Update on The Collective

This is Alireza Ahmadian, a Vancouver-based writer, contributor and member of New Canadian Media (NCM). On behalf of NCM, I am reaching out to you to provide an update on NCM Collective (the Collective).

We are pleased with the response we have received thus far, so thank you so much for coming on board. Our membership has already doubled. There is definite interest in forming a collective of high-calibre journalists who can generate local content from a variety of ethnocultural perspectives.

Consider becoming a member of the Collective. It costs only $10. When you are a Collective member you will be paid $100 (the minimum) for each contribution you make to NCM’s on-line content. By representing and advocating on your behalf, New Canadian Media will be able to access many more funding sources than are currently available. NCM has determined that the Canada Periodical Fund's Collective Initiatives is a particularly good fit to support our journalism.

I'm delighted to confirm that we have joined the National NewsMedia Council to put a spotlight on our journalistic standards and our high ethical values. As you will notice, we thus join the very best of legacy media. Here's how this benefits members of the NCM Collective: 

1) Pre-publication ethics support: Have a burning question that you’re not sure how to answer? Give us a call. Our media ethics ‘hotline’ is always available for you to consult. Our experienced staff will listen carefully to your query and provide quality feedback on how to navigate any sticky situations you might encounter. 

2) Dispute resolution services: It’s a bridge we hope you’ll never have to cross. But if you do,we’ll be there to handle the complaint(s) from your readers. We believe strongly in due process and will resolve the complaints in a fair, transparent way. It’s no cost for complainants and no additional cost to you other than membership.

3) Public editor services: As a member of the NNC, we offer support for your public editor by providing assistance not only the small day-to-day details but also by helping bring the bigger picture into focus. Every second week we’ll provide you with a column on a topical issue in the journalism business that you can use in your newspaper, or on your website. We want to help you educate your audience on the importance of good journalism.

4) Build your own journalism skills: The NNC offers tailored in-person seminars on a variety of topics, ranging from social media ethics, to respecting individual privacy, to the rights of reporters. We also have a partnership agreement in place with the Poynter Institute so you can sign up for one or more of their award-winning webinars and work through them at your own pace. 

5) Be part of ‘the club’: As home to a collective of freelance journalists, you are the future of the news business. While industry cutbacks present challenges to becoming ‘plugged in’ to the media scene, the NNC will help you build those important connections you need to help you grow your career in journalism.

The more Collective members we have, the more credible our claim will be that we represent voices absent in mainstream media. NCM's Collective is about your voice, my voice -- our voices. By becoming a member, you can play a pivotal role in shaping Canadian discourse and in how we are governed. 

To become a Collective member, please click on the Paypal "Pay Now" link below. 


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Do you have colleagues in media who might be interested in knowing about this initiative? We would like to contact them, or please forward them this link.

Questions or concerns, please contact us at the coordinates below. 

We look forward to working together in the future as part of the Collective.



Alireza Ahmadian, Vancouver

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An Invitation

Dear fellow journalist,

Greetings from Ottawa!

It is an honour for me to roll out Canada’s first nation-wide training program aimed specifically at journalists who work with “ethnic” or “multicultural” media organizations.

This accompanying questionnaire will help us determine locations and the specific workshops we will offer. All the information you provide is confidential and will only be used for research and training purposes.

These in-person training sessions build on our successful mentoring program, launched in February, as part of seeking out “new voices”.

Here is some more information that may be helpful:

This training program will be offered free-of-cost and is funded through a federal government grant

NCM will offer up to three individual workshops (two hours each) in each location. Topics for the workshops will be chosen based on responses to the questionnaire

Workshops will most likely be hosted at the nearest journalism school, subject to space availability

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided to all participants

I’d be more than happy to respond to any questions you may have relating to your participation. And, please do forward the questionnaire to your friends as well.


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Please visit New Canadian Media to discover our pioneering journalism


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New Canadian Media welcomes submissions from journalists across Canada and Canadians living overseas. We specifically encourage and privilege “new voices” – voices that are rarely heard in Canadian discourse, including journalism students, new immigrants and other media professionals who are unable to publish their work elsewhere.

All of our content falls under two broad themes:

1. An immigrant perspective on Canadian current affairs and international relations 2. Topics/issues that are of particular interest to new Canadians

We are specifically looking for writers who can read foreign languages and produce digests from various locations in Canada, summarizing/curating content from ethnic publications.

Members of NCM's Collective will have first rights to assignments. 

Mentorship Program New Canadian Media is pleased to offer journalists, writers and creative content producers from immigrant communities the opportunity to enroll in our pioneering mentorship program.

This program is designed to offer one-on-one training with high-calibre journalists who are part of NCM's Newsroom to help foreign-trained professionals or immigrant journalists to produce content according to Canadian standards and practices.

The mentorship program includes support in developing topical story ideas, identifying sources, interview techniques, using multimedia, as well as writing/revising the news or commentary contribution. Mentees will receive a $100 honorarium when their content is published on the site.

NCM sees this as a crucial part of its educational mandate and its efforts to "broaden the national conversation" by fostering new voices.

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We’d love to hear from you if you have a unique immigrant take on Canadian issues and current affairs. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak977a181e868e2011234dab5323cb0923').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy977a181e868e2011234dab5323cb0923 = 'production' + '@'; addy977a181e868e2011234dab5323cb0923 = addy977a181e868e2011234dab5323cb0923 + 'newcanadianmedia' + '.' + 'ca'; var addy_text977a181e868e2011234dab5323cb0923 = 'production' + '@' + 'newcanadianmedia' + '.' + 'ca';document.getElementById('cloak977a181e868e2011234dab5323cb0923').innerHTML += ''+addy_text977a181e868e2011234dab5323cb0923+'';


New Canadian Media provides nonpartisan news and views representing all Canadian immigrant communities. As part of this endeavour, we re-publish aggregated content from various ethnic media publishers in Canada in an effort to raise the profile of news and commentary from an immigrant perspective. New Canadian Media, however, does not guarantee the accuracy of or endorse the views and opinions contained in content from such other sites. The views expressed on this site are those of the individual writers and commentators, and not necessarily those of New Canadian Media. Copyright © 2019 All rights reserved