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Postmedia’s death will be a catastrophe — and nobody knows what to do about it

Postmedia's death will be a catastrophe — and nobody knows what to do about it

There’s a civic disaster brewing in Canada with its news industry. The public doesn’t understand it. Policy makers dare not speak its name. Many close observers think it is quite likely Postmedia will go into bankruptcy, or some kind of bankruptcy protection, within the next year — if not […]
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Newspaper publishers ask Ottawa for $350 million a year to save print journalism

Newspaper publishers ask Ottawa for $350 million a year to save print journalism

Aaron Lynett/National Post files Newspaper publishers, crippled by the digital content revolution that is destroying their business model, have banded together to ask Ottawa to create a $350-million fund to aid the print and online media industry. The Canadian Journalism Fund would reimburse newspaper and web-based journalism providers 35 […]
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Port Hope council defers vegetation policy

PORT HOPE – A proposal to control vegetation alongside roads in Port Hope was deferred by council Tuesday, following a public outcry. The Roadside Vegetation Control Levels of Service policy sets standards and maintenance for plants, bushes and trees addresses public safety concerns related to visibility of signs and […]
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Don’t forget about journalism in rural Canada

Re: Should the government step in to save journalism?, June 6 Should the government step in to save journalism?, June 6 The debate between Torstar chair John Honderich and Postmedia columnist Andrew Coyne about whether the government should step in to “save journalism” raises many points vital to the […]
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Community news and the changing landscape of journalism in Canada: What we heard

Community news and the changing landscape of journalism in Canada: What we heard

Ethics are a critical concern for community newspapers in a time of digital upheaval/Petapixel Note: A version of this piece first appeared in the Spring edition of our member newsletter. Please consider subscribing to it here . From Tumbler Ridge, B.C., to Wawa, ON, newspapers all over the country […]
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Local News Journalism Conference: Does Local News Matter? Tales From the Trenches

Local News Journalism Conference: Does Local News Matter? Tales From the Trenches

Moderator: Asmaa Malik, Ryerson UniversityKristy Hess, Deakin UniversityLocal news is gaining increasing traction in academic scholarship on a global scale as news media reassess their place in the digital terrain. Understanding local journalism and why it matters is an important component to broader understandings of news and journalism. Hess […]
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Local News Journalism Conference: Understanding Local Journalism: An Overview

Local News Journalism Conference: Understanding Local Journalism: An Overview

**Event is free and open to both registrants and non-registrants**RCC 204, Rogers Communications CentreModerator: Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads UniversityApril Lindgren, Ryerson UniversityThese are challenging times for local news media in Canada. Local broadcast and print newsrooms have been hit by cutbacks, consolidations and closures and many digital-first news sites […]
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Taproot Edmonton Creates Community Based News Site

Taproot Edmonton Creates Community Based News Site

For many years, a regular topic of discussion between Mack Male, a longtime blogger, community organizer and software developer, and Karen Unland, a former journalist turned entrepreneur, would often revolve around the difficulties being faced by local media in Canada. But when cuts made by Postmedia in early 2016 […]
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Ten Ways to Build a New Canadian Media Ecosystem

Ten Ways to Build a New Canadian Media Ecosystem

It’s time for Canada to get serious about strengthening digital media enterprises that are trying to do things differently. [Editor’s note: This article was first published by Policy Options , as part of its special feature The Future of Canadian Journalism .] “Ailing,” “beleaguered” and “being murdered” — according […]
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