April Lindgren is the principal investigator for the Local News Research Project at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Journalism. Her research focuses on local news poverty, a term she uses to describe situations where the critical information needs of communities are not being addressed by local media. She spearheaded creation of the crowd-sourced Local News Map, an ongoing project that tracks the launch – and loss – of local news organizations in Canada.

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Jon Corbett is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, the director of the SpICE Lab (Spatial Information for Community Engagement) and all round map geek. All aspects of his research include a core community element; this means that the research is of tangible benefit for the communities with whom he works and that those communities feel a strong sense of ownership over the research process.

Jon Corbett in hiking outfit

Jaigris Hodson is the program lead of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. Her research focuses on the ways social media can help and hinder democratic communication efforts in Canada.

Jaigris Hodson in a red blazer posing and smiling to camera

Christina Wong is the data analyst, GIS technician and website administrator for the Local News Research Project and the Local News Data Hub. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis from Toronto Metropolitan University.

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