Meet Our Collective - New Canadian Media

The New Canadian Media Collective is a group of high-calibre journalists who can generate local content from a variety of ethnocultural perspectives. Members of the Collective work in all fields of journalism including print, broadcast and digital media.

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Shan is a photojournalist and event photographer based in Toronto with more than a decade of experience. From Beijing Olympic Games to The Dalai Lama in Exile, she has covered a wide range of editorial assignments.
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Mansoor Tanweer is New Canadian Media’s Local Journalism Initiative reporter on immigration policy. An immigrant himself, he has covered municipal affairs and the Brampton City Council in addition to issues relating to newcomers over several years.
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Isabel Inclan has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, in both Mexico and Canada. She began working as a foreign correspondent in Canada in 1999, first for El Financiero, a Mexican newspaper, and more recently at Notimex, a Mexican news agency. She has been an NCM contributor since 2018, her main areas of interest being politics, community, immigrant women, and cultural issues. In 2015, Isabel was honoured as one of the “10 most influential Hispanic Canadians.” She is a master´s candidate at Ryerson-York universities.
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Florence Hwang is a Saskatchewan-based freelance writer. She is a media librarian who loves storytelling. She has written for La Source newspaper, CBC Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Folklore and South Asian Post.
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Marcus is a poet, editor and freelance journalist based in Toronto. He currently works with New Canadian Media as an Editor and as a Freelance Writer for ByBlacks.com, The Edge: A Leader's Magazine and The Soapbox Press.
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Sukaina Jaffer holds a Master’s degree in International Journalism. As a freelance journalist, she has written for New Canadian Media, The Guardian, Guardian Unlimited and The Independent.
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Joyeeta Ray is an NCM-CAJ Collective Member, Mentor, Communications Planner and Convenor. with over two decades of advertising and journalism experience in seven countries. She is an internationally awarded Senior Copywriter and a published author of two books of short stories for children, “Time for a Tale” and “Tales Never Told”. Born and raised in India, Joyeeta Ray started her journalistic career in Jakarta, led a multimedia editorial team in Bangkok and continues reporting through NCM since she moved to Toronto.
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Ashoke Dasgupta is a freelance journalist and former editor of Compassionate Friend, Beauty Without Cruelty-India's magazine. He won a UNDP - Goethe Institute Award for Environmental Journalism in Nepal 1995, and the Canadian Ethnic Media Association's Best News/Feature Awards for 2004 and 2006. He got a scholarship to study journalism at Sheridan College Toronto in 2007, graduating with high honours. He has done internships at the Winnipeg  Free Press and CBC Radio, and been published in the Winnipeg Free Press, the Calgary Herald and the Toronto Star.
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Devanshu Narang is a writer, performer and author of Naurang: Nine Shades of Life.
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Gita Abraham is a journalist of 45-year standing and has worked in national dallies and magazines in New Delhi including  Hindustan Times and India Today. For 15 years she was the Feature Editor of  The City TAB in Bangalore. She was also  a Professor of Journalism, at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. Treading the thin line between fact and fiction, Gita has  launched her debut novel “Daughter of the Blue Hills”   early this year.  She  and her husband are snowbirds shuffling between Chennai and Ottawa. She has two daughters and two frisky grandsons who inhabit her world.
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Robin Arthur is a newspaper editor, columnist and author of several books including "Can the Poor Inherit the Earth",  an opinion on Third World development paradigms, acclaimed by UNICEF and UNDP. In Canada, he has worked to develop an appreciation for interfaith dialogue and from 2011 to 2016 has staged three very successful spiritual diversity conferences that paved the way for the formation of an Interfaith council in the city of Halifax.
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Marco Navarro-Génie is a senior fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and the President of the Haultain Research Institute. He is also a member of the NCM non-profit corporation and co-author of COVID-19: The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic (2020).
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Since her youth, Seemanti enjoyed observing topical conversations. Her journey as a Public Relations professional enhanced her writing skills and jumpstarted her writing trajectory on various subjects. Over the last seven years, she worked with agency giants such as Weber Shandwick, MSL, AvianWe in many sectors such as automobile, consumer durable, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, corporate social responsibility. Seemanti holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from New Delhi, India, and a Bachelor's Degree from Bangalore University, India in Communicative English, Journalism and Psychology.
