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Jim McLean, PhD

Associate Professor, Journalism

Jim McLean, PhD
Availability: On sabbatical from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Previously worked in television and radio news, current affairs, and documentaries as, variously, an executive producer, producer, and news director for CBC Television (Saskatchewan), CTV (Saskatchewan), CKX Radio and Television (Manitoba) and CJDC Radio and Television (British Columbia).


PhD, Communication Studies, Concordia University
MA, Journalism, University of Western Ontario
BFA, Printmaking and Art History, University of Regina
BA, English and History, University of Western Ontario

Areas of research interest

Strategic political communication, sociology of news, field theory, technology and visual culture, public sphere theory, press clubs in Canada, entrepreneurship, journalism, and the web.

Courses taught

JOUR 601 – Foundations of Journalistic Thought I
JOUR 444 – Critical Approaches to Journalism

JOUR 532 – Broadcast Public Affairs (Documentary)

Selected publications

Books / Chapters

McLean, James S. (2012 Forthcoming). Inside the NDP War Room: Competing for Credibility in a Federal Election. McGill-Queen's University Press.

Gérin, Annie and James S. McLean (Eds.). (2009). Public Art in Canada: Critical Perspectives. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

McLean, James S. (2009). The Public Part of Public Art: Technology and the Art of Public Communication. In Annie Gérin and James S. McLean Public Art in Canada: Critical Perspectives (pp. 490-514). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Refereed articles

McLean, James S. (2005). When Head Office Was Upstairs: How Corporate Concentration Changed a Television Newsroom. Canadian Journal of Communication, (30)3, 325-342.

Reviews and non-refereed articles

McLean, James S. (2009). PM Harper wanted Parliamentary budget officer Page, but he didn’t expect a renegade. The Hill Times. (989) May 5, 1 and 24-25.

McLean, James S. (2008). The Messenger is the Message. Policy Options, (29)10, 12-17. 

McLean, James S. (2003). Review of MediaThink by James Winter. Canadian Journal of Communication, 28(4), 489-492.

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