Candis Callison, director

Candis CallisonCandis Callison joined the graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Candis received her Ph.D. from the Doctoral Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.

Prof. Callison’s book, How Climate Change Comes to Matter,  was published in 2014 by Duke University Press. It uses ethnographic methods and a comparative lens to bring together the work of science journalists, scientists, and three distinct social groups that are outside environmental movement and policy frameworks, in order to explore the communication of climate change to Americans. Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, Candis received a Master of Science in the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT.

Alfred Hermida, director

Alfred HermidaAlfred Hermida is an award-winning online news pioneer, digital media scholar and journalism educator. An associate professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, his research on the intersection of communication technologies, journalism and the networked society has been published in Journalism StudiesJournalism Practice and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

Prof. Hermida is the author of Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters, published in 2014 by DoubleDay Canada. He is co-author of Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He is a 16-year veteran of the BBC and was a founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997.

Brenna Owen, research assistant 

Brenna Owen is a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. She got her start in media at CFRC 101.9 FM, the campus and community radio station in Kingston, Ontario. She studied politics and history at Queen’s University, and travelled to three international climate negotiations as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation. Brenna is keenly interested in Canadian climate policy, activism, accountability and democracy. You can find her on Twitter @brennaowen.

Former research assistants

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Brittany Duggan is a graduate student at the UBC School of Journalism. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 2009 and subsequently lived in Toronto for six years as a professional contemporary dancer and journalist. Brittany has been a core team member with The Dance Current, Canada’s dance magazine, since her undergraduate degree.

Sophie Woodrooffe Sophie W bw

Sophie Woodrooffe is a graduate student at the UBC School of Journalism. Prior to her studies at UBC, she worked as an editor at Spafax in Montreal, covering the intersection of publishing, media and marketing. You can find her on Twitter at @dswdrff.

Michelle Ghoussoub

Michelle GhoussoubMichelle Ghoussoub is a graduate student at the UBC School of Journalism. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia in 2014.

Formerly based in Lebanon, Michelle’s reporting and multimedia work has been featured in The Daily Star, Now Lebanon, and She previously directed the University of British Columbia’s Digital Tattoo Project.

Linda Givetash

Linda GivetashLinda Givetash is a graduate student at the UBC School of Journalism specializing in health reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honours in English and Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Prior to joining the School of Journalism, Linda was a local news reporter at The Waterloo Region Record. 

Emi Sasagawa

Emi SasagawaEmi Sasagawa began her Masters of Journalism at the University of British Columbia in 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011.

For two years, Emi worked as a reporter and social media manager for, an online news portal focusing on solutions-oriented journalism and sustainability issues. Additionally, she studied Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, a business school located in São Paulo, Brazil. Emi is fully fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.