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‘We’re finally realizing that we’re unafraid to speak loudly and publicly’: Black Hill reporters, editors weigh in on lack of diversity in Canadian media

By Mike Lapointe      

'Obviously, there’s an issue with representation and diversity in journalism as a whole, and on the Hill in particular,' says The Hill Times managing editor Charelle Evelyn.

National Observer contributing managing editor David McKie, left, The Hill Times' managing editor Charelle Evelyn, and CBC national politics reporter David Thurton. 'If anything, I think this moment is one where a lot of journalists of colour are tired of being polite and being kind when it comes to the lack of diversity within Canadian media,' said Mr. Thurton. Photograph courtesy of Twitter, The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of Twitter

A number of Black journalists with decades of experience covering Parliament Hill between them have been speaking out about the ongoing, glaring lack of diversity in newsrooms in past weeks, with one reporter saying he believes this moment is one where “we’re finally realizing that we’re unafraid to speak loudly and publicly.”

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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