Research

Here’s an overview of my recent research projects.

Selected Publications

Gillespie, B. (2017). “Media Whining or Democratic Crisis? How Institutional Secrecy is Contextualized in National Newspapers” in Lisa Taylor and Cara-Marie O’Hagan (Eds.), The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Gillespie, B. (2016). “Edna Staebler and the Lives of Women” in Sue Joseph and Richard Lance Keeble (Eds.), Profile Pieces: Journalism and the “Human Interest” Bias. London: Routledge.

Gillespie, B. (2015). “The Works of Edna Staebler: Using Literary Journalism to Celebrate the Lives of Ordinary Canadians.” Literary Journalism Studies, 7(1): 58-75.

Gillespie, B. (Ed.). (2014). A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. Victoria: TouchWood Editions.

Gillespie, B. (2012). “Building Bridges between Literary Journalism and Alternative Ethnographic Forms: Opportunities and Challenges.” Literary Journalism Studies, 4(2): 67-79.

Gillespie, B. (2012). “Clickers in the classroom.” J-Source. The Canadian Journalism Project.

Gillespie, B. (2012). “‘Why’s This So Good?’ No. 29: Andrea Curtis and the rhythm of mercy.” Nieman Storyboard. Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Gillespie, B. and Van Luven, L. (Eds). (2011). Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption. Victoria: TouchWood Editions.

Van Luven, L. and Gillespie, B. (Eds). (2008). Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids. Victoria: TouchWood Editions.

Conference Papers and Presentations

“Best practices for working with journalism students on a national news site.” Toward 2020: New Directions in Journalism Education: Ryerson University, Toronto, May 31, 2014. With Tamara Baluja.

“Personal Writing and Reflection in Journalism Education.” Canadian Communication Association: Brock University, St. Catharines, May 28-30, 2014.

“The Works of Edna Staebler: Using literary journalism to celebrate the lives of ordinary Canadians.” Literary Journalism: Local, Regional, National and Global, The Ninth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies, The American University of Paris, France, May 15-17, 2014.

“The Structure Puzzle: Helping students understand how to organize and structure research for a feature-length story.” Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, August 9-11, 2012.

“Getting to Know You: Who Are Journalism Students?” Canadian Communication Association: University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, May 30-June 1, 2012.

“Building bridges between ethnography and literary journalism.” Literary Journalism: The Power and Promise of Story, the Seventh International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies. Ryerson University, Toronto, May 17-19, 2012.

“Us vs. them: a discourse analysis of reporting about the Harper government and press freedom.” Press Freedom in Canada: A Status Report on the 30th Anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Ryerson University, Toronto, March 8-9, 2012.

“Best practices for teaching feature writing.” Canadian Communication Association: Concordia University, Montreal, June 1-3, 2010.

“Rethinking the journalist-source relationship.” Qualitatives 2010: Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, May 13-15, 2010.

“Developing a critical pedagogy for journalism education.” Canadian Communication Association: Carleton University, Ottawa, June 28-29, 2009.