IFL Virtual Series Session 5: Cutting through the Noise: Mastering the Elements of Clear Political Communication

Thursday July 23, 2020
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Recent events and crises around the world have highlighted the importance of good political communication and journalism for a functioning democracy. Now more than ever, citizens are turning to their politicians for information and reassurance. At the same time, they rely on journalists to hold those politicians accountable.

Join journalists Alison Broddle and Elamin Abdelmahmoud as they share their insights on how politicians can effectively communicate across different platforms, and the role that journalists play in strengthening democracy.

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This session is part of the IFL Virtual Series, co-presented by the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University and UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. The IFL Virtual Series brings together political practitioners from the Institute for Future Legislators to share their insights, experience and expertise. Please see the virtual series page for more information on all upcoming events.


Alison Broddle has been a journalist for nearly three decades, covering everything from elections to the Olympics and producing award-winning investigative stories.

She is currently a managing editor of digital content at the CBC, where she has also worked as a reporter, producer and host for a range of TV and radio programs, including The Current.

She has been speaking to participants about the intersection of politics and media at UBC’s IFL for the past six years and is thrilled to be returning to her alma mater, Ryerson (Journalism ’86), to kick off the workshop here.

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is a news curation editor with BuzzFeed News and a columnist for CBC radio’s Q. He appears regularly as a culture and current affairs commentator on CBC News and CTV. His writing has appeared in Maclean’s, Chatelaine and The Guardian. His debut collection of essays, Son of Elsewhere, arrives fall 2020.