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Ayşe is an author, journalist and volunteer Communications Coordinator for the Vancouver Turkish Film Festival. She moved to Vancouver from Turkey with her dog and two children in 2017. Ayşe is the author of Anneee! Anne Oluyorum! (*Mooom! I’m becoming a Mom!) and Kanadalılaştıramadıklarımızdan mısınız? (*Not Canadian Enough?). Ayse also writes weekly articles for the independent internet newspaper T24.
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Isaac K. Oommen is an educator, freelance journalist and writer from Vancouver. He is currently based out of Alleppey.
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Raúl A. Pinto is a Chilean journalist with a decade of experience in Canada, working for radio, television, print, and digital media. During his career, he has interviewed a variety of people, from undocumented migrants to the Prime Minister of Canada, as well as movie stars, writers, artists, business people, politicians and others, with coverage almost exclusively directed to the migrant community. He has been nominated twice for Journalist of the Year at the Canadian Latin Awards, and won in 2019. He is married to Sandra and is the father of Ana and Lucas.
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Having worked for a couple of years in the non-profit sector in Manila, Christopher has written about aid and international development, human rights, immigration and armed conflict in diverse contexts. He is a member of the NCM-CAJ Collective and works as a freelance journalist. Christopher is currently pursuing a doctorate in History at McGill University in Québec.
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Canadian based journalist with extensive experience in everything from entertainment to breaking news, consumer affairs and covering world events. As an actress, Kaila has been in comedy pilots, produced content and been the voice of documentaries. Kaila has also lived and worked in LA and New York as a movie promotions agent. Being able to watch a production go from an idea to the big screen allowed Kaila to learn about all aspects of what makes something worthy of watching.
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Arzu Yildiz graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University in TV Journalism Department and has worked as a journalist, editor and senior reporter. She has written critical pieces of investigative journalism about unresolved murder cases in the Southeast against Kurdish businessmen and illegal weapons supply to Syria. She has four books published and writes for New Canadian Media.
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Arrthy Thayaparan is a B.Sc graduate, who is on the path to obtain her Masters of Journalism in 2022. Over the years, Arrthy has become a skilled filmmaker and photographer with a keen interest in social justice and science journalism. Though she is still learning, Arrthy hopes that she will be able to use her platform and skills to create vivid, yet informative journalistic pieces that spark conversation and change in society.
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Ruhina Taskin is an NCM reporter with a background in both communications and journalism for over five years. She has a Master's degree in Human Rights from Goldsmiths, University of London and is now based in Toronto.
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Jessie Zheng is a freelance writer and documentary director based on Prince Edward Island. She is a member of the NCM Collective.
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Winnie Lui enjoys discovering the journeys of others. She is Chinese-Canadian and has spent her childhood living in Hong Kong and in Alberta, Canada. She writes for business, non-profit and academic organizations.
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Abraham Tharakan P N is a veteran English language journalist with rich experience in wire service news reporting and editing. He also owned and edited India's first community newspaper 15 years from 1977 in Bangalore. As a Permanent Resident in Ottawa from 2017, Abraham was associated with the Canada India Centre for Excellence (CICE) of the Carleton University. Currently, he is engaged in  Public Relations and Consulting on media projects besides mentoring career aspirants and supporting start-ups as part of entrepreneurship development.
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With more than two decades of experience in research and writing, I can handle projects in traditional and online media. I have written two non fiction books for children, and over 100 articles on subjects as diverse as health, lifestyle, environment, and immigrant issues. I currently run and manage a travel and lifestyle blog. I won the Emerging Artist Award from my City's Arts Council for my first book.
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Fernando Arce is a freelance multimedia journalist, an active NCM-CAJ member and mentor, based in Toronto and writes strictly from an anti-imperialist, anti-colonial stance. His work is devoted to amplifying the voices of the grassroots and working classes as well as those of Indigenous Peoples resisting colonialism around the world. He sits on the Media Co-op's Board of Directors as an Editorial Representative and has been a member of the New Canadian Media-Canadian Association of Journalists collective since February 2021. He has a BA in Political Science from York University and an MA in Journalism from Western University.
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Tuvana is currently completing a Combined Honours in Law and Journalism at Carleton University. As an NCM reporter she covers international development, immigration and human rights issues. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, she now lives in Ottawa.
