Anita Li

fondatrice The Green Line (via video)

Anita Li is a journalist, news entrepreneur, media consultant and educator. Currently, she is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Green Line, an award-winning community-driven and solutions-focused news outlet in Toronto.

Anita is the Journalism Innovator-in-Residence at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). She previously taught media executives and news entrepreneurs at the City University of New York's Craig Newmark Graduate School of journalism.

Anita has over two decades of experience as a multi-platform journalist in three markets: Toronto, New York City and Ottawa. She started her career as a reporter and editor at Canadian legacy outlets, including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC and CTV. After that, she worked in strategic, management-level roles at American digital media publications, such as Complex, Fusion and Mashable. Anita was also director of communities at The Discourse. As a writer and reporter, she has been published in New York Magazine, Poynter, The Walrus and other publications across North America.

Anita is an expert in community-driven journalism, audience engagement, news entrepreneurship, emerging media business models, newsroom diversity, media ethics and journalism innovation; she's spoken on these topics in press interviews and at conferences worldwide. Anita has also been a consultant and coach for a range of journalism outlets and institutions, including CBC, American Press Institute, Journalists for Human Rights, Pink Triangle Press, Carleton University, Indiegraf, Meta Journalism Project's Sustainability Accelerator and more.

Anita is a member of the board of directors for LION (Local Independent Online News) Publishers and formerly the Online News Association, as well as an alum of the inaugural 2016 Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. She also co-founded Canadian Journalists of Colour, a rapidly growing network of racialized media-makers in Canada, in 2018. To keep up with Anita, subscribe to The Other Wave, her innovation newsletter about challenging the status quo in journalism.

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