The journalist Justin McElroy, writer and producer at Global BC, talks to Joseph Planta about the federal election campaign, the leadership change at UBC, journalism, the future of media, and Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
I often have guests on the program that lament the state of journalism nowadays. Usually they’re veterans of the business who say it ain’t what it used to be. While I like waxing nostalgic here, there are some terrific young journalists in this town doing remarkable work. Justin McElroy is one of them, and he joins me now. I’m not going to burden my guest now with some of the terrific things people have told me about him. But people within the field of journalism in this town have had a lot of nice things to say about him. He is a writer and web producer over at Global BC. His keen interest in getting the news right, and history make him an ideal guest to talk to. He was coordinating editor for The Ubyssey, where he is a graduate. He’s worked for NBC, as well as Maclean’s, and The Province. I’ll get him to tell us about his work over at Global, as well as his views on journalism, and media consumption. We’ll also get into the current federal election campaign, as well as the happenings over at UBC, where a change in the senior leadership occurred over the summer. www.justinmcelroy.com  is his own website’s address. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in person today, Justin McElroy; Mr. McElroy, good morning.