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Prof. Marc Edge
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Prof. Marc Edge PhD (Ohio) MLIR (Mich. St.) BA (Simon Fraser) PGDHE (NIE)

Office: Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, Room 604


Marc Edge was a newspaper journalist for twenty years in his native Canada and has since taught the subject at universities in five countries. He has written five books and more than fifteen peer-reviewed academic journal articles. He began his career as a student sports journalist at the Vancouver Province newspaper while studying for his B.A. in Commerce at Simon Fraser University. He took his first full-time job in 1977 as a sub-editor with the Calgary Herald, rising to the position of Financial Pages Editor, responsible for editing copy and photographs, designing pages, and writing headlines for the Business and Resources section. He then took a position in 1979 in the business section of the Vancouver Province, where he was a sub-editor and Real Estate Reporter. He later moved into news, taking positions as Assistant City Editor, Education Reporter, and Science Writer at the Province. In 1982, Marc took a leave of absence to complete a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations degree at Michigan State University. In 1983, he was appointed Supreme Court Reporter at the Province, a position he held until accepting an offer of voluntary redundancy in 1993. While he was a working journalist, Marc was also an active freelance writer for publications such as the Real Estate Investor, Public EYE, and Sports Page. He was a Contributing Writer for Hockey magazine from 1978-1982, and was twice Editor of Hashmarks, the newspaper of the B.C. Lions football team. He was also a writer and columnist for the Canadian Bar Association’s magazine The National from 1994-95 and 2000-01.

Marc fulfilled a long-time dream in the mid-1990s by sailing to the South Pacific and back aboard his 13-metre ketch Markenurh (a native Indian word meaning killer whale). He left his boat in Hawaii in 1997 and enrolled in the PhD program in Mass Communication in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, where he taught News Writing as a Graduate Teaching Associate. He sailed home to Vancouver in 1999 and wrote his dissertation, which was a history of the city’s newspapers. It won the Doctoral Dissertation Award of the American Journalism Historians Association and was published by New Star Books in 2001 as Pacific Press: The Unauthorized Story of Vancouver’s Newspaper Monopoly. Marc taught a course on the newspaper industry in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in 2000, and the following year he took his first full-time academic appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. While there, he took a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education at the National Institute of Education. He wrote his second book, Red Line, Blue Line, Bottom Line, on the labor economics of ice hockey in 2004. 

Marc spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas Arlington in 2004-05 before teaching in the School of Journalism at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. His third book, Asper Nation: Canada’s Most Dangerous Media Company, was published by New Star Books in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Gertrude Robinson Book Prize of the Canadian Communication Association. Marc spent 2007-11 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He took a position in 2011 as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Journalism in the School of Language, Arts and Media at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. He also served as Acting Head of School for the first half of 2012 and organized a two-day symposium on Media and Democracy in the South Pacific that September. Marc’s advocacy for press freedom and his critical analysis of the government’s repressive media policies drew the ire of the military dictatorship that then ruled the country, however, and he was forced to leave Fiji at the end of 2012. 

Marc was named in 2014 as the Roger Tatarian Endowed Faculty Scholar in Journalism in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University, Fresno, where he organized a symposium on Journalism and Climate Change. His fourth book, Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth of the Death of Newspapers, was also published that year. Marc took a position as Professor of Media and Communication at University Canada West in Vancouver in 2015. His fifth book, The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape, was published in late 2016. It was longlisted for the George Ryga Award, which is presented annually to a British Columbia writer who has achieved “an outstanding degree of social awareness in a new book.”

Marc accepted an appointment in 2017 as an Associate Professor of Media and Communications in the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta, where he teaches courses in Journalism. He has a website at, where you can find links to his books and academic research, as well as to tales and pictures of his sailing adventures. He has an active online presence as a writer on media issues since 2006 for the Vancouver-based website The Tyee and as a blogger with the popular Fiji Media Wars and blogs dedicated to his two latest books.

Research Interest

  • Journalism
  • Media Management and Economics
  • Media History
  • International Communication
  • Canadian Media
  • Journalism Education


List of Publications


Edge, M. (2016). The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape. Vancouver: New Star Books. 

