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Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again?

In the last half-century, waves of budget cuts and consolidations have transformed the CBC into a primarily national broadcaster. Regional directors have relatively smaller budgets and less control over them. Most stand-alone, regionally produced documentary and variety shows have disappeared. — When I was a boy growing up in […]
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As Canadian stations expand local news, experts wonder how successful it will be

TORONTO — A year after Canada’s broadcast regulator demanded that English-language TV stations devote more time to local news, some networks are now doing just that. Bell Media recently announced it’s adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations, and Rogers is expanding its local newscast format […]
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Radical model could be key to creating new community newspapers across Canada

By Nick Fillmore News outlets in Canadian communities are falling like bowling pins. At least 171 media organizations in 138 communities closed between 2008 and this January, according to the Local News Research Project , a project led by Ryerson School of Journalism. By comparison, only 51 new outlets […]
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Why do reporters take the risk to start a media business? These answers might surprise you.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Why do reporters take the risk to start a media business? These answers might surprise you. The business models for journalism startups are not all that complicated after all: Here’s why dozens of reporters got started on their own enterprise. After more than […]
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Torstar hiring 20 reporters as it rebrands, revamps Metro newspapers

Torstar CEO John Boynton says the initiative represents a major investment in journalism for Torstar outside of its Toronto headquarters. Torstar Corp. says it is hiring 20 new reporters in Western Canada and will rebrand and upgrade the digital offerings of its five free daily Metro urban newspapers across […]
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Torstar launches major national expansion

Invests in local newsrooms, introduces StarMetro TORONTO, April 2, 2018 /CNW/ – Torstar Corporation announced today it is launching a major national expansion with a reinvention of its Metro urban commuter newspapers and more robust digital offerings in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax and nationally. The move represents a […]
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Saving Canadian news media: Senate considers solutions for journalism, local news

The morning after the federal government announced its plans to explore philanthropic journalism business models and invest $50 million to support local news coverage in “underserved communities” over the next five years, senators heard from two media stakeholders that the measures are a step in the right direction but […]
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Turning newspapers into charities: A new model for the future?

There are many issues Canadian media organizations need to consider before seeking charitable status. It’s no secