MediaSmarts Bloggers

Our MediaSmarts bloggers bring you their perspectives on current media topics that matter to teachers, parents, consumers – everyone trying to keep up with the crazy pace of today’s evolving media world.

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Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson, Director of Education

Matthew Johnson took a long and winding road to get to MediaSmarts, but somehow every step has come in handy for his work here. After getting a degree in theatre (where he learned how to do the pirate voices for Privacy Pirates, as well as the many other voices he’s done for our games) he divided the next decade and a half between writing scripts, stories, novels and non-fiction articles and spending ten years as a high school teacher. He’s been writing for the Talk Media Blog since 2008 on a wide variety of topics including cyberbullying, copyright, politics and social media and princess mania.

Matthew also maintains a personal blog, Irregular Verbs, and a Twitter feed, both of which are mostly about his science fiction and fantasy writing. Along with his work for MediaSmarts he’s also published novels and short stories that have been translated into Russian, Danish and Czech. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Megan and their sons Leo and Miles.

Thierry Plante

Thierry Plante, Media Education Specialist

As MediaSmarts’ Media Education Specialist, Thierry researches and creates bilingual digital and media literacy resources for classrooms and homes. While he considers himself lucky to be working for a cause that makes full use of his years of experience as a teacher, editor, programmer, and his two media studies degrees, he suspects that more profound insights about kids and media are about to come now that he is a new dad. Thierry is especially passionate about video games and their potential for education and his graduate work focused on the experience of “presence” in online virtual environments. When he is not geeking out on media and technology, Thierry experiments with chocolate-making (and inevitably eats too much of it).

Lynn Jatani

Lynn Jatania, Media Smarts Parent

Lynn Jatania has been writing online since 1998, when she founded her own online entertainment magazine. She’s been blogging since 2004 and has slowly waded deeper into the social media world, although this whole Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat stuff is still really new and dazzling.

She’s figuring it all out together with her three kids, aged 14, 12 and 9. As the typical suburban family in Ottawa, Ontario, they’re muddling through all the new rules for new technology, learning to change with the times.

As a past columnist for SavvyMom, sweetmama and Capital Parenting Times, she’s well-versed in parenting issues for the younger set. Now it’s time to learn how to parent teens – join her as she puzzles it all out.