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History on the Run: The Media and the '79 Election

History on the Run: The Media and the '79 Election

| 56 min

This documentary examines the media's coverage of the federal election of May 1979. Filmed over a 3-week period, it takes a fascinating look at journalists in action and the politicians who attempt to manipulate the media.

  • director
    Peter Raymont
  • writer
    Peter Raymont
  • narrator
    Peter Raymont
  • producer
    Peter Raymont
    Simon Riley
  • editing
    Peter Raymont
    Simon Riley
  • photography
    Andreas Poulsson
  • sound
    Richard Nichol
  • sound editing
    Daniel Dutka
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl


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Ages 13 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Civics/Citizenship - Federal/Provincial Government
History - Canada 1946-1991
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Journalism/News

Warnings: Some swear words

Before watching the documentary, briefly research Canada in the late 1970s. What are some of the key issues (social, economic, political)? What causes are given for Pierre Trudeau’s election loss and Joe Clark’s victory in the 1979 election? Review the Concepts of Political Thinking. Select one point from each of the concepts and respond using this election as an example. Describe the different approaches to the election used by the reporters who were spotlighted in the documentary. Collect examples of how the media covered the election (e.g., “touch analysis”). This documentary overwhelmingly features the voices of white men; research the perspectives held by other people in Canada to this election. Compare and contrast this election coverage (featuring the television) and a more recent domestic or international election. Compare and contrast the role of the television and the newspaper in the election coverage featured in this documentary.

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