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Calyn Shaw (Alumni)

Calyn Shaw


I completed my Master’s of Journalism at UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. My specialization was reporting on climate change. My MJ work included an investigation of hydraulic fracturing in northeastern British Columbia. I was looking at the impacts of unconventional natural gas extraction on people in local communities, and the implications for the province’s climate action objectives.

Prior to studying at UBC I received an MA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and a BA in Political Science from the University of Victoria. I augmented my studies with working in Africa, where I began to develop an affinity for writing and storytelling. It wasn’t until I returned to Canada following my graduate studies in the UK that I began working on issues of climate change. I worked as a climate policy researcher at the ISIS Research Centre at UBC’s Sauder School of Business in 2009/2010. It was during my time at ISIS that I developed the foundational knowledge about climate policy that has propelled me through my graduate studies in journalism.

I made communicating issues of climate change the focus of my journalism work at UBC because it is an area of great failure. The dissemination of false and misleading information about climate change has allowed the development and entrenchment of an ignorant and harmful culture of climate denial. Climate change mitigation requires focused collection action. Efforts to build consensus and drive action have been undermined by special interests, which have, using the media, been able to create uncertainty and stall action.

I believe programs like TerreWEB are crucial to overcoming the misinformation being propagated about climate change. The program is the perfect forum for collaboration and interdisciplinary learning around communicating issues of climate science.


Senior Writer of CBC News Network since 2012.

I completed my Master’s of Journalism at UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012.


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