Media, students and higher education


Zane Schwartz is a student at the University of Toronto, news editor of The Varsity and one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20.

Along with Maclean’s editor Josh Dehaas, U of T studentSarah Rankin, and student activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Schwartz was a panelist at the Worldviews 2013 conference: Global Trends in Media and Higher Education, hosted by U of T June 19 – 21. (Read more about the conference.)

U of T News asked Schwartz for his thoughts on the conference.

Why did you agree to take part in this conference?

The main topic of our panel was how students are represented in the media. This is something that I’m very interested in.

Students don’t make the news as individuals, only as numbers. Average student debt, rising tuition costs, faculty to student ratio etc. get covered. Statistics don’t lend themselves to accurate representations of today’s university life though, and the coverage gives rise to some persistent themes.

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