Minelle Mahtani

Expertise: Gender & Politics, Journalism, Mixed-Race Identity, Racialization

Minelle is an Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto.

Posts & Activities by Minelle Mahtani

  • Do you see yourself in those who shape the news?


    Column space in Canadian newspapers remains dominated by middle-aged white males – even while our communities become increasingly more diverse.

    Dylan Robertson, a freelance journalist, recently published a piece on J-Source citing a survey that showed new evidence of distorted age and gender representation among Canada’s newspapers columnists.

    Seventy three percent of the 339 news and general-interest commentators at 76 English-language daily newspapers looked at in the survey were male at an average age of 58. Women weighed in as the clear minority, numbering only 27% for both national and regional columnists.

    The statistics are disappointing, but they should not be surprising.

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