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Voicenotes from your Media Girlfriends

Remember that moment at work where you didn't say what you should have said? What would you say now? Old and new media girlfriends send voice notes with their stories. Garvia Bailey, arts journalist, host and producer Andree Lau, editor-in-chief, Huffington Post Canada Bee Quammie, freelance writer Rachel Giese, journalist and author Anupa Mistry, arts writer Hadiya Roderique, writer, freelance journalist and researcher Jennifer Hollett, digital strategist and politico FOLLOW...


Tori Allen as a freelancer is a lot like old Tori, just with more babies

Tori Allen is a freelance producer and journalist living in Thailand. We became friends during her eight years at CBC Radio working on Metro Morning, q and DNTO. Last year Tori and I sat in the bunkie of a cottage at our annual Lady Camp trip and talked about how living abroad as a 'trailing spouse' means she constantly reinvents herself for work, something she realizes she has always done. WHAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID A double header of regrets from podcasters and journalists Vicky...


Erica Mandy saw a gap in news podcasts and ran with it

Erica Mandy is a new media girlfriend, from the United States. Originally from Missouri, Erica spent the last 10 years as a TV news reporter, working her way up to daily reporting with CBS Los Angeles. Less than a year ago, Erica quit her job to start The Newsworthy with Erica Mandy, a daily 10 minute news podcast. It has since been featured on various lists, including '12 essential current event podcasts' on Salon and the Itunes New and Notable front page. She explains how she got...


Michelle Parise just barfs her heart out

My longtime work friend Michelle Parise, senior producer at CBC, had a successful first season of her podcast Alone: A Love Story in which she spills her guts about what happened after her husband cheated and her life exploded. It's not all sad. Michelle talks about why she made the podcast, her ex-husband's reaction, and the resurgence of artistic expression in her life. @alonecbc WHAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID TV & radio journalist Zulekha Nathoo talks about an intense car conversation in...


Zulekha Nathoo stays humble in L.A.

I have known Zulekha Nathoo since journalism school. A TV and radio journalist who has interviewed dozens of A-listers including Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington and Priyanka Chopra and covered major events like the Grammys, Oscars and the women’s march, she's also one of the most equally humble and quietly ambitious people I've ever known. In this episode, Zulekha talks about the roots of her humility, living in L.A. with a journalist husband and a 3 year old, and is deeply honest about...


Nicole Amarteifio created An African City as a defense mechanism

NICOLE AMARTEIFIO A Ghanaian-American, Nicole Amarteifio had a successful career in international development working on African government policies. She shifted gears and created a web series featuring young African returnees. It hit a million views within the first several weeks of its release. Hollywood wants her now, and she has a movie coming out. Photo by Mantse Aryeequaye of WHAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID Nneka...


Episode 11: Rachel Giese Says It's Not Always Talent That Rises

Rachel Giese is a writer and editor-at-large Chatelaine magazine who guest hosts on CBC Radio shows like Day 6 and q. She also has an upcoming book on boyhood and masculinity. We talk about her book, who gets hired in Canadian media and how some of the industry's decision-makers think. Reference for this episode: Robert Jago on his work at The Walrus: On cultural appropriation:...


Episode 10: Anupa Mistry Left Toronto For An Awesome Job in New York

It’s former Canada editor at The FADER Anupa Mistry again. Now she's in New York working as creative producer of original content at Vevo. I called to see how she’s doing.


Episode 9: Garvia Bailey Interviewed Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Like A Boss

It's the first Media Girlfriends check-in conversation. Host and producer Garvia Bailey talks about why she was in tears before interviewing novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Nana aba whines about moving house and the first few weeks of her new job. Keep up with Garvia on twitter @garveyschild.


Episode 8: Lorraine Chuen Says Sometimes Love Is Quiet, Sometimes It's Not There At All

Lorraine Chuen made a comic called "Sometimes Love Is Quiet, Sometimes It's Not There At All", about growing up Chinese-Canadian in a small town. She is also the co-founder of Intersectional Analyst, a blog that looks at diversity issues through infographics and data visualizations.


Episode 7: Sajae Elder Just Realized She's A Podcast Producer

Digital content producer Sajae Elder is co-host of Gyalcast, a podcast hosted by a crew of black women from Toronto who make space for honest conversation and a perspective they haven't seen anywhere else. Sajae talks about Gyalcast's organic origin and how she didn't quite realize her work on the podcast makes her its producer.


BONUS EPISODE: Hadiya Roderique Made Herself White On OkCupid

Hadiya Roderique is a lawyer, Walrus-Massey fellow and host on the Canadaland Commons podcast. She wasn't getting the same hits as her white girlfriends on OkCupid so she experimented with her profile picture to see what would happen. She wrote about the results for Walrus magazine.


Episode 6: Bee Quammie Says Canada Should Scrap Its Black History Month

Bee Quammie started her career in healthcare. Now she's a freelance writer and a contributor to CBC TV's the National. In February she told the country we should get rid of Black History Month.


Episode 5: Nneka Elliott Is Glad She Quit Her Good TV Job

After working for over 10 years at CTV, CP24, and The Weather Network, Nneka Elliott quit her job. Now she's getting her life together.


Episode 4: Hannah Sung Talks About Race A Lot

Hannah Sung is a video producer and co-creator of Colour Code, The Globe and Mail's podcast about race, with Denise Balkissoon. It was named one of iTunes' best podcasts of 2016. Hannah talks about the pressure of working on the podcast, being 'the Asian VJ', and the appropriateness of the yellow-face emoji.


Episode 3: Anupa Mistry Tweets Her Mind

Anupa Mistry is a senior editor/Canada editor at THE FADER magazine. She tweets candidly about T-Pain, misogyny and cultural appropriation.


Episode 2: Reshmi Nair And Jenn Hollett Really Like Beyoncé

Reshmi Nair (CBC Television host) and Jenn Hollett (Twitter Canada, head of news & government) really love Beyoncé. They also have different perspectives on ambition.


Episode 1: Nam Kiwanuka & Her Relationship With Doubt

EPISODE 1: Nam Kiwanuka is a host on Canada's TVO and is well known for her work in the 2000s as a VJ for Much Music. In the meantime she has done a TED talk, been the editor of an African business magazine and has had two kids. She and Nana aba are honest with each other about being scared while succeeding, and give each other pep talks on whatsapp when the kids are in bed. In this podcast, Nam talks about how she got where she is, power posing and not being above small jobs to get what she...