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What on Earth is Going on? is a podcast for the curious, where small talk is banned and tangents are prized. Strap yourself in for genuine dialogues with people who think deeply and are ready to tackle the big questions, such as broadcaster Terry O'Reilly, economist Miles Corak and journalist Jessica Vomiero.

Join Ben Charland to peel back the headlines and ask, what are the forces, people and ideas that shape the human story today? Have things always been this nuts, or are they getting crazier by the day? From the Mafia to the Beaverton, from women in politics to women in leadership, from history to artificial intelligence, and from entrepreneurship in the digital age to the art of wheelchair fencing, just what on Earth is going on?

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Apr 5, 2019

If there is one industry that exemplifies the extraordinary disruption and change we have undergone over the past couple decades, it might just be the news. The way we produce, deliver and receive the news is changing fast, and social media is just one of many forces that upends this cornerstone of democracy. How can journalists and newsmakers compete?

Joining Ben is Jessica Vomiero, National Online Journalist for Global News, who is also studying "media disruption" at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Read the blog post for this episode.

Sources and Links

Here are a few sources mentioned in this conversation:

JSource: J-Source/ProjetJ is a publication of the Canadian Journalism Project, a venture led by the journalism programs at Ryerson University and Carleton University and supported by the post-secondary journalism programs at member institutions of J- Schools Canada/EcolesJ (j-schoolscanada.ca) as well as by a group of donors.

Niemen Lab, Harvard University: The Nieman Journalism Lab is an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.

About the Guest

Jessica is a National Online Journalist with GlobalNews.ca.

Jessica has been a journalist since the age of 15, when she talked the editors of a local paper into giving her a monthly column. Since then, her work has been seen in outlets like TechVibes, MobileSyrup, the Financial Post and CBC Radio, among others. In 2017, she graduated from the Ryerson School of Journalism, where she specialized in multimedia journalism.

She’s worked in a wide variety of digital mediums and most recently spearheaded the Business section for Canada’s largest technology news site, MobileSyrup.com. During her time there, she wrote often about Canada’s innovation policy, the changing face of Canadian transportation through ride sharing and autonomous cars, and the relationship between digital streaming and Canadian content.

She’s interested in technology, entrepreneurship, politics, and the different forces at work in the market today.

Learn more about Jess or follow her on Twitter (@JessicaVomiero).