Introducing the Team: Emma Fackenthall, research assistant

Hi, my name is Emma (she/her). I am a third-year undergraduate student at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick double majoring in Environment & Society and English Language and Literature and double minoring in History and Criminology & Criminal Justice. I have been working on the CEDAR project since September 2023 on Study 1: Media Analysis with Dr. Susan O’Donnell, Dr. Janice Harvey, and fellow research assistant Erin Hurley. In the winter of 2023, I was also a Research Assistant for the Plutonium Project led by Dr. O’Donnell and Dr. Harvey.

My work on Study 1 so far has consisted mainly of article coding. Erin and I have been coding articles from the NB Telegraph-Journal for dominant voices, media types, and energy technologies discussed. Once done with those articles, I started to code articles from the NB Media Co-op in the same way, and I am now attempting to do the same with the French newspaper Acadie-Nouvelle. Étant bilingue, je peux travailler sur ce projet aussi bien en français qu’en anglais !

The plan is to compare 54 articles discussing nuclear technologies from the NBTJ, NB Media Co-op, and the Acadie-Nouvelle to see what ideas and voices are the most dominant in each. This data will be used to write a scholarly article on hegemonic and counter-hegemonic nuclear energy discourses in New Brunswick media.

That’s a little about me and what I do! When I am not working on this project or in school, I like to write, bake, hike, garden, camp, kayak, and read.