By Janice Tibbetts and Trish Audette-Longo, J-Source, Nov. 3, 2023

Matt D’Amours was still in journalism school when his live Twitter coverage of arrests at a Montreal student protest made him a trending topic on the social media site.

The mobile reporter at CBC Montreal attributes some of his subsequent success to that night in 2015, when he was on the ground for The Link, Concordia University’s student newspaper, and captured the attention of media worldwide for his breaking coverage of police and protesters clashing inside Université du Québec à Montréal.

“A big reason why I am in the position that I’m in in the industry is because I made a name for myself on social media when I was a student reporter,” says D’Amours, who is now teaching a social media course for the first time this fall at his alma mater.

But the social media landscape is very different than it was eight years ago. D’Amours finds himself back in the classroom at a time when journalism educators across Canada are rethinking their course content and soul searching about journalism’s reliance on powerful tech giants such Facebook and X, the site formerly known as Twitter.

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