independence and financial transparency. In its first two years of operation, The Narwhal was nominated for more than 20 national journalism awards.


Emma graduated from Mount Royal's journalism applied degree program in 2006. In 2007, she was hired by the Calgary Herald, where she started a column on the environment that grew into a weekly section of the newspaper. When she’s not tethered to her computer, Emma is happiest surfing the waves of Vancouver Island.   


Lorne Motley

Lorne Motley is Vice President of Editorial, Western Region, for Postmedia. In this role, Lorne oversees the newsroom operations of Western Canada’s largest daily newspapers from Vancouver to Winnipeg, as well as 30 smaller community newspapers.


Lorne is also editor in chief of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun, overseeing the Calgary newsroom since 2006. He took a one-year break from the Calgary operation in 2016, working in Alberta’s capital to retool the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun newsroom before returning in early 2017. Along the way, Calgary newsroom staff have been nominated for, and awarded, dozens of national and international honours.


Lorne began fostering his love for newspapers 35 years ago as a copy boy, the ground level job of a newsroom. Growing up on the prairies, Lorne attended Grades 1-12 in the town of Carstairs before enrolling at Mount Royal. He is proud that Mount Royal University Alumni Association chose to give him its Legacy Award for professional achievement in 2010. He now chairs the MRU Journalism Advisory board and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Bissett School of Business and MRU’s School of Communication Studies.