Hey, folks. I'm Nick Taylor-Vaisey, CAJ vice-president and part-time liveblogger, and I'm so keen to hear from these panelists.
We're excited, too. See you all at 2:30.
Lee says mainstream Canadian sources are losing their circulation, and having a hard time finding readers. Without partnering with ethnic media, he says, there's no way to survive.
The ethnic population will soon outnumber white Vancouverites, he says.
Lee's ultimate goal is to work more with mainstream partners.
There is a typography of ethnic media, says Ahadi. There are transnational media—e.g. satellite TV—and there are community media.
"I always had trouble with the term ethnic," says Ahadi. "It gives the impression it's outside the mainstream, or alternative."
CAJ board member Manjeet Singh, who runs a South Asian outlet in Montreal, says the term "ethnic" is problematic. The traditional definition, a marginal group of people with common ancestry, doesn't really capture their mandate. His audience is quite large, he says, and soon the "ethnic" population will outnumber traditional Franco and Anglo communities.
Another audience member, from Mexico, says the word "ethnic" is problematic and people try to disassociate themselves from the label when they arrive in Canada.
Ahadi says ethnic media often don't feel comfortable at press conferences, and don't receive the same amount of information as mainstream sources—though that could be changing, slowly.
The sense we're getting at this session is that compartmentalizing "ethnic" media, and shoving it into a corner distinct from all the other news sources, doesn't make much sense. Immigrant populations are growing, they no longer deserve to be marginalized by non-"ethnic" populations.
Lee says his paper consistently outperforms mainstream sources during political campaigns. But political parties never invite him to anything—by mistake, once, he says.
Lee has no problem getting access to politicians, but says his readers don't care much for Canadian politics.
Question from the audience: Should there be more immigration or immigrant-related sections in Canadian newspapers?
Good idea, Lee says, "but the question is how."
Mainstream reporters have limited contact in the Korean community, he says. Few reporters can pull it off, and bias is an issue.
Tamara asks: Do third-language papers have viable futures?
Ahadi says there are ventures run by the "1.5 generation"—people who weren't born in Canada but grew up in Canada—whose content is more relevant than ventures run by other publications that are run by an older generation of immigrants who immigrated as adults.
Lee launched a magazine in English. Its audience is newcomers, international students; people who've lived here for a number of years and want to know what's happening in Vancouver. He's hoping it can provide the future of his business. Great point to end on!
That's it from here. Thanks for tuning in!