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Diplômée en administration des affaires (ITESM, Mexique), enquête et renseignement et journalisme (UdeM), Karla Meza débute sa carrière comme journaliste indépendante en 2019 s’intéressant davantage aux enjeux liés à la migration forcée et aux défis des communautés marginalisées au Canada, au Moyen-Orient et en Amérique latine. Passionnée du storytelling audiovisuel, elle a réalisé et produit un documentaire indépendant portant sur la situation des réfugiés syriens au Liban, ainsi que des courts vidéo-reportages dont un portant sur la résilience des femmes autochtones au Sud du Mexique. Journaliste attitrée à l'immigration en région pour le journal «Le Devoir» depuis octobre 2020.
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Farah has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Lebanese International University in Lebanon. She has over seven years' experience as a radio show host, reporter and social media editor. Farah has worked with Radio CINA Montreal as a Radio host and with Narcity Media in Montreal as a video journalist.
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Ayant travaillé pendant quelques années dans le secteur à but non lucratif à Manille, Christopher écrit sur l'aide et le développement international, les droits de l'homme, l'immigration et les conflits armés dans divers contextes. Il est membre de la coopérative NCM-CAJ et travaille comme journaliste indépendant. Christopher poursuit actuellement un doctorat en histoire à l'Université McGill au Québec.
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Rochelle C. Pangilinan is a freelance writer and a full-time administrative coordinator. She has completed a Certificate of Business Communications from University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Pangilinan volunteers for the Toronto Humane Society, High Park Stewards, and the Regent Park Film Festival.
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Kamal is a freelance Egyptian writer/journalist based in Kingston, Ontario. Specializing in political policy, human rights, and social commentary, Kamal attempts to blend his mixed upbringing of living in Canada and Egypt in his writing.
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Johan de Piaggi is a native of Milan, Italy and has been living in Canada for seven years. He’s a musician and is passionate about culture, politics and immigration-related news. At present, he’s the facility manager for an international private school in Niagara and writes for NCM in his spare time.
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Joseph Lopez is a radio talk show host for The Filipino Edition on RED FM 93.1 & FM 89.1 in Metro Vancouver leading conversations on important issues, providing information on the many facets of life.
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Sedanah Qwai is a freelance journalist in Ottawa, originally born in the United Arab Emirates where she lived for 10 years before immigrating to Canada. She currently attends Carleton University’s School of Journalism and reports on social and cultural issues.
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Zahra Mahdi is an Ottawa-based graduate student in Journalism and currently a master’s student in Migration and Diaspora Studies at Carleton University. Her op-ed piece on Bill 21 was published by Canadian Race Relations Foundation on the first anniversary of the bill.
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Bhaswati Ghosh has an extensive background in print, television and online platforms. She has worked for Sahara TV in India and written for The Indian Express, The Wire, Scroll, Daily News and Analysis, The Times of India, The Statesman and The Pioneer. In Canada, she edited the South Asian Generation Next weekly newspaper and wrote for Metroland publications.
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Gretchen is a development communicator who covers social change and issues through feature storytelling. With a Doctorate degree in Communication, she taught journalism as a professor of Development Communication in the Philippines for eight years before moving to Canada. She has published her own newcomer immigrant experiences and reports for NCM as an NCM-CAJ member. She is also currently volunteering as the head of the Publication and Promotions Committee of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Toronto where she publishes social media and web content.
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Leah Lan has worked as a freelance journalist for various publications including New Canadian Media. She is passionate about promoting traditional values through writing to enhance harmony in diverse communities. She is a Senior Business Development Executive, Client Service for Global Multilingual Media outlet Epoch Media Group. Lan has expertise in content marketing and brand storytelling.
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Leo Bui is a freelance journalist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Vietnam and raised in the Philippines, he is interested in human interest stories, especially when it comes to immigrants and people of colour. Bui is currently a journalism student at the University of King's College.
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Angelica Babiera is an NCM journalist and content creator. She graduated with Honours from York University's English and Professional Writing program, specializing in Journalism. She's written for publications such as Holr Magazine, Excalibur Newspaper, and Unwritten. She is skilled in digital art using Adobe's Photoshop and Illustrator, editorial photography and makes educational IGTV videos.
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Ayse Koca is a political science graduate from York University. Her writing examines structural forms of social and political inequality in Canada.
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Born in Pakistan with Gujrati roots from India, raised in Tanzania and then the United States, Zainab Merchant moved to Toronto in 2018 and is now a reporter with the New Canadian Media. She is a two-time author and journalism graduate student in her final semester at Harvard University. Her published works have been featured in The Washington Post and several independent media outlets.
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