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Previously worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor for the Cobourg Star, Port Hope Evening Guide, Delta Optimist, Richmond Review, The Columbian and The Province.
Courses Taught 2014-15
JOUR 500 - Perspectives on Contemporary Media
JOUR 640 - Textual Approaches to Journalism
Areas of Research Interest
News geography, issues of media representation, health reporting, political economy, journalism education
The Geography of News Project
This on-going research project, which has received funding from Concordia University (2000-2003), le Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (2002-2005) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2004-2007, 2008-2011, 2011-2014) treats journalism as a practice of cartography. The research is concerned with the regional, national and international circulation of news, and how the circulation of news is related to forms of audience address. How, in other words, do news stories situate their audiences in the world? Its current research focus, in a collaboration with Dr. Greg Nielsen of Concordia's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies, is on journalism as a medium of exclusion. We are analyzing a range of news texts concerning poverty and immigration from daily newspapers in North America and Europe, guided by the following research questions: Who is the implied audience for these texts? Who is excluded from that implied audience? And, how is the implied audience situated vis-à-vis the subject matter of the news texts. The following have worked as student research assistants on the project: Craig Anderson, Karen Biskin, Pina Boggia, Melissa Boyd, Linda Charbonneau, Michael Craig, Haluk Dag, Zach Devereaux, Amayele Dia, Matthew Forsyth, Sandra Gabriele, James Gibbons, Philippe Gohier, Simon Halpin, Desirée Hostettler, Maya Johnson, Reisa Klein, Andreea Mandache, Mircea Mandache, Anna Meshcherova, Michelle Richardson, Gyde Shepherd, Tina Silverstein, Martin Stoch, Stephany Tlalka, Amanda Weightman, Eric Weissman and Michael Willcock.
Gasher, Mike. (2014, forthcoming). Geographies of the News. Mediated Geographies/Geographies of Media (Susan Mains, Julie Cupples & Chris Lukinbeal, eds.). New York: Springer.
Gasher, Mike. (2013). Media Convergence. The Canadian Encyclopedia. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/media-convergence/