A graduate from Concordia’s Communication Studies program, Bailly-Stetson had already worked on art projects as a student that used interviewing to interrogate environmental topics. For example, her Uncertain Futures project, for which she won a Concordia grant, focused on asking students how they feel the climate crisis in their bodies, and the tools they use to process eco-anxiety.
She adds that Montreal and Concordia have really become her creative community, especially given that she emigrated from Australia for her studies. She highlights that Concordia's Acts of Listening Lab, where she worked for a summer, was a place for her to research the ethics of story collecting.
As a second part of her engagement with CJLO, Bailly-Stetson was also invited to create the first of a series of three workshops for Concordia journalism and communications students. “CJLO gave me full range for the focus. They told me, ‘We need young people to get excited about reporting on the climate crisis in a different way,’” says Bailly-Stetson.
She decided to focus on how journalism is rooted in a colonial narrative and the problems of objectivity. Reaching out to journalists across Canada, Bailly-Stetson took pride in securing CBC journalist Duncan McCue, currently on a Massey College journalism fellowship, to facilitate the Zoom session.
As for her career moving forward, Bailly-Stetson says that she would be thrilled to continue down this path. “If I can still collect sound and if I'm still learning how to use interviews for social change, I'll have made it,” she says. “Interviewing makes me feel like I'm being let into someone else's life. There's a lot of trust.”