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Canadian Journal of Communication

Canadian Journal of Communication. ISSN 0705-3657. Published quarterly “to advance the development of communication and journalism education in Canada.” Subscriptions: Canadian Journal of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3. Canada.

The Canandian Journal of Communication provides online access to the current issue, table of contents, and abstracts on its website From 2008 Communication Research Trends will thus no longer list the table of contents, but only issue themes. Interested readers should go directly to the CJC website for more details on each issue.

Vol. 33(2)--2008

Theme: Mediating Spaces


Vol. 33(1)--2008

Theme: No set theme but articles on news coverage of the environment, news coverage of Canadian identity at the time of the U.S. Civil War, marketing Canadian politics, moral agency in Hitchcock's films, Internet neutrality, and 911 call centers.


Vol. 32(3&4)--2007

Theme: Communicating Health
  • Patton, C. Mobile knowledge: HIV patients' encounter with endrocrinology. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 335-355.
  • Namaste, V., Vukov, T.H., Saghie, N., Jean-Giles, J., Lafrenière, M., Leclerc, N., Leroux, M.-J., Monette, A., & Williamson, R. HIV and STD prevention needs of bisexual women: Results from Projet Polyvalence. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 357-381.
  • Mruphy, D., Balka, E., Poureslami, I., Leung, D. E., Cruz, T., & Nicol, A.-M. Communicating health information: The community engagement model for video production. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 383-400.
  • Dysart-Gale, D. Respite: Cultural values in North American and Caribbean caregiving. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 401-415.
  • Li, H. Z., Desroches, N. G., Yum, Y.-O., Koehn, C., & Deagle, G. Asymmetrical talk between physicians and patients: A quantitative discourse analysis. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 417-433.
  • Bonneville, L., & Grosjean, S. Les défis que soulève l'informatisation de la pratique médicale sur le plan de l'innovation technologique. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 435-456.
  • Campos., M. N. Communication as argumentation: The use of scaffolding tools by a networked nursing community. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 457-474.
  • Balka, E., Rodje, K., & Bush, C. G. Rose coloured glasses: The discourse on information techology in the Romanow report. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 475-494.
  • Borck, C. Communicating the modern body: Fritz Kahn's popular images of human physiology as an industrialized world. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 495-520.
  • Elliott, C. Pink! Community, contestation, and colour of breast cancer. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 521-536.
  • Gardner, P. M. Re-gendering depression: Risk, web health campaigns, and the feminized pharmako-subject. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 537-555.
  • Gasher, M., hayes, M., hackett, R., Gutstein, D., Ross, I., & Dunn, J. Spreading the news: Social determinants of health reportage in Canadian daily newspapers. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 557-574.
  • Roy, S. C., Faulkner, G., & Finlay, S.-J. Fit to print: A natural history of obesity research in the Canadian news media. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 575-594.
  • Willinsky, J., Murray, S., Kendall, C., & Palepu, A. Doing medical journals differently: Open Medicine, open access, and academic freedom. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(3-4), 595-612.

Vol. 32(2)--2007

Theme: Vocabularies of Citizenship
  • Kinahan, A-M. Cultivating the taste of the nation: The National Council of Women of Canada and trhe campaign against "pernicious' literature at the turn of the twentieth century. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(2), 161-180.
  • Ferguson, S. Locking out the mother corp: Nationalism and popular imaginings of public service broadcasting in the print news media. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(2), 181-200.
  • Fraser, N. Creating model citizens for the information age: Canadian Internet policy as civilizing discourse. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(2), 201-218.
  • Rentschler, C. Victims' rights and the struggle over crime in the media. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(2), 219-239.
  • D'Arcy, S. The "jamaican criminal" in Toronto, 19944: A critical ontology. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(2), 241-259.
  • Hodson, J. & Vannini, P. Island time: The media logic and ritual of ferry communing on Gabriola island, BC. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(2), 261-275.
  • Gow, G. Public alerting in Canada: Renewing the emergency broadcasting system. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32(2), 277-293.

Vol. 29(2)--2004

  • Heyer, Paul. "American under attack I: A reassessment of Orson Welles' 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast," pp. 149-165. This reevaluation of the Welles' program does so from the perspective of Marshall McLuhan's comments in Understanding Media.
  • Adria, Marco. "Arms to communications: Idealist and pragmatist strains of Canadian thought on technology and nationalism," pp. 167-194. The article examines the Canadian debate over the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis as a model that highlighted the conflict over importing foreign technology versus maintaining national autonomy and applies that model to the contemporary debate over information and communication technology and national autonomy.
  • Schneider, Barbara. "Narratives of schizophrenia: Constructing a positive identity," pp. 185-201. This article examines the discourse of schizophrenia patients as they negotiate their own sense of identity in the face of negative social stereotypes.
  • d'Haenens, Leen, & Bosman, Jan. "Portrayal of Canada in the Dutch print media," pp. 203-217. This analysis identifies five framing devices in the Dutch portrayal of Canada: conflict, human interest, economic impact, morality, and responsibility.
  • Mitchell, David. "The Alberta SuperNet research alliance," pp. 219-226. This review of broadband connectivity in Alberta examines how the network will affect education, economic development, and cultural identity.
  • Thrift, Samantha. "Who controls Canada's media?" pp. 227-236. This report from the eighth annual conference of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada summarizes the discussions over media ownership and the debate over commercial versus government ownership.

Vol. 29(1)

  • Keren, M. (2004). Blogging and the politics of melancholy. Canadian Journal of Communication, 29, 5-23. Based on the analysis of five years of texts of a "master blogger," this study argues that blogging is associated with "the politics of melancholy," characterized by "preference for virtual reality, formation of a cult-like community, and political passivity" (p. 5).
  • D'Almeida, N. (2004). Les organisations entre récits et médias. Canadian Journal of Communication, 29, 25-46. This study examines the narratives used in organizational communication to unify working groups and the attempts to place them in mainstream media. It outlines the ways in which the competing narratives of the media, corporate interests, and workers find equilibrium.
  • Baltruschat, D. (2004). Television and Canada's Aboriginal communities: Seeking opportunities through traditional storytelling and digital technologies. Canadian Journal of Communication, 29, 47-59. A history of the Aboriginal People's Television Network, this article examines trends in production, the origins in storytelling, and the links to global modes of production.
  • Hathaway, A. D. & Erickson, P. G. (2004). A tale of two stimulants: An analysis of newspaper coverage of cocaine and tobacco in Canada. Canadian Journal of Communication, 29, 61-80. This report on a content analysis (1980s, 1990s, 1998-2002) concludes that there is "a more sophisticated range of perspectives encroaching on the moral-legal distincetions and distortions that mark public discourse on all drugs" (p. 61).

Vol. 28(1)

  • Frost, Catherine. "Applying the Innis Method of Communications Analysis to the Internet." Canadian Journal of Communication, 28 (1), pp.9-24. The author stipulates that the the model that Harold Innis laid down for communication analysis is methodical enough to be applied to a new form of communication media such as the internet to evaluate the its complex impact on the social and political spheres.
  • Hessing, Melody. "The Social Construction of Environmental Issues through Letters to the Editor." Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(1), pp. 25-42. The study examines how the discourse that appears between readers and writers of environmentally relevant articles influences the democratic "agenda-setting" function or ability of the public.
  • Kwansah-Aidoo, Kwamena. "Specific Incidents, Media Coverage, and Agenda-Setting in a Ghanian Context." Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(1), pp. 43-66. The articles examines the previously already explored area of the influence of media and the news stories it produces has an agenda-setting effect with the example of the occurences in Ghana.
  • Tate, M. A. and Allen, V. "Integrating Distinctively Canadian Elements into Television Drama: The Due South Experience." Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(1), pp. 67-83. The author looks at what attributes are present in a characteristically Canadian drama and what obstacles it faces to becoming a relatively successful show to be viewed not only by Canadians, but foreigners as well.
  • Wolfe, Mark. "Mapping the World: Knowledge Management." Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(1), pp. 85-109. The articles endeavors to articulate and conceptualize Knowledge Management and then looks what the current dynamics of this field are and how they relate to the Information Technology field.
  • Brown, Steven D. and Delodder, James. "When is a Creationist not a Creationist? Appreciating the Miracles of Public Opinion Polling." Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(1), pp. 111-119. The brief article reviews how the medium can affect the message, as for example in the public poll administered prior to the 2000 Canadian election where the critical issue of creationism versus evolution was at hand. He urges the public to be more critical of the results and approaches of the public polls, because of the ends they can be used for.

Vol. 28(3)

  • Leydesdorff, Loet. "The Construction and Globalization of the Knowledge Base in Interhuman Communication Systems," Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(3), pp. 267-289. Study deals in a very mathematical way with the communication theory as it applies to its "globalization and the relationship to the "knowledge base." Author promotes strong argument that "interhuman communication takes place at two levels": "incursive" and "recursive."
  • Campos, Milton. "The Progressive Construction of Communication: Toward a Model of Cognitive Networked Communication and Knowledge Communities," Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(3), pp. 291-322. "The paper formulates a model of cognitive networked communication and knowledge communities." Author attempts to show how knowledge advance and vary in the cognitive level and how communities are structured by "logos" "ethos" and "pathos" (cognitive procedures, emotions and cultural values respectively).
  • Caroline J. O'Connell and Albert J. Mills. "Making Sense of Bad News: The Media, Sensemaking, and Organizational Crisis,"Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(3), pp. 323-339. The paper delves into the area of the media's apparent partial treatment of information to downplay the fault of organizational and "corporate culpability" in stories of tragedy and human death.
  • Bernier, Marc-Francois. "L'ombudsman francais de la Society Radio-Canada: un modele d'imputabilite de l'information" Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(3), pp.341-357. Article first endeavors to "better define the concept of journalistic accountability" and its history and then reviews the accomplishments and progress of the Office of the Ombudsman created in 1992 by the French network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

This issue of the journal (Vol. 27(4), 2002) publishes the papers from a national conference (October 29-31, 2001) on the “Information deficit: Canadian solutions.” The conference, which addressed Canadian implementation and use of the Internet and other information technologies, drew scholars, politicians, and practitioners from across Canada. According to David Mitchell and Frits Pannekoek, the issue editors, “Recent studies have registered the notion that Canada might be experiencing an information deficit in terms of Internet-based content. It is widely acknowledged that as Internet adoption rates increase, Canadians need ready access to their own distinctive and authoritative materials.”

Plenary presentations mark out the key themes:

  • Laurier LaPierre (The Senate of Canada), “Issues” (pp. 407-413);
  • Raja Khanna (Snap Media), “Creation” (pp. 415-421); Marie Pinsonneault (Radio-Canada), “Use” (pp. 423-428);
  • Paul Hoffert (Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund), “Action” (pp. 429-437).

Papers include

  • Jennifer Bol, “Spinning a legal web: The impact of the Internet on Canadian law” (pp. 439-446);
  • Jeff Dayton-Johnson, “The economics of cultural policy in the Internet age” (pp. 447-452);
  • Victoria Dickenson, “Canadian content: The authorized version” (pp. 453-459);
  • Two reports provide an overview of the state of the Internet in Canada:

    • David Crowley, “Where are we now? Contours of the Internet in Canada” (pp. 469-507)
    • Janice Dickin, Claude Martin, David Mitchell, Frits Pannekoek, and Paul Bernard, “The Internet as a site of citizenship: The final report of the information deficit: Canadian solutions conference” (pp. 509-534).