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Editorial Advisory Board

Paul Knox


Associate Professor at the School of Journalism, Ryerson University: Paul joined the School of Journalism in 2005 after more than 30 years in daily journalism. He was chair of the school until 2010. At The Globe and Mail he was Latin America correspondent, world affairs columnist and foreign editor, among other positions. He was a commentator in English and Spanish for Radio Canada International, and in 2000 received the Maria Moors Cabot prize from Columbia University for his reporting on the Americas. He is a member of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. At Ryerson he teaches reporting, feature writing and the history of news.

Firas Al-Atraqchi

Canadian journalist of Arab descent who has covered the Middle East since 1992. In April 2010, he left Al Jazeera’s English-language website, where he worked as a senior editor since 2004. In September 2010, he joined the American University of Cairo as an associate professor of practice at the Journalism and Mass Communication department.

Renren Bai

was until recently editor-in-chief and publisher of Canada China News (CCN) newspaper, winner of the 2006 Best Ethnic Media in Canada award. She is also past vice-president of and currently advisor to the Federation of Ottawa Chinese Community Organizations (FOCCO), the largest Chinese community organization representing 39 Chinese groups in Ottawa. Renren Bai was given the Business Award in 2012 by Immigrant Women Services Ottawa.

Shauna Snow-Capparelli

Associate Professor and Chair of journalism at Mount Royal University, Calgary. A former Los Angeles Times staff writer and columnist who lived in Southern California for 25 years, Shauna sits on the Canadian Association of Journalists’ national Ethics Advisory Committee, through which she chaired the 2011 rewrite of CAJ’s “Ethics Guidelines” and “Principles for Ethical Journalism.”

She is the only Canadian editorial board member of Newspaper Research Journal, a scholarly publication of the U.S.-based Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Shauna has taught ethics, reporting, editing and other journalism courses, and was the faculty supervisor of the program’s community news vehicle, the Calgary Journal, for more than a decade. She is married to an Italian immigrant, who moved to Canada with his family at age 3.

April Lindgren

April Lindgren is an associate professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, and director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre. Before joining the School of Journalism faculty in 2007, Professor Lindgren worked for more than 25 years as a political correspondent and editorial writer in Ottawa and Toronto.

Her research, funded by both SSHRC and CERIS-The Ontario Metropolis Centre, explores the role of ethnic media and local news in cities. Professor Lindgren was the 2005-2006 St. Clair Balfour Journalism fellow at the University of Toronto. She has degrees from Carleton University and the Graduate School of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Trygve Ugland

Professor of Politics and International Studies at Bishop’s University, where he has been since 2003 after his move from Norway. He is educated at the University of Oslo and Queen’s University of Belfast (Ph.D. University of Oslo, 2002). His research and teaching interests lie in the fields of Comparative Politics and Comparative Public Policy, with a focus on European and Scandinavian Politics (often with links to Canadian politics). His most recent research project examines the international relevance of the Canadian immigration and integration policy model in the reform debate and process in Denmark, Norway and Sweden during the 2000s (funded through a SSHRC Insight Development Grant in 2012). His latest book tells the story of how Jean Monnet’s (‘Father of the European Union’) encounters with Canada and Canadians between 1907 and 1914 played a vital role, both as inspiration and as enduring reference point, in his project of uniting Europe: Ugland, T. (2011): Jean Monnet and Canada: Early Travels and the Idea of European Unity. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Jagdeesh Mann

Jagdeesh Mann is the Executive Editor of The Asian Pacific, South Asian, and Filipino Post weeklies. He won a Jack Webster Award for Best Community Reporting in 2003 and was part of the team that won a 2nd Webster for the same category in 2008. You can reach him via twitter (@jagdeeshmann) or by email at jm@jagdeesh.ca. 

Gail Devlin

Gail currently serves as a Board member and Secretary for the Canadian Immigration Historical Society. Formerly, she was a writer/editor for the Immigration and Refugee Board and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, producing documentation on human and civil rights, culture, religion, and political issues in the countries of origin of Convention refugee claimants. She has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Bonn, Berlin, Moscow, Barbados and Prague as a foreign service spouse.



Amira Elghawaby


Amira Elghawaby obtained a degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001. Since then, she has worked as both a full-time and freelance journalist and editor, writing and producing stories for a variety of media including the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, CBC-Radio, Rabble and the Middle East Times. Along with reporting and producing general news stories, Amira frequently produces radio segments and programming that offer insights into the issues facing diverse communities across Canada.

In addition to History, Amira will help improve our multimedia content.

Connect with her: @AmiraElghawaby / amira@newcanadianmedia.ca

Ranjit Bhaskar


is a Toronto-based print and online journalist with a newcomer’s keen interest in all things Canadian. An active member of the New Canadian Media Professionals association, he has more than 20 years of experience with leading mainstream international news organizations. He was with Al Jazeera for nine years till 2012 and played a pivotal role in the launch and evolution of its award-winning English language website. He also helped launch TechMail, a technology newspaper, and Eduquity Career Technologies, a web-enabled education and career assessment company.

Connect with him: @ranjit17 rranjit@newcanadianmedia.ca

Priya Ramanujam


A native of Toronto’s Scarborough community, Priya is an experienced journalist and editor with a passion for mentoring young people and thinking critically about matters of social justice. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Urbanology Magazine, a part-time instructor at the Humber College J-School and coordinator of Scarborough’s Say Word youth journalism program. Aside from in a regular column, “Research Watch”, on New Canadian Media, her writing has appeared in The Toronto Star, Post City Magazines, Today’s Bride, The Scarborough Mirror, Canadian Immigrant, and more. In spring 2015, she looks forward to launching her personal website, www.SincerelyPriya.com.

Connect with her: @SincerelyPriya / admin@newcanadianmedia.ca

Brian Wong


Brian, a resident of Calgary for over 20 years, has contributed to a variety of media outlets – Fairchild Media Group, CBC Radio Calgary, OMNI Television as a journalist, sports writer, columnist, community liaison and independent producer. He has covered major events such as the Queen’s visit, the Calgary Stampede Centennial, elections of all three levels of governments etc. Brian has co-produced special news series for OMNI Television on the Future of Ethnic Media, the Calgary Chinatown Centennial and a weekly show Culture Avenue.

Connect with him: @wongwaichung

Vicky Tobianah


Vicky Tobianah is an experienced writer, editor, and content strategist. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Honours from McGill University in Political Science and English Literature. She is passionate about the future of digital media.

Connect with her on Twitter @vicktob or check out her work at www.vickytobianah.com



Catherine Murray

Catherine Murray is a Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She has researched and written on BC ethnic media, self-regulation, and the politics of cultural diversity in Canada. Dr. Murray has also served as a peer juror on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council and chaired the Ombudspanel for the CBC during the 2004 Federal election. She is currently researching cultural work and cultural policy in Canada, with a special focus on cultural production.

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