Toronto-area media students and freelancers, you’re invited to the free Beyond Diversity mixer on WednesdayOctober 11th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Page One Cafe (106 Mutual St).

From the “appropriation prize” fiasco, to the editorial decision to protect the identity of a woman who used a racial slur, these incidents over the last few months have highlighted the need for more discussion on how to diversify the voices, stories and editorial control in the Canadian media.

This mixer and discussion that will bring together journalists and freelancers to tackle these issues. Drawing on personal experience, they’ll share advice for navigating a career path in the industry, while also changing it from within. They’ll discuss strategies for making and claiming spaces for black, brown and indigenous voices; equity policies and practices that news organizations should be implementing; and how we can better support each other in building sustainable careers.

Featured speakers include Alicia Elliot, a Tuscarora writer living in Brantford, Ontario whose essay “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a 2017 National Magazine Award, and Vicky Mochama, who writes about race, gender, politics and culture as the national columnist for Metro News Canada.

This is event is being organized by CMG Freelance and CWA Canada. Tickets are free, but please register to reserve your space at this link. There will be time before and after the panel to network and chat with other freelancers, media workers, students, and guest speakers. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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