Thunder Bay: Local news is important for conversations on reconciliation

By APRIL LINDGREN The Ontario city of Thunder Bay is in the headlines these days for all the wrong reasons. Canada’s highest rates of murder and violent crime. The highest number of hate crimes per capita. Systemic racism embedded in shoddy police investigations. The deaths — many unexplained — of Indigenous students who come to the city for education not available in their remote northern communities…

How Ottawa should spend its $50 million to support local news

March 26, 2018 By APRIL LINDGREN, Ryerson University Who holds officials accountable when cities like Thunder Bay, Ont., rife with political and racial tensions, have no local reporters? (Shutterstock)   There’s $50 million in federal government money on the table in Canada to support local journalism in the country’s under-served …

Instead of mourning local news, try paying for it

By APRIL LINDGREN, Ryerson University Canadians often mourn the loss of their local newspaper. But there’s a disconnect, because few Canadians actually pay for a local news subscription. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)   Expressions of shock, concern and loss were widespread recently after Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. …

Want to understand local news? Make a map

By SAHAR FATIMA Critics have suggested that scholars seeking to advance journalism studies must adopt a more multidisciplinary approach to research, one that looks beyond the strict confines of sociology, history, language studies, political science or cultural analysis. In this article, April Lindgren and Christina Wong argue that the geography …