Holder of a Ph. D. in information and communication, Marie-Ève Carignan is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication of the University of Sherbrooke and Head of Media Division of the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism. She has extensive professional experience in communications with both small and large organizations, including the Conseil de presse du Québec, where she was a senior analyst and communications manager. Her research focuses mainly on the impact of the media in society, which leads her to focus on journalistic practices, ethics and professional conduct, risk and crisis communication and media content analysis, including coverage of topics related to religion, terrorism and radicalization. Ms. Carignan has collaborated on several collective works and published in national and international journals in communication, journalism and history.
“Better understanding the issues involved in the media coverage of violent extremism by examining the Quebec press’s portrayal of four attacks in which responsibility, for varied reasons, was claimed”
This presentation looks at a project, carried out by the UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair), aimed at expanding our understanding of how the media handles attacks perpetrated by radicalized individuals for a variety of reasons. More specifically, we want to look at how the media discourses on such attacks fit together and to better identify the major ethical challenges faced by journalists who must cover such events. An understanding of this is essential to documenting the potential impacts on the population and to helping journalists improve their handling of such coverage.