Voices: Radio Journalism Workshop Series with Pacinthe Mattar


“Voices” is a 5 session journalism-training workshop for young Muslim women who aspire to be media makers and have your voices heard! The workshop will be led by a Muslim women journalist, Pacinthe Mattar from the CBC’s The Current, who will share with you her story of becoming a journalist, expertise, provide skills and inspiration, give you journalism ‘prompts’ to develop and hone your talents and advise you on your journey. Journalism skills that will be taught include, but are not limited to, researching, interviewing, writing, and digital storytelling. Once you have developed your piece, we will have a technical expert to come in and help you with the technical creation of each of your pieces into a radio piece.

“Voices” is a FREE workshop and is open to anyone (16 – 26) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, ancestral connections.

Check out what a former Voices participant had to share about the program

As participants, you will have access to:
• TTC tokens
• Childcare (upon 48 hour request)
• Language Interpreters (including ASL) available
• Opportunity to be published

Workshop dates :
Jan 18th 1 to 4pm – Learning skills and tools for journalism
Jan. 25th 1 to 4pm – Learning skills and tools for journalism
Feb. 1st – Technical creation (digital, radio, etc.)
Feb. 15th – 1 to 4pm Editing
Feb. 22nd – 1 to 4pm – Final touches

Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact us at 416-323-9149 ext 268 or outburst@schliferclinic.com.


About the journalist: Pacinthe Mattar came to the CBC in 2009 after a lifetime of growing up between the suburbs of North York, the heat of Saudi Arabia, and the humidity of Dubai, where she began as a contributor to a career magazine published across the Middle East. She was the University of Toronto at Mississauga’s valedictorian, graduating in 2008 with a degree in Political Science in French before enrolling in Ryerson’s Master of Journalism programme. There, Pacinthe created a documentary on the niqab that has since been screened at various venues in Toronto. She started as an associate producer with CBC Newsworld, and moved to As It Happens in February of 2011, where she helped cover the uprisings across the Arab world including her native Egypt, occasionally providing on-air translation for Arabic interviews and bursting into a mess of happy tears of joy when Hosni Mubarak resigned. She joined The Current in August of 2011.

“Voices” Journalism Workshop for Young Muslim Women is one of several workshop series by Outburst! Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research.

Funding for Outburst! Young Muslim Women Safety Project is provided by the Canadian Woman’s Foundation.