Candid talk from working journalists on the choices they make to do their best work and keep their focus in challenging times.

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Andrea Houstoninterim managing editor, Torontoist


Interim managing editor of Torontoist, Andrea Houston is a journalist, human rights advocate and community organizer. As a journalist, she has covered a range of issues affecting LGBTQ people on local, provincial, national and international levels. She has written for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, Ricochet, the Peterborough Examiner, and Xtra, Canada’s gay and lesbian news. More recently, she worked for Ontario’s first LGBTQ critic, MPP Cheri DiNovo at Queen’s Park, creating legislation to make the province safer and more accepting for queer and trans people. Andrea has a journalism diploma from Humber College and an honours degree in English and theatre from York University.

Shree Paradkar, columnist, digital editor, Toronto Star


Toronto Star columnist and digital editor Shree Paradkar tackles issues of race and gender. She is the author of Betrayed: My cousin’s wrongful conviction for the murder of her daughter, Aarushi. She has been a journalist in Bangalore, Mumbai, Singapore and Toronto.

Matt Braga, technology reporter, CBC News


Matt Braga is senior technology reporter at CBC News. A former RSJ instructor, he was previously the Canadian editor of Motherboard, Vice Media’s science and technology website. Before that, he was a business and technology reporter for the Financial Post. Matthew has worked on investigations with reporters at The Globe and Mail and CBC News, and has been published by Bloomberg Businessweek, Hazlitt, The Walrus, and The Atlantic, amongst others.

Lenny Carpenter, program manager, Indigenous Reporters Program, Journalists for Human Rights


As manager of Journalists for Human Rights’ Indigenous Reporters Program, Lenny Carpenter works to improve the quality and quantity of Indigenous voices and stories in Canadian media. Lenny, a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, is a journalist and filmmaker from the James Bay community of Moosonee. Before joining JHR, he worked as a reporter and editor and,  finally, as the publisher of Wawatay News.