It’s time.

It’s time for a journalism conference in Canada that’s focused on celebrating journalists of colour and reimagining an equitable future for the media industry. That’s why the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) and Canadian Journalists of Colour (CJOC) are excited to host our inaugural joint conference—for and by racialized journalists. Mark your calendars: On April 30 to May 1, 2021, RISE is coming!

About Us


Founded in 1996, the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) strives to increase representation of Black journalists nationwide. Over the years, the CABJ has sought to comprehensively portray the voices and experiences of Black Canadians. The association believes there is a need to hold the industry accountable as we work to counter systemic racism and diversify newsrooms. The CABJ relaunched in 2018 with a renewed focus to help news outlets diversify, and to inspire a new generation of young Black journalists.


Canadian Journalists of Colour (CJOC) is a community of Indigenous, Black and racialized journalists working in the media industry across Canada. CJOC offers a supportive environment for journalists of colour to talk about the industry — whether that's working through story ideas, sharing resources, posting job opportunities, offering mentorship or brainstorming solutions to problems facing our industry. Since CJOC’s launch in October 2018, we’ve attracted more than 1,000 members, and have established chapters in cities and postsecondary schools across Canada.

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Omar Mosleh

Omar Mosleh

Toronto Star Journalist

Jody Anderson

Jody Anderson

Freelance Writer

Renee Ashley

Renee Ashley

Jamaican Writer

Alicia Bell

Alicia Bell

Community Organizer

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem

Writer and filmmaker

Natasha Grzincic

Natasha Grzincic

Deputy Editor

Program (All times are EST)

April 30 (Day 1)

6:00 PM Welcome
6:00 PM Mentorship Fair Begins (By Appointment Only)
6:05 PM Keynote – Camile Dundas
6:40 PM Entertainment – Comedy Show Featuring Jay Martin and Crystal Ferrier
7:00 PM Workshops
#1 You’re Late to the Party: Why we are no longer asking for a Seat with Canadian Legacy Media
#2 Reporting on Race in the Prairies
7:40 PM Selfcare Moment #1
“Mindfulness Moment”
8:00 PM Closing Remarks
8:15 PM Mentor Fair Ends
8:30 PM End of Day 1
*Schedule subject to change

See you on Saturday

May 1 (Day 2)

10:30 AM Welcome

10:30 AM Workshop
#3 How to Create a Successful Independent Media Platform
#4 Building Bridges
11:45 AM Movement Break - Yoga with Ali Arbeau
12:15 PM Workshops
#5 Media Reparations Reckoning and Justice for People of Colour
#6 Hidden Figures: How Actionable Diversity Data will help us see and change Canadian Newsrooms
12:55 PM Healing Circle
1:40 PM Lunch
2:10 PM Workshops
#7 How BIPOC News Entrepreneurs are Changing News Ownership
#8 Data Journalism for Nerds and Nerd Allies
2:50 PM Workshop
#9 Addressing Burnout as a Journalist in a Pandemic
#10 How to Pitch Successfully
4:30 PM Mentorship Fair Ends
4:30 PM Keynote - Connie Walker
5:00 PM Closing Remarks
*Schedule subject to change

See you in 2022

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Why you should attend RISE.

If you're excited for change in our industry, then RISE is for you. Conference programming will be geared towards helping racialized journalists in Canada level up their careers, and will focus on skills development to prepare them for the future of journalism. Join over 200 industry and thought leaders, change agents and newsroom managers as they:

  • Connect with an empowered community of journalists of colour. Both CABJ and CJOC want the media industry to truly represent Canada’s racial diversity, fulfilling our country’s commitment to multiculturalism. But often times, we are “the only one” in predominantly white newsrooms. RISE is an opportunity to address our shared experiences and not feel so alone.
  • Learn cutting-edge skills from leading journalists of colour. Black, Indigenous and journalists of colour who are at the forefront of this industry will be sharing their knowledge about the latest developments in investigative journalism, community-driven journalism, digital platforms, media business models and much more.
  • Contribute to an industry-wide conversation about equity and anti-racism. CABJ, CJOC and our partners feel strongly that the need for policies around diversity, equity and inclusion should go beyond committees and band-aid solutions. This is what inspired our joint Canadian Media Diversity: Calls to Action document released in January 2020. We believe this kind of change begins at the top, so we plan to convene frank and solutions-focused discussions at the conference.

RISE is an “unconference” conference: There’s less talking at you and more collaborative dialogue. We’re focused on solutions, and producing concrete outcomes from our interactive workshops, panels and presentations. Expect a mix of skills training, equity-focused programming and real talk. Journalism leaders and experts from across North America will lead a new wave of conversation in an industry that’s long overdue for change.

Why you should sponsor RISE.

Inspirit Foundation, CWA Canada and TD were among the first to sign on as sponsors. If you join them, you’ll be part of an important initiative that helps amplify journalists of colour in Canada, going beyond symbolic gestures by supporting a conference focused on real change. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, email us at