Friday, 29 November 2019
Speakers: Edith Cody-Rice and Brent Eades
Lecture title: We have seen the media and it is US!
Why do news organizations report news the way they do? It is because that is what we will read, listen to, watch or pay for. This lecture will start with a short history and explanation of the Millstone, Mississippi Mills’ online community newspaper and will move to a modest proposal for the survival of community newspapers. Discussion with then turn to media today, including a short primer on the principles of international and national public broadcasting and the difference between broadcasting and newspapers.
Bio: Edith Cody-Rice
Edith Cody-Rice is the publisher of the local online newspaper the Millstone and was a media lawyer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 29 years. Specializing in journalism law, she spent her career helping journalists get their stories to air and avoiding reputationally damaging and costly defamation lawsuits. She assisted in crafting stories and appeared many times in court to battle publication bans and to defend journalists against libel allegations and efforts to reveal their sources. She still is involved in journalism through the Millstone and as a director of the Michener Awards Foundation. The Michener Foundation awards the most prestigious Canadian award for investigative journalism which is presented by the Governor General each year.
Edith is also very involved in literature and ran literary luncheons at the National Arts Centre for 19 years, was a director and chair of the Writers’ Trust, and a founder of the Ottawa Valley Book Festival as well as a director of the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival
Bio: Brent Eades
Brent Eades has worked in corporate communications since 1985, when he joined the Prime Minister’s Office as a writer. He was later an aide to the federal minister of finance. He began building websites in 1995, and since 1998 has worked in communications at the Bank of Canada. He is also the publisher of the Almonte.com website. Brent joined the Millstone in 2012 and is now its editor-in-chief. He is on the board of the Michener Awards Foundation, which presents Canada’s most prestigious journalism prize.