In October 2021, NCM launched Canada’s first study on the socioeconomic conditions of first-generation immigrant and refugee journalists.
The study, titled “Breaking into the Canadian media industry: economic and social barriers for first-generation immigrant and refugee journalists,” was conducted by members of the New Canadian Media (NCM) Collective led by Christopher Chanco, Arzu Yildiz and Alec Regino and assisted by Ruhina Taskin, Pradip Rodrigues, Isabel Inclan, Marcus Medford, Adèle Surprenant, Marine Caleb, and Tazeen Iman.
Over 101 surveys were completed and 47 journalists across Canada were interviewed. We are grateful for the help of our project partners: Canadian Association of Journalists, Journalists for Human Rights, Association des journalistes indépendants du Québec, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Pen Canada, Writers in Exile, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Maisonneuve, Comité d’aide aux réfugiés, Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, UDEM, Canadian Journalists of Colour.
NCM held a Virtual Colloquium on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm EST with the report’s three lead authors to share the results of the study and discuss the implications for the media industry in Canada. The colloquium featured some of the respondents whose stories have been featured on New Canadian Media as well as other special guests.