It is not just Internet trolls. These days, it is often not safe for women to speak up anywhere - online, on air and in print. What can be done about the barrage of intimidation, threats, and abusive comments that seem determined to silence our voices? In the lead up to International Women’s Day, we tackle online harassment against women in media.
Join Manisha Krishnan, senior writer for VICE Canada; Heather Mallick, columnist with the Toronto Star; and Janet McFarland, business reporter with The Globe and Mail, for this discussion on the hazards of being a female journalist online and the policies and resources that can help make newsrooms and online communities welcoming to all. This discussion will be moderated by Piya Chattopadhyay, host of CBC Radio’s Out in the Open.
Tuesday, March 7
Doors open: 5:30 p.m. | Discussion: 6:00 p.m. | Reception 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
MANISHA KRISHNAN is VICE.com Canada's senior writer, reporting on subjects such as vigilante pedophile hunting, the cannabis industry, systemic racism, and sexual violence against women. She has also hosted a VICE documentary on Canadian gun culture. She has previously written for the Toronto Star, Maclean's magazine, the Calgary Herald and many other publications. @manishakrishnan
HEATHER MALLICK a staff columnist at the Toronto Star since 2010, writes about women’s rights, politics, nationalism, and the way we live now—and should perhaps live in the years ahead. She has previously written for CBC.ca, The Globe and Mail and other media including Chatelaine, the New York Times Syndication Service, and the Guardian’s Comment is Free. Mallick has published two books, a diary called Pearls in Vinegar for Penguin and a collection of essays called Cake or Death for Knopf. She has won two National Newspaper Awards in the features and critical writing categories. She was the winner of The Landsberg Award in 2015. @HeatherMallick
JANET MCFARLAND joined The Globe and Mail's Report on Business in 1995, and has specialized in reporting on corporate governance, compensation and securities regulation. In 2002, Janet was instrumental in launching the Globe's Board Games project, an annual review of corporate governance practices of Canada's largest companies. During her tenure at the Globe, Janet has written extensively on issues of governance, leadership, women in business and executive compensation. She also covers securities industry regulation and enforcement, including activities of the Ontario Securities Commission. Janet is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has received a number of awards for her work, including two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and two other NNA nominations. She has also received three nominations for Michener Awards, which are granted annually by Canada’s Governor General to recognize excellence in public service journalism. She was the recipient of the inaugural Landsberg Award in 2014. @JMcFarlandGlobe
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
PIYA CHATTOPADHYAY is the host of CBC Radio's OUT IN THE OPEN, an adventurous and wide-ranging weekly one-hour program about the nitty-gritty of real life. Each week, Chattopadhyay and her team look at how one big topic is affecting regular people, and invite listeners to join the conversation. Prior to that, Chattopadhyay worked as a guest host for TVO's The Agenda. Additionally, she spent more than a decade in the field as a news reporter here in Canada, and was often on the road, reporting from abroad on numerous assignments for CBC. She has reported from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, the U.K. and France, to name but a few. In 2007, Chattopadhyay decided to take on a new adventure and moved to Jerusalem where she first freelanced for CBC, PRI and the BBC, before taking on the role of Middle East Correspondent for Fox News Radio. During her three years in the region, she travelled to numerous countries, covering stories ranging from war and conflict, peace and politics, to coping and everyday life. @piya
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