A new kind of journalism
Efforts to diversify both legacy and independent newsrooms have largely failed, and Canadian media remains predominantly white, especially at the leadership level. This leaves Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities vastly underrepresented and their stories frequently misrepresented in the news.
The Resolve will change this by creating a platform for Black, Indigenous and people of colour journalists to tell their own stories directly to BIPOC audiences — not filtered through a white lens.
The Resolve will reflect the real-life experiences of Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities — the highs and the lows, the challenges and the successes, the sorrows and the joys. The Resolve will dive deeper, explain complex issues and look to solutions.
Black Lives Matter, the reckoning of Canada’s residential schools and so many other events have brought tough conversations about race to the mainstream in 2021. Canadians are ready for a platform like The Resolve.
“The Resolve” is loosely inspired by a quote from Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first Black woman publisher in North America, and the first woman newspaper publisher in Canada, where she wrote about the need for less rhetoric and more action: “we have made but a little progress considering our resolves … We should do more and talk less.”
Who is behind The Resolve?
Matthew DiMera is an award-winning editor and journalist currently living in Toronto, and is the Founder of The Resolve.
Most recently they were the Managing Editor at Xtra where they drove new and innovative digital-only editorial and engagement strategies, and the Acting Editor-in-Chief at rabble.ca where they led strategy for an editorial refocusing and relaunch.
The Resolve is also supported by advisors including Anita Li, journalism consultant, Melinda Kachina Bige, advocate and academic, and JP Larocque, filmmaker and journalist. The Canadian Association of Black Journalists, Indiegraf and C4C Canada are also supporting The Resolve as partners.