In the fall of 2020, The Medium aired season 1, episode 1 of The Medium/The Message. It was a conversation between Liz and friends about all things related to student life. Since then, The Medium/The Message developed into poignant reflections that attempt to understand society & student life through stories.

New episodes are released biweekly from September to April. Season 2 features interviews with professors and experts on topics such as privilege, social media, finance, relationships, and more.

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Season 2

It’s been a while, but we’re back, baby! Welcome to Season 2 of The Medium/The Message with your hosts Elizabeth (Liz) Provost and Elisa Nguyen. For our first episode, Liz and Elisa explore the McLuhan phrase, “The Medium is the Message,” with the help of special guest Beth Coleman, ICCIT professor and author of “Hello, Avatar,” and reflect on the ways print media can influence our community. You’ll also hear about the history of The Medium, and what’s new this upcoming year.
Social media platforms began with simple intentions to connect communities and give people a place to express their interests, but one look at the apps today, saturated in algorithms and advertisements, raises suspicions about whether their intentions remain the same. In today’s episode, we reconnect with Jordyn Foster who reveals the ins and outs of algorithms, influencers, and social media diets. Belicia Chevolleau, The Medium‘s Social Media & Online Editor, also makes an appearance and shares a funny online experience. At the end of the episode, Liz and Elisa reflect on their own social media habits and how they portray themselves online.
“You don’t necessarily have to do anything once you acknowledge your privilege,” writes Roxanne Gay in Bad Feminist. What does it mean to acknowledge our privilege? What will happen once we do? Those are the questions we asked Professor Stephen Scharper in an interview. Acknowledging our privilege may be the first step in becoming both self-aware and understanding of the lived experiences of others.
There are so many questions students face throughout their time in undergrad—from academic success, to romantic relationships. Should I find time to relax if that sacrifices the quality of my work? I’m looking for love but why is it so hard to meet people in online classes? Is it bad that I keep experiencing burnout and I don’t know if I can continue with school for much longer?
Sometimes we need advice, other times we just need someone to relate to. Join us for a conversation with The Medium’s Features Editor Ricardo Jaroslav Valdes and guest speaker Professor Jennifer Stellar.
The media is a “big amorphous blob” that is both intimidating and captivating. Power and politics plays a critical role in the evolution of news media and the kind of news we get access to. As an independent student newspaper, The Medium is also a part of this system.
Join us for a conversation with Aroni Sarkar, The Medium’s Opinion Editor, Aya Yafaoui, the Ear to the Ground Columnist, and George Wootten, political science professor at UTM, about what makes something newsworthy.
When you think of the word ‘isolation’, what do you see? 
In this episode, The Medium’s editorial team discusses their contribution in the ‘Moving Still’ Magazine—a collection of creative non-fiction, essays, research, poetry, and photos. Topics discussed include social media, grief, mental health, health care, childhood memories, businesses, and change. The Magazine can be found across stands on campus, or online at “We hope this magazine will inspire you to see isolation as it is: not necessarily good, not necessarily bad, but simply a state we all experience in life.”

Season 1

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.” Browse our collection of videos about the UTM campus, our publishing process, our team, and student life.

Not much of a reader? We gotcha. Below you’ll find a collection of comics and trivia that entertain and provide student commentary about relevant issues.

Three rom-com tropes we (still) love and why — Volume 48, Issue 18

By: Helen Yu, Comic Artist (Volume 48)

Volume 48, Issue 16

Celebrating Black Voices in Media — Volume 48, Issue 16

By: Helen Yu, Comic Artist (Volume 48)

Don’t Look Up — Volume 48, Issue 14

By: Helen Yu, Comic Artist (Volume 48)

Volume 48, Issue 11 & 13

By: Reid Fournier

Volume 48, Issue 9

By: Reid Fournier

The Real Sicko Mode — Volume 48, Issue 9

By: Helen Yu, Comic Artist (Volume 48)

If UTM hosted Squid Games — Volume 48, Issue 7

By: Helen Yu, Comic Artist (Volume 48)

Zoom, Yikes: No Pants Edition — Volume 48, Issue 1

By: Helen Yu, Comic Artist (Volume 48)

Humans of UTM (@humansofutm_ on Instagram) shares stories that connect and inspire on a human level. Inspired by Humans of New York, every post features an individual from the University of Toronto Mississauga and an answer to a thought-provoking question.