Dr Brooks DeCillia

Dr Brooks DeCillia

PhD Alumni

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Journalism; Canada; Militarisation

About me

Thesis: The politicians, the press and the people: The contested dynamic of framing Canada’s Military Mission in Afghanistan (2017). Read here.

Supervisor: Dr Bart Cammaerts

After the PhD

After completing his PhD, Brooks began researching public attitudes about energy and the environment as a postdoctoral researcher with the University of Calgary.  His research, supervised by Dr. Melanee Thomas, focuses on what leads people to support or oppose the transition to a low-carbon economy.  Brooks also teaches at Mount Royal University.

Brooks also turned his PhD research into a journal article for the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Brooks continues to focus his attention on the nexus of journalism and political communication.

In addition to his scholarship, Brooks continues to do some work as a journalist and public broadcaster.


Journal articles

  • Cammaerts, B., DeCillia, B. and Magalhães, J. (2017). Journalistic transgressions in the representation of Jeremy Corbyn: from watchdog to attackdog. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. 1-21. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84338
  • DeCillia, B. (2017). “But it’s not getting any safer!” The contested dynamic of framing Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 1-23. https://doi-org.gate3.library.lse.ac.uk/ 10.1017/S0008423917000634
  • DeCillia, B., & McCurdy, P. (2016). The Sound of Silence: The absence of public service values in Canadian media discourse about the CBC. Canadian Journal of Communication, 41(2), 547-567. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80089

Encyclopedia entries

  • Cammaerts, B., DeCillia, B. and Zurn, M. (2017). Empowerment, in Patrick Roessler, Cynthia A. Hoffner, Liesbet van Zoonen and Nicole Nadine Podschuweit (eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Wiley, 1-21. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80252

Reports, essays & policy papers

Blog posts / Opinion Pieces

  • DeCillia, B., McCurdy, P. (2016) Viewing the CBC as a pubic good. Policy Options. (November 24). Opinion Piece. http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/november-2016/viewing-the-cbc-as-apublic-good/
  • DeCillia, B. (2016). From “Watchdog” to “Attackdog”: Media depictions of Jeremy Corbyn are an affront to democracy. British Politics and Policy at LSE (July 18). Blog Entry. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71509
  • Cammaerts, B., DeCillia, B., Magalhães, J. and Jiménez-Martínez, C. (2016). When our watchdog becomes a bloodthirsty attackdog, be wary. openDemocracy UK (July 13). Opinion Piece. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67212

Media Analysis

  • DeCillia, B. (2017). Mainstreet to release findings of investigation into 'big polling failures' during Calgary election. CBC News. (December 10). Analysis. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/mainstreetpolling-failures-investigation-calgary- election-1.4441063
  • DeCillia, B. (2017). What if the Flames left Calgary?. CBC News. (October 1). Analysis. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgaryflames-arena-leave-nhl-analysis-1.4314106
  • DeCillia, B. (2015). Liberal’s historic Calgary election is a really big deal. CBC News (October 24). Analysis. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/liberal-federal-election-calgary-analysis- 1.3286569
  • DeCillia, B. (2015). If you think you have this election figured –remember Great Britain. CBC News. (October 18). Analysis. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/if-you-think-you-have-this- election-figuredremember-great-britain-1.3276637
  • DeCillia, B. (2015). Calgary-Foothills byelection: 5 things to watch for. CBC News. (September 3). http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-foothills-byelection-today-1.3213732
  • DeCillia, B. (2015). Polls matter in Alberta – But ideas matter more in Alberta campaign. Huffington Post. (May 1). http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brooks-decillia/alberta-election-_b_7188610.html
  • DeCillia, B. (2015). CBC News cuts: We need more media in Canada, not less. Huffington Post. (May 26). http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brooks-decillia/cbc-cuts-news-calgary-alberta- bc_b_6953002.html

Expertise Details

Journalism; Canada; Militarisation