Canadian Media's Diversity Deficit
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 • 10:30am–11:30am • ED1 • Editorial
Our newsrooms no longer reflect Canada's population and this is part of the reason why journalism and journalists are no longer viewed as the gatekeepers they aspire to be.
The media need to do a better job of speaking for Canadians and being a mirror to society. This is a cliché, but readers, viewers and listeners want to see and hear themselves reflected in newsrooms. They want to hear foreign-sounding accents and even a mangled English or French sentence once in a while. Journalism is about reflecting the lives and times of all Canadians—in all their diversity, colour and socio-political complexity. Newcomers invariably do not fit into the preconceived notions of today’s mainstream media editors. See how NewCanadianMedia.ca and their first-ever Immigrant Style Guide can further the national conversation.