The Middle – Episode 8: Diversity in storytelling

Brainstorming

Let’s be honest. For most of modern storytelling history, white men held the pen and the power. Because they did, the stories we devoured in fiction and journalism came from that perspective.

The internet and social media – for all their problems – has also opened the flood gates to new voices in storytelling. It’s never been easier to find the full rainbow of lenses on story. But, are the established media ecosystem players doing enough to shift to a new normal?
 
Join host Sophie Nadeau, the Toronto Star's Uzma Jalaluddin and HuffPost Canada's Andree Lau as they talk about the business of diversity in storytelling and share their enriching personal stories. 
 
Uzma Jalaluddin is a parenting columnist for the Toronto Star called Samosas & Maple Syrup and her debut novel Ayesha at Last is a runaway hit. Billed as Pride & Prejudice with a modern twist, it’s been optioned for film by a major Hollywood studio. She’s often a guest on CTV and CBC, too.
Andree Lau is the Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost Canada, where she's worked for almost seven years. She’s also been a journalist with CTV and CBC, and you can often find often find her on panels talking about diversity in media.
 

“In any movement, you're always going to have a pushback, because people who are entrenched in their power and in their privilege are obviously not going to be happy when they’re told to share.”

- Uzma Jalaluddin

“It's sharing the platform. It's making extra room at the table. It's not shoving somebody out.”

- Andree Lau

 

If you'd like to continue the conversation, you can find all of our speakers on Twitter, Uzma is @uzmawrites, Andree is @alau2.