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.

Currently he oversees the digital platform of the masthead course at for fourth-year undergraduates and second-year graduate students. He also leads the compulsory second-year digital journalism course.

Previously he was at Transcontinental media where 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 also developed the title’s social media presence and oversaw its inception years. Similarly, he launched the Ryerson School of Journalism into the medium.

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 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.

For about two years 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 won the paid Winnipeg Free Press’ Vince Leah sports reporting internship as a graduate student at Carleton University.

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.

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

English, French