Professor Gavin Adamson

Gavin Adamson
Associate Chair
Undergraduate Program Director

Gavin has fused journalism with new media throughout his career and he joined faculty in 2012 after several years as a sessional and part-time instructor.

He has taught in every year of the undergraduate program, including JRN 103, JRN 106, JRN 112, JRN 305 and JRN 502, Business Reporting. He spent many years as instructor for the masthead course at for fourth-year undergraduates and final year grad students.

As a freelancer Gavin co-created several full-length documentaries and shorts for broadcast television in Canada. He wrote, shot and directed a short on mini DV for the CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada in 2004 and was nominated for a Gemini in 2008 for the Global TV documentary, Turner: In His Own Words.

He was senior writer then multimedia centre editor for, a financial services title. There he developed, launched produced and oversaw the content on its online video platform, IE:TV.

He contributed regularly to the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business and several consumer finance magazines including the Canadian Investment Guide and the Money Planner.

He worked at Bloomberg News in its London, Britain, bureau as a multimedia producer covering the French markets and the European central bank.

He began his career with the Ottawa Sun as a general assignment reporter and did a stint at in his hometown at the Winnipeg Free Press, as the Vince Leah sports reporting intern.

He was cinematographer for Impedimento, a full-length Portuguese-language film shot in Brazil that won many International accolades including Best Feature Film at the 2009 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto.

He has an MJ from Carleton University.

Gavin attended early French Immersion school from grades one to nine but admits to a little rust now.

Find him @ga_adamson

Gavin graduated with Bachelors of Arts in English and philosophy from the University of Manitoba (1991) and was involved in graduate studies in English at the U of M before heading to Carleton University where he finished with a Masters in Journalism (1997) with a specialization in broadcast and film documentary.

Online and digital journalism, social media, short documentary

Documentary media, film, multimedia
Digital journalism, social media, story structure
Representation of mental illness in media

Recent publications:

Sharing Recovery Stories: Network gatekeeping of online news about mental illness

Like Reaching for the Pen: Towards a Greater Place for Digital News Video in Newsrooms and Journalism Curricula

Conference Proceedings: Can framing research be translated into innovation in journalism practice?

English, French