In partnership with SFU's school of communication

The 2017 Spry Memorial Keynote Exchange

Happening 10:00am – 11:30am in ALICE MACKAY room

For the second time in its history the Spry Memorial Lecture will take place in collaboration with Media Democracy Days (MDD). The theme of this year’s event is ‘Solutions Media’.

Solutions Media can be broadly defined as media that documents and spreads the word about practical, concrete ways people are making social and environmental change. Solutions Media is a two-word phrase that raises provocative questions about the role of media makers, ideology vs. pragmatism, power relations, theories of social change and more. Solutions Media makers are an eclectic community, including videographers, coders, storytellers, designers, podcasters, writers, artists…anyone who lends their skills to documenting solutions and making them public. We see Vancouver and its region as a hotbed of Solutions Media makers, including pioneering work going back over a decade. MDD attendees will get a chance to encounter over a dozen such organizations and form contact. At MDD leading thinkers will share their perspectives its meaning and potential.

The goal of this year’s Spry Memorial Lecture is to launch MDD with a critical reflection on the topic of Solutions Media and how it might play a role in a strong, vibrant, and civically engaged Canadian media landscape.

To do this, we’ve invited Darin Barney, the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies at McGill University, and Angela Sterritt, an award-winning Gitxsan journalist, artist, and writer, for a conversation in response to MDD’s vision of Solutions Media.

Both will be invited to open up the conversation with a 15-minute reflection, followed by a 15-minute conversation between the two and ending in an audience question and answer session.

Some of the questions informing the conversation:

  • How does Solutions Media fit in the current Canadian media landscape?
  • What role can public media play in supporting a Solutions Media approach?
  • What kinds of participation and community engagement are necessary for a vibrant Solutions Media approach to work?
  • What are the infrastructural and/or policy challenges and opportunities facing Solutions Media?


About the Speakers:

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning journalist and writer from British Columbia. She is Gitxsan and belongs to the Gitanmaax band. Sterritt has worked as a journalist for close to twenty years. Her reports have appeared in the Globe and Mail, The National, CBC’s The Current, and various other national and local news programs. She currently works with CBC Vancouver as television, radio and online reporter, producer and host. Her CBC column “Reconcile This” launched in September.

Darin Barney is the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies at McGill University. He is the author and editor of several scholarly works, including Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology and, most recently, the co-edited volume The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age. Barney’s current research focuses on materialist approaches to media and communication, infrastructure and radical politics.


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