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Mike Gasher, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Journalism


Previously worked as a reporter, copy editor and editor for the Cobourg Star, Port Hope Evening Guide, Delta Optimist, Richmond Review, The Columbian and The Province.


BA Canadian Studies and French, Simon Fraser University
MA Communication, Simon Fraser University
PhD Communication Studies, Concordia University

Areas of research interest

News geography, issues of media representation, political economy, journalism education

Courses taught


The Geography of News project

This research project, which has received funding from Concordia University (2000-2003), le Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (2002-2005) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2004-2007, 2008-2011, 2011-2014) treats journalism as a practice of cartography. The research is concerned with the regional, national and international circulation of news, and questions of audience address. Its overarching question asks how news stories situate their audiences within their communities and within the world at large? A current research focus, in a collaboration with Dr. Greg Nielsen and Dr. Andrea Hunter of Concordia's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies, is the development of inclusive journalism practices. The following have worked as student research assistants on the Geography of News Project: Craig Anderson, Karen Biskin, Pina Boggia, Melissa Boyd, Linda Charbonneau, Michael Craig, Haluk Dag, Zach Devereaux, Amayele Dia, Matthew Forsyth, Sandra Gabriele, James Gibbons, Philippe Gohier, Simon Halpin, Marisol Montufar Hernandez, Desirée Hostettler, Maya Johnson, Reisa Klein, Andreea Mandache, Mircea Mandache, Anna Meshcherova, Michelle Richardson, Gyde Shepherd, Tina Silverstein, Martin Stoch, Stephany Tlalka, Amanda Weightman, Eric Weissman and Michael Willcock.

Selected publications


Gasher, Mike (2021). Maps of the News: Journalism as a Practice of Cartography, Mainz, Germany: Franz Steiner Verlag

Gasher, Mike, David Skinner & Natalie Coulter (2020). Media and Communication in Canada. Networks, Culture, Technology, Audiences. Ninth Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Gasher, Mike (2002). Hollywood North: The Feature-Film Industry in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Edited collections

Gasher, Mike, Colette Brin, Christine Crowther, Gretchen King, Errol Salamon & Simon Thibault (eds). (2016). Journalism in Crisis: Bridging Theory and Practice for Democratic Media Strategies in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Gasher, Mike (2009, March).  The Geography of Journalism. Special volume of Aether: the journal of media geography.

Elmer, Greg, & Mike Gasher (2005). Contracting Out Hollywood: Runaway Productions and Foreign Location Shooting. Boulder, Colo: Rowman & Littlefield.

Skinner, David, James Compton & Mike Gasher (2005). Converging Media, Diverging Politics: Political Economy of News in the United States and Canada. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books.

Book chapters

Gasher, Mike. (2017). Sustaining Spaces, Patrolling Borders: News Coverage of Migrating Peoples. In Peter Berglez, Ulrika Olausson & Mart Ots, eds., What is Sustainable JournalismIntegrating the Environmental, Social and Economic Challengesof Journalism New York: Peter Lang, pp. 181-198.

Nielsen, Greg, Amanda Weightman, James Gibbons & Mike Gasher (2016). Dialogic Journalism: Bringing marginalized communities into the implied audience. In Jan Servaes & Toks Oyedemi, eds., The Praxis of Social Inequality in Media: A Global Perspective. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 21-38.

Gasher, Mike. (2015). Geographies of the News. Mediated Geographies/Geographies of Media (Susan Mains, Julie Cupples & Chris Lukinbeal, eds.). New York: Springer, pp. 127-140.

Gasher, Mike. (2013). Media Convergence. The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Gasher, Mike. (2010). From the Business of Journalism to Journalism as Business: 1990 to the Present.  The New Journalist (eds., Paul Benedetti, Kim Kierans & Tim Currie).  Toronto:  Emond Montgomery Publications, pp. 63-76.

Refereed articles

Gasher, Mike.  (2009, March).  Mapping the On-line News World:  A News-flow Study of Three U.S. DailiesAether: The Journal of Media Geography, Vol. 4, pp. 102-116.

Gasher, Mike & Reisa Klein (2008).  Mapping the Geography of On-line News.  Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 193-211.

Gasher, Mike. (2007, Fall). "Redefining Journalism Education in Canada." Our Schools/Our Selves, Vol 17, No. 2. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, pp. 125-136.

Gasher, Mike, Michael V. Hayes, Ian Ross, Robert A. Hackett, Donald Gutstein & James R. Dunn.  (2007). Spreading the News:  Social Determinants of Health Reportage in Canadian Daily Newspapers, Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 32, pp.557-574.

Hayes, Michael V., Ian E. Ross, Mike Gasher, Donald Gutstein, James R. Dunn & Robert A. Hackett.  (2007). Telling Stories: News Media, Health Literacy and Public Policy in Canada.  Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 64, pp. 1842-1852.

Gasher, Mike.  (2005). It’s Time to Redefine Journalism Education in Canada.  Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 665-672.

Gasher, Mike, & Sandra Gabriele. (2004). Increasing Circulation? A Comparative News-Flow Study of the Montreal Gazette’s Hard-copy and On-line Editions. Journalism Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 311-323

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