Research Fellowship, Policy Impact of Research in News Media

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2020

Type: Research Fellowship (Part-time; Postdoctoral or PhD fellowship)
Start date: Flexible
Duration: 12 months
Salary: Commensurate with experience, skills.
Reports to: Dr. Elizabeth Dubois and Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau


Fellowship Description

We are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Doctoral or Postdoctoral Fellow to pursue an innovative research program focused on the policy impacts of academic explanatory journalism.

The successful candidate will be supervised throughout the fellowship by Dr. Elizabeth Dubois and Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau as part of the Global Journalism Innovation Lab.

We are particularly interested in candidates with:

  • Knowledge of theories and concepts from media studies, journalism studies, information studies, and policy-related fields;
  • Experience conducting content analysis (both manual and automated), policy analysis, and/or interviews;
  • A background in/knowledge of the Canadian policy landscape and/or the Canadian journalism landscape.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their ability to coordinate a project, work with a team, and conduct high-quality research.


About the Project

The Research Fellow will join the research team of Dr. Elizabeth Dubois and Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, as part of the Global Journalism Innovation Lab, a strategic $2.5 Million Partnership funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Led by Dr. Alfred Hermida and Dr. Mary Lynn Young at the University of British Columbia School of Journalism, and with hubs across Canada and internationally, the Global Journalism Innovation Lab focuses on explanatory journalism that seeks to provide evidence-based information and perspectives to inform public dialogue and policy action. It investigates how experimental digital journalism forms can impact civic engagement and policy uptake in partnership with The Conversation Canada, and the network of affiliates in Australia, France, the U.K. and the U.S.

As part of the international research effort, Dr. Dubois and Dr. Martin-Bariteau lead a project examining the policy impacts of explanatory journalism by academics. They examine public-facing news and opinion articles written by academics and trace their use and impact in policy-making processes. They are combining manual and automated text analysis with interviews and focus groups with policy makers.


Position Requirements

  • Degree in communication, media studies, journalism studies, information studies, political science, or policy-related fields.
  • Research experience, preferably with content analysis, interviews/focus groups, and/or policy analysis.
  • English proficiency.


Additionally, the following skills will be considered as assets:

  • Bilingualism (English and French).
  • Scholarship on the relevant topics.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of the Canadian policy and/or journalism landscapes.
  • Experience with knowledge mobilization.


If the start date for this position is affected either by the candidate being under COVID-19-related travel restrictions or the campus being closed, remote working options can be negotiated.


How to apply


Please send your application package to


The application package should include:

  • a cover letter,
  • a complete curriculum vitae,
  • a one-page (max.) description of research interests relevant for this position.


The selection committee will start to review applications on November 23. Applications will be considered until a successful candidate is found. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

The cover letter must indicate the level of proficiency in English and French.


The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous People, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

In keeping with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the University of Ottawa will provide accommodations upon request during the recruitment, selection, and assessment process for candidates with a disability.


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