On Wednesday, August 19, Toronto Star editor-in-chief Irene Gentle sent a memo to her newsroom, announcing that columnist Shree Paradkar was being appointed to a part-time post as the paper’s first-ever “internal ombud.”
“This role will provide a safe place for BIPOC journalists and all journalists to express editorial-related discrimination and bias concerns if they don’t feel comfortable bringing it to their manager directly,” Gentle wrote in the message, later published on J-Source. Such concerns, she explained, could involve the framing and presentation of articles, headlines, photos, captions, social media posts, and even assignments.
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