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Raphaël Dallaire-Ferland July 7, 2012
In a report published this week, Influence Communication analyzed 396 front pages of Montreal’s four commercial dailies —La Presse, Le Devoir, Le Journal de Montréal and The Gazette.
The period covered extends from February 15, when strike votes first started attracting major media attention, up to June 9, 2012, more than one week after the failure of negotiations between minister Michelle Courchesne and the student leaders.
While the conflict made the front pages of Le Devoir, La Presse and The Gazette in similar proportions (approximately 73.5% of front pages), Le Journal de Montréal gave it less attention, allocating 42% of front-page coverage. Le Devoir had the highest ratio of top headlines (stories given the most space) devoted to the student movement, occupying 43.88% of the total of its front pages.
Fabienne Vinet April 24, 2012
The movement against the increase in tuition fees has lasted over two months. One day after the first meeting between the government and student associations, what thread can we trace about media coverage of the conflict? Has it been fair?
This was the question asked last Thursday (April 19, 2012) by Mike Finnerty, host of the Montreal radio show Daybreak on CBC, during the opening round table of the Strategies for Journalism forum.
To begin, Judy Rebick, a writer and founder of the online magazine Rabble.ca, emphasized that the student strike in Quebec received very little coverage in English Canada until there started to be acts of violence. This shortcoming was also addressed by Kai Nagata, a past host of Radio Canada who is today a resident of British Colombia and a journalist for the online magazine The Tyee. According to him, the debate about tuition fees is presented as a duel, whereas the question is much more complex. “The media present the strike as a generational conflict, as a fight between right and left, which polarizes peoples’ thoughts. But there are other ways to present it.”