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"A World Away": Decolonizing Journalism Methods


"A World Away": Decolonizing Journalism Methods

Buswa, Tashiina (2021) "A World Away": Decolonizing Journalism Methods. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This research-creation thesis is an exploration into the possibilities for future Indigenous journalism. With an emphasis on “decolonizing” journalism methods, this project attempts to re-evaluate the sometimes limiting and sterile approach to storytelling that comes with western journalism methodology. By applying Indigenous pedagogy, one can find that both the process and the outcome of telling Indigenous stories through a journalistic lens is much more rewarding and impactful. Prominent theoretical themes of this project included cultural identity and competency – both concepts which are rarely understood in mainstream media. Through the use of personal narrative podcasting, the topic of this project is Indigenous education. The intersection of podcasting and Indigenous storytelling allows for a meaningful auditory experience that is culturally competent. The use of podcasts, a fast-growing genre, is both an intimate and commanding space in which disembodied voices captivate the listener’s immediate attention. This fact was not overlooked during the completion of the project, which attempts to give agency to those who have historically been ignored or misrepresented in traditional media. This type of journalism, guided by Indigenous-informed methodology, can be of great value to future journalists when pursuing stories within Indigenous communities.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Journalism
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Buswa, Tashiina
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies
Date:20 January 2021
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hunter, Andrea
Keywords:Indigenous, digital storytelling, alternative journalism, decolonize, podcasting, research-creation
ID Code:987879
Deposited By: Tashiina Buswa
Deposited On:29 Jun 2021 21:06
Last Modified:29 Jun 2021 21:06


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