Futures of Journalism: Truth, Power, and Media | DwD 02.14.18

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We invite participants committed to inquiring together into the Future(s) of Journalism for February DwD. The conversation is structured to elicit progressive proposals to the problematics of three focal questions:

  • How might we create insightful, enterprising, and investigative local journalism?
  • How might we create a more diverse, relevant, and trustworthy journalism?
  • Who holds the power and how can we distribute it evenly and democratize journalism so it can speak truth to power?

It took nearly two decades after the invention of motion camera for cinema to develop its own unique language, and understand the power of montage–the quality that fundamentally changed the function of cinema. In the past decade, the Web has dramatically transformed the media ecology, increasing access to all new media forms, expanding means of distribution, inventing new possibilities, but also disrupting many practices, including journalism. In this fundamental transformation of journalism the question that begs importance is: What will be the montage of journalism? What would give journalism its own language in this new media ecosystem?

In economy of scale, local news faces great financial adversity that really challenges its ability to do insightful investigative journalism. The gap between the interests of communities and the news is growing and the news media needs to find new ways to gain the trust of the communities it reports on–to be able to embrace a diversity that reflects that of different communities. Moreover, the concentration of ownership, the dominance of platform companies particularly Google and Facebook, as well as billionaires involvement in news ecosystem all point to alarming concerns over distribution of power. Therefore, we are investigating the social systems, media theories, and economics of journalism together as a pick-up community in a design action research context,


Facilitated with a modified dialogic design method, this workshop will aim to co-create a generative conversation on futures of journalism. In multidisciplinary teams of news media experts, journalists, systemic and service designers, and policy analysts, the participants will work together to generate and discuss ideas and possible innovations, and to compose structured narratives to codify and represent the idea proposals selected.

Please note that this workshop is part of Mazi’s major research project in the OCADU Strategic Foresight & Innovation Master’s and is designed around exploration of the above mentioned questions. Particpants will be asked to acknowledge informed consent for research engagement.

From this workshop you can expect to:

  • Gain a diverse perspective into different challenges that face Canadian journalism ecosystem
  • Explore emerging functions, business models, and interventions being developed in Journalism
  • Learn new methods and experience a modified approach to dialogic design

Join us if you are interested in exploring emerging future models and criteria for journalism. This workshop will be an interesting opportunity to explore innovative responses to different challenges facing news media.

NOTE: We urge you to register soon to confirm your attendance. The success of this workshop heavily relies on the balance of representation and we would like to ensure participation across the range of perspectives in the industry and discourse.

Register on Eventbrite

Wed February 14, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Lambert Lounge (187)

About the Presenter

Mazi Javidiani is a service designer, and media & technology researcher dedicated to untangling complexities. He is interested in the paradigm shifts in technology and their systemic behavioral, cultural, organizational, and societal effects.

Over the past few years, Mazi has designed complex services for different governments, user experiences for video games such as Jurassic Park™, taught UX design as an adjunct professor at MacEwan University, and worked as a design director in advertising and public relations. His interest in cybernetics and post-structural philosophy led him to Hexagram’s SenseLab, where he investigated autopoietic responsive architecture, and to the Topological Media Lab, where he researched phenomenological approaches to memory. As one of the founders of the Montreal-based art gallery, Studio Beluga, Mazi has programmed, curated, and designed several artist exhibitions and residencies.