Vinita Srivastava

Journalist, Podcast Producer, and Editor

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I am a multimedia producer, editor and writer – specializing in looking at new ways to innovate, create and direct media, both culturally and technically.

I've done this a few times launching:

  • Don't Call Me Resilient weekly news podcast, Executive Producer and Host.
  • The Conversation Canada,Day 1 staff, Culture + Society editor.
  • *BrownSugarOnline, the first online magazine for South Asian diaspora women, launched post-9/11 (20,000 unique monthly visitors).
  • the Asia Pacific Forum, a pan-Asian radio show, co-hosted at WBAI, Radio Pacifica, NYC.
  • Masala Mixx,weekly radio show, co-hosted at CKLN.

I am also currently a research associate of the Global Journalism Innovation Lab at the University of British Columbia.

I lead workshops and speak about the power of small changes in daily media production for inclusive newsrooms and news reporting.

I've spent most of my 25+ year media career in NYC and Toronto working for both alternative and mainstream media, including Spin, Vibe and the New York Times Magazine.

My media career began with an internship at the Village Voicei n NYC where I reported from some of the most interesting and diverse communities in North America. My success was in part thanks to some supportive journalists I met, the real gold of my career.

10 years later, I came back to Toronto as a professor of multimedia journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University.

I loved my students and I presented my research on racism and media at the elite gatekeeper conferences – the International Communication Association and the Canadian Communication Association.

I developed the school's first multimedia reporting classes. I started Verse City, a multiyear project for marginalized youth. We ran five-day media camps and weekly workshops. We published youth work with CBC, the United Way and others.

Later, I started Global360, a story-telling studio. My clients included: Fashion Takes Action, the Documentary Organization of Canada, New Canadian Media, City of Toronto, InSync Media

I have also edited and written for Spin, Vibe, Savoy, Border/Lines, Xtra, Impact, Men’s Vogue, O, the Oprah Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Dyke TV, A. the Asian American Magazine, and Essence.

  • Education
    • Msc International Affairs, The New School
    • Gender Studies, University of Toronto