Edge, M. (2014). Greatly Exaggerated: The Myth of the Death of Newspapers. Vancouver: New Star Books. 

Edge, M. (2007). Asper Nation: Canada’s Most Dangerous Media Company. Vancouver: New Star Books.

Edge, M. (2004). Red Line, Blue Line, Bottom Line: How Push Came to Shove Between the National Hockey League and its Players. Vancouver: New Star Books. 

Edge, M. (2001). Pacific Press: The Unauthorized Story of Vancouver’s Newspaper Monopoly. Vancouver: New Star Books.


Book Chapters 

Edge, M. (2009). West Coast Media: Ultra-concentrated Ownership. In M. Howlett, D. Pilon and T. Summerville (Eds.), British Columbia Politics and Government. Toronto: Emond Montgomery.

Edge, M. (2005). The Pain of the Obdurate Rump: Conrad Black and the Flouting of Corporate Governance. In R.G. Picard (Ed.), Corporate Governance of Media Companies. Jönköping, Sweden: Jönköping International Business School.

Edge, M. (2000). And The Wall Came Tumbling Down in Los Angeles. In J. Bernt and M. Greenwald (Eds.), The Big Chill: Investigative Reporting in the Current Media Environment. Ames: Iowa State University Press. 


Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed) 

Edge, M. (2017). “News as Hazardous Waste: Postmedia, the Competition Bureau, and the Supreme Court of Canada.” Forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Communication.

Edge, M. (2016). “Financialization of Canadian media.” Forthcoming in the AthensJournal of Mass Media and Communications.

Edge, M. (2016). “The never-ending story: Postmedia, press concentration, and the Competition Bureau.” Canadian Journal of Media Studies, Spring/Summer.

Edge, M. (2014). Not dead yet: Newspaper company annual reports show chains still profitable. Newspaper Research Journal. Fall.

Edge, M. (2014). Singapore-style press control? Not in Fiji. International Communication Gazette. April.

Edge, M. (2013). CRTC, no longer for sale? Astral Media ruling reverses rising tide of ownership concentration. Canadian Journal of Media Studies. June.

Edge, M. (2013). Public benefits or private? The case of the Canadian Media Research Consortium. Canadian Journal of Communication. Winter.

Edge, M. (2011). Convergence after the collapse: The ‘catastrophic’ case of Canada. Media, Culture & Society, November.

Edge, M. (2011). An accidental success story: The forced diversification of Quebecor Media. Journal of Media Business Studies, Fall.

Edge, M. (2009). How the Camel Got in the Tent: The 1990s Canadian Assault on Australia’s Foreign Media Ownership Limits. Media International Australia, August.

Edge, M. (2009). Thwarting Foreign Ownership Limits: CanWest Global Communications and Policy Activism in Canada and Australia. Canadian Journal of Media Studies, July.

Edge, M. (2007). Convergence and the ‘Black News Hole’: Canadian Newspaper Coverage of the 2003 LincolnReport. Canadian Journal of Media Studies, April.

Edge, M. & Hardt, K. (2006). Doing it For Themselves: Striking Newsworkers Publish the Castlegar Citizen, 2000-2005. Canadian Journal of Communication, Fall.

Edge, M. (2004). Pie Sharing or Food Fight? The Impact of Regulatory Changes on Media Market Competition in Singapore.International Journal on Media Management, Fall/Winter.

Edge, M. (2004). Balancing Academic and Corporate Interests in Canadian Journalism Education. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Summer.

Edge, M. (2004). The Failure of Project Eyeball: A Case of Product Overpricing or Market Overcrowding? International Journal on Media Management, Spring/Summer.

Edge, M. (2003). The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Financial Markets and the Demise of Canada’s Southam Newspapers. International Journal on Media Management, Winter.

Edge, M. (2002). The Press We Deserve: A Legacy of Unheeded Warnings. Textual Studies in Canada, Fall. 

Last Updated: 5 October 2017

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