Why are we still talking about diversity?
“Is it Fateeema?” asked two editors interviewing me in a boardroom much too big for a three-person meeting. I tried to impress them with three story ideas: something about transit, something about local politics and something about immigration. They asked follow-up questions about the third one—How did I think of the story? What are the main issues? How would the story come together?—even though I thought the second was better developed and delivered.
For too long, the white landscape of Canadian journalism has stood on excuses, such as:
- “We don’t get a diverse pool of applicants.”
- “We couldn’t find anyone qualified.”
- “We don’t have the resources.”
- “It’s just the way things are.”
- “We tried our best.”
When did the conversation get stuck on repeat? …
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by Fatima Syed
Fatima Syed is the blog editor of the spring 2016 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.