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Paula Todd is a nonfiction writer and a professor of broadcast, print, and digital journalism. She is also a lawyer and a frequent speaker on digital behavior and influence, journalism, literacy, and freedom of the press. She has hosted/reported for Canada’s major television networks, and written for Canada’s largest newspapers and magazines for more than twenty years. Todd sits on the board of directors of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. In 2012, she published the ebook Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Child Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three

Award History

2014 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online

Jury Citation

“Paula Todd’s Extreme Mean is an essential eye-opening investigation of internet use, misuse, and abuse. Detailing infamous case studies such as those of Amanda Todd and Rebecca Black, and examining numerous websites dedicated to the unleashing of hatred protected by anonymity and ‘virtual’ reality, Todd connects disturbing dots, pointing to a shocking trend of cyber-violence that is as nefarious—if not more so—than violence in the ‘real world.’ Investigative research with profound social, legal, and philosophical implications. Overwhelmingly persuasive. A book every parent—or anyone online—must read.” – 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Charles Foran, Priscila Uppal, and Merrily Weisbord)