The other thing we’re offering the winners, aside from the award, is the opportunity to tap into the Media Girlfriends network — whether that’s making a connection with someone at a specific company or organization, or even sharing our contacts.
Why focus on women and non-binary people?
Part of the Media Girlfriends mission is that we believe media in Canada is stronger with a diversity of voices. We still see an underrepresentation of women and non-binary people in the media, especially in certain beats. Also, we know our newsrooms are extremely white. It’s something, I believe, that most people in media know has to change. But you can’t just wish or hope it will change.
What advice do you have for current journalism students?
My advice is to be in the mix. It’s not enough to just study journalism. At Concordia, there’s the opportunity to practice it, to create, to network, to make mistakes. That’s really how I built up my resumé and my networks. All my extracurricular work at Concordia is where I was really able to take the theory and put it into practice.
How has your experience at Concordia contributed to your success?
I did my BA with a specialization in journalism and communication studies. Being able to study more than one thing has equipped me for the changing media landscape and I’ve been able to zig and zag. The fact that I knew how to shoot a camera, edit audio, as well as write and report made me very versatile. That’s why I think I was able to work in so many different environments.