CAJ launches its fourth annual Newsroom Diversity Survey

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Toronto: The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has reportedly launched for a fourth consecutive year its Newsroom Diversity Survey.

“The 2023 diversity survey set a high-bar as it collected the most comprehensive sample of newsroom demographic data ever compiled in Canadian media history. Our challenge for 2024 is ambitious: to gather more and more data to better understand the progress being made by industry to ensure that newsrooms reflect the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of the communities they serve,” Brent Jolly, CAJ president was reported saying.

Previous versions of the Newsroom Diversity Survey can be found on our website:

6,035 journalists working in 273 newsrooms were included in last year’s survey to gather data.

For some findings from our 2023 survey, please visit:

To strengthen the administration of the survey including hiring a part-time diversity survey officer who works to increase the number of newsrooms participating, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation has generously provided three years of funding. 

A Crown corporation committed to fighting racism in Canada, and with an aim to enable and convening community groups, and organizations through our grants, services and network of public, research and community partners, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation works to strengthen the social fabric of our society.

The deadline for newsrooms to complete the 2024 survey is May 15.

Qlik provided data analysis and visualizations that made the statistics in the 2023 report and the interactive  website possible.

Qlik Sense® is the premier data visualization and discovery tool for using business data to drive business decisions. 

With its aim to develop graduates who understand the evolving media environment, and use journalistic practices to contribute to meaningful public discourse across all forms of media, the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s School of Journalism, Writing and Media has generously supported this year’s edition of the survey by providing the research assistance work of multiple graduate students to help aid the CAJ in its outreach efforts.

This survey was also made possible through the support of numerous generous partners including the News Leaders Association (NLA) and the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec.

To empower journalists at all levels with the training, support and networks they need to lead and transform diverse, sustainable newsrooms, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors joined forces to create NLA

NLA advances the cause of quality professional journalism, and welcomes journalists, news leaders, academics and others to join us as members.

For more information about the Newsroom Diversity Survey please contact: Brent Jolly, CAJ

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.