Diversity is Right Course

On most days the Star falls short of producing a newspaper and website that looks like the Toronto we see when we walk our streets.

By Kathy English, Toronto Star

Does the Toronto Star reflect the rich diversity of your Toronto?

It is a fact worth boasting about that Toronto is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the world. And Statistics Canada tells us that 49.1 per cent of Toronto households — almost half — are visible minorities. That’s higher still outside the city, in the Greater Toronto communities: 72.3 per cent in Markham, 53.7 per cent in Mississauga.

While I have no doubt the Star is long past the era when its daily news file depicted the world of the white male, the reality remains that on most days the Star still falls short of producing a newspaper and website that looks like the Toronto we see when we walk our city streets, play in our parks, shop, dine out, ride transit.

The Star, which has long positioned itself as “the paper for the people” can do better at being the news platform for all the people. And it is committed to doing so.

In recent months, at the request of publisher John Cruickshank, who regards this as a priority for the Star, I have been working with managing editor Jane Davenport to examine what steps are needed to ensure the Star more fully reflects the diversity of the greater Toronto community it serves.

We have met with all newsroom managers to set goals and determine targets and measures with a primary goal of tracking our coverage on an ongoing basis.

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