New online rolodex for journalists

    Dozens of diverse subject-matter experts available on a broad range of

    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - GTA journalists looking for diverse perspectives
in their reporting now have a new online rolodex to source subject-matter
experts. Together with the Toronto City Summit Alliance (TCSA), Maytree has
just launched DiverseCity Voices, a free online rolodex listing diverse
experts who can speak on issues ranging from human rights to the economy.
    "For a long time now, the Greater Toronto Area has been welcoming people
from around the world with the promise of opportunity and prosperity,"
explains Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree. "We live in one of the most
diverse regions in the world. But while there is no absence of diverse voices
in the media on such issues as immigration, multiculturalism or diversity,
these voices are absent on a wider range of issues. With the launch of
DiverseCity Voices, we make it easier for journalists to connect with diverse
experts across a variety of subject areas. It is now up to the media to go
beyond the 'same old' sources to report news in the GTA that reflects the
region it serves."
    DiverseCity Voices is one of eight initiatives of DiverseCity: The
Greater Toronto Leadership Project. The project's main goal is to transform
the leadership landscape in the GTA by enabling a new group of diverse leaders
to emerge. The goal of the Voices initiative is to identify diverse
subject-matter experts across a variety of subject areas and connect them with
journalists to enrich the quality of print, radio and television news in the
    Journalists and candidates can register free at

    ABOUT MAYTREE: Maytree is a private foundation that promotes equity and
prosperity through its policy insights, grants and programs. In particular, it
focuses on creating diversity in the workplace, in the boardroom and in public
office, changing the face of leadership in the Greater Toronto Area and

coalition of civic leaders who develop and support initiatives addressing
issues critical to the future health and wealth of the Toronto region. Since
its inception in 2002, over 6,000 volunteers have been involved in TCSA
initiatives aimed at, among other things, better integrating skilled
immigrants (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, with Maytree),
promoting affordable housing (Make Housing Happen), and realizing a regional
environmental vision (Greening Greater Toronto).

For further information:

For further information: Tina Edan, Manager, Leadership and Learning,
Maytree, (416) 944-2627 x245,; Markus Stadelmann-Elder,
Communications Manager, Maytree, (416) 944-2627 x284,

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