Selected Previous Research

Comparative Analysis of Canadian Media Coverage as it Pertains to Different Faith Groups in Canada.

This study provides a comprehensive literature review of the existing research on Canadian media coverage of faith groups through the available, previously-conducted research (academic, polls, media releases, etc.), in the form of quantitative results (e.g., statistics, percentages) and qualitative findings (e.g., syntheses, categorizations). It focuses on media depictions of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs. Statistics project that the Canadian population of non-Christian denominations is constantly increasing. The ability of these citizens to engage with fellow Canadians and fully participate in society is influenced by how they are portrayed in mainstream media, and resulting attitudes about such portrayals. Canadian media portrayals of various religions and faith groups have played an influential role in public perceptions of these faith groups in Canada. The media also play a crucial role in shaping debate about the role of religion in the public sphere, a growing consideration in the development of government policy.


Review of Evidence about Community Perceptions of National Security in Canada.

This research project provides a literature review of the existing research on perceptions of Canadians with various cultural backgrounds regarding issues of national security, terrorism, and government policies. Specifically, this review focuses on two points: how attitudes, opinions, and behaviours of Canadians of various ethnicities have been affected by events and media coverage related to terrorism; and how attitudes, opinions, and behaviours of Canadians of various ethnicities have been affected by national security measures in Canada. To help contextualize and compare these perceptions, this review goes into further depth on what is known about perceptions in two Canadian minority communities--Arabs and Muslims--alongside the majority populations. Research shows these minority groups have been the most affected by media coverage of terrorism and national security measures and government policies. It also discusses perceptions of major terror events; mainly, the Air India bombing, the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) crisis, the listing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization, Project Thread, the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on United States (9/11), and the 2006 Toronto terrorism case.

Research on Settlement Programming through the Canadian Media.

This research project has aimed to assist Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) make informed decisions in undertaking new pilot projects for the delivery of settlement programming through the media. There are specific sets of information that immigrants need for settling, adapting and integrating into Canadian society with the purpose of becoming self-reliant and full participants in the economic, social, political and cultural dimensions of Canadian life. The research project has examined the settlement-related content appearing in different types of mainstream and ethnic media in Ontario, identified the gaps in the delivery of settlement media content and provided recommendations to the CIC. The research has revealed numerous problems with accessibility that are due to the design of information systems, language, culture, literacy, technology, interactivity, and dissemination. Qualitative and quantitative data collected in this project has uncovered concerns about information being unreliable with respect to its trustworthiness, veracity, completeness, source, continued availability and timeliness.


CBC's Depiction of Canadian Diversity.

This 3-year quantitative and qualitative content analysis study of CBC Television's and's depiction of Canadian diversity has aimed to enable CBC employees and the personnel of production companies, whose material is broadcast by the CBC, to gain better understanding of how to improve the depiction of Canadian diversity.

Muslim Scholarship in Canada, the US and the UK.

This research project aimed to study responses in Canadian, American and British Muslim communities to the work of diasporic Muslim intellectuals and the possible emergence of a transnational diasporic reform agenda outside traditional Muslim lands. The project has addressed the possible emergence of an intellectual movement that could have an impact on Muslim and Western societies.

The Ethical Role of Media Professionals in Promoting Awareness of Women’s Breast Cancer in Venezuela.

This research project aims to enhance ethical communication, provide sustainable understanding, and facilitate effective dialogue among journalists, healthcare professionals, advocates, and survivors, regarding the challenges and opportunities in the fight against breast cancer in Venezuela. It attempts to identify any barriers that might exist within the ever-changing context of healthcare interactions between the media and healthcare sources of information. Building upon findings from the first and second phases of this research program, the project focuses on early breast cancer detection and treatment by covering topics including media ethical principles and standards in health communication, the understanding of health communication and how to deal with breast cancer in an ethical manner, the empowerment of journalists, physicians and patients, and articulating common goals between groups. Ultimately, the project serves a key function in facilitating the education and effective communication between media professionals, healthcare providers, patients, and activists within the context of a changing healthcare communication environment.


Mahmoud Eid, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Communication
Faculty of Arts
University of Ottawa

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