Jennifer Leask is an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media. She started her public broadcasting career in Regina as a radio news reporter and went on to work producing television news and current affairs in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. Later, she was one of the first multimedia journalists in the Vancouver bureau, piloting the network’s first “citizen journalism” initiative, and writing for online platforms while also producing stories for radio and television.
As a network news and current affairs producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she specialized in field production and special programming (The National), investigative consumer affairs and health reporting (Marketplace), as well as breaking news and feature interviews (News Now with Ian Hanomansing). She has produced stories from locations across Canada and the US.
Jennifer left the CBC to pursue an academic career and completed a Master of Arts in Communication and Technology at the University of Alberta. Her MA capstone project explored data journalism education in Canada.
Her research interests include an exploration of types of collaborative journalism, shifting journalism norms and how those values are taught in the classroom, as well as solutions-based journalism.
McLuhan Graduate Student Award, recognizing excellence in research, 2017
Jack Webster Award for Best Radio Reporting of the Year, 2009