Each in their own way and some with greater force than others, these journalists are pushing for a greater diversity of stories and voices across media—both to reflect the greater community and to effect change within it: Desmond Cole, the journalist who shared his personal account of being stopped by police more than 50 times in Toronto Life; Scaachi Koul, culture writer for BuzzFeed Canada who quit Twitter briefly after facing online backlash to her call-out for diverse writers; Hannah Sung, who co-hosted The Globe and Mail’s podcast Colour Code about race in Canada; and Arti Patel, lifestyle editor with The Huffington Post, who launched Born and Raised, a series featuring experiences shared by second-generation Canadians.
Angie Seth, weekend anchor for Global News at 6, moderates this discussion on the actions being taken and the impact they’re having, both in newsrooms and in the greater community.
February 22, 2017
Registration: 6:00 p.m. | Discussion 6:30 p.m. | Reception 8:00 p.m.
A video and podcast will be available after the event.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
DESMOND COLE is an award-winning freelance journalist and an activist based in Toronto. He is a columnist for the Toronto Star, and his work can also be found in Toronto Life, Walrus, NOW, Torontoist, Ethnic Aisle, and several other publications. Desmond was honoured three times at the 2015 National Magazine Awards, including a gold prize for Best New Magazine Writer. He also hosts a radio program every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. on Newstalk 1010. Desmond is currently working on his first book about the experiences of Black Canadians. @DesmondCole
SCAACHI KOUL is a culture writer for BuzzFeed Canada. Her work has also appeared in Jezebel, Flare, the Guardian, and The New Yorker. Her first book, ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER, is forthcoming March 7, 2017. @Scaachi
HANNAH SUNG is a video and podcast producer at The Globe and Mail. She is the co-host and co-producer of Colour Code, a podcast about race in Canada by The Globe and Mail, which was named a Best of 2016 podcast by Apple iTunes. @HannahSung
ARTI PATEL is the living editor at the Huffington Post Canada's Toronto office. She generally covers health, women's issues, food, relationships, trends and coverage around diversity. In 2016, she launched Huffington Post Canada's Born and Raised series, a mix of features, videos and personal stories of second-generation Canadians. @ArtiPatel
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
ANGIE SETH is the weekend anchor of Global News at 6. Seth began her broadcasting career as a reporter for OMNI television, working in various positions in the newsroom, including anchor of South Asian News. She also produced two entertainment programs, Ishtyle TV and Bollywood Blvd. Seth took a break from television broadcast to join CBC Radio as a freelance news anchor while maintaining her parenting blog, masalamommas.com. She also writes her own column Out and About with Angie Seth for Desi News Magazine. Seth is strong advocate for women’s rights, children’s rights and the fight against domestic violence. Seth has won several awards including the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her work as a journalist and contributions in the community. @kateygoalie