Professor O’Hara is developing a science journalism curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate students in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication.
Research and Development
The CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism is a first for Canadian journalism education; it acknowledges the importance of science and technology in our society, and the need for understanding science in relation to journalistic practices and the media. The chair represents landmark changes in media education in Canada as Professor Kathryn O’Hara continues to develop a science journalism stream in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication.
The senior science reporting course includes familiarization with scientific culture, research evaluation, and popularization of science not only for print, but also for radio, TV and the Internet. Under the specialized curriculum students at Carleton will be able to combine an education in the sciences with the mandatory elements of a degree in journalism. CTV provided funding towards the science chair, an initiative led by Carleton alumnus and former CTV Executive Vice-President Trina McQueen. A similar French-language chair was established at Laval University. Both Carleton and Laval will be the first universities in Canada to offer courses and eventually programs dedicated to science journalism. Academic excellence and practical values in science journalism will guide the development of the unique and customized curriculum in the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication.
Professor Kathryn O’Hara has been a faculty member in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University since 2001. She is the first person to hold the School’s CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism, the first such chair of its kind in anglophone Canada. A long-standing broadcast journalist, Professor O’Hara is the former consumer columnist with CBC’s Midday , a former co- anchor of CBC’s Newsday in Ottawa, and the former host of Later the Same Day , CBC Radio Toronto’s “drive-home” program. Her work has also appeared on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks and Ideas programs. Three years before coming to Carleton University, Professor O’Hara was an independent health and science producer for outlets such as RTE and CBC. She serves on the Science and Technology Advisory Boards for Environment Canada and Health Canada and chairs the EC panel on Environment and Health. She is an Associate Professor with the Carleton School of Journalism and Communication.
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