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‘We’re not 100 per cent sure who’s framing the discussion anymore’: the evolving role of media in election coverage

By Mike Lapointe       

The internet and social media are breaking down the traditional ‘gatekeeper’ role of media in campaigns, says Carleton journalism professor Paul Adams.

Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer scrums with reporters after the Maclean's CityTV leaders' debate in Toronto on Sep. 12, 2019. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With social media playing such a significant role in the federal election campaign, it was unclear whether it was political parties or the media who were responsible for framing the elusive “ballot-box question,” media critics say.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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