Funding Journalism: A Guide for Canadian Philanthropy

Quality journalism is a pillar of democracy. It provides trustworthy information and holds power to account. Now more than ever, we know that media influences dominant narratives that drive public conversations and policies that affect our lives. At its best, independent journalism can give voice to underrepresented narratives and create a forum where people from diverse backgrounds can engage in informed and constructive dialogue across lines of difference. While journalism’s contributions to a healthy society are widely recognized, funding journalism is still uncharted territory in Canadian philanthropy.
Funding Journalism: A Guide for Canadian Philanthropy” contains practical information and tools for foundations interested in funding journalism.

Talk now, avoid conflict later: Openness and transparency are essential as philanthropic support for journalism becomes more widespread

There is growing recognition in the philanthropic sector that journalism produced in the public interest is part of the critical infrastructure of communities.
News organizations in this country are increasingly in need of more diverse revenue sources as advertising dollars disappear. Philanthropic support is one of those new revenue sources…

The role of philanthropy in the world of journalism

“Philanthropic Support for Journalism: A Canadian Roadmap” is a project of the Local News Research Project (LNRP) that investigates the potential for Canadian foundations and other sources of charitable giving to shore up journalism. In this podcast, the challenges and opportunities associated with philanthropy as a revenue source for news organizations are discussed…

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We mapped all the media impacts of COVID-19 in Canada

By STEPH WECHSLER From pay cuts to layoffs, print reductions to closures, thousands across the industry are hit hard by the pandemic More than 100 media outlets in Canada have made cuts in 11 provinces and territories in a six-week period, with nearly 50 community newspapers shuttering. Upwards of 2,000 …

Thunder Bay, Ontario

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…

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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 …

Newspaper pile

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. …

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Want to understand local news? Make a map

By SAHAR FATIMACritics 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 of …

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