‘Arctic in Transition’ – Role of Media (Part 2)


Université du Québec à Montréal

Montreal, Quebec

And while on the theme of the media and Arctic coverage.

Arctic expert Rob Huebert observed this morning that Russia’s 2007 flag planting in the North Pole generated much media coverage and discussion about Russia challenging Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic.

He contrasted this with 2009 events when two Russian bomber planes flew near Canadian Arctic airspace. He suggested that the 2009 events were a much more serious challenge from Russia but that because there’s no extensive footage of the events for TV, the event has dropped of the radar and is seldom revisited in the media.

Meanwhile he said, the media dwells on the flag planting incident  when discussing Russia’s ambitious in the North, even through it’s a much less serious event.

Lots of people nodding around me after Huebert finished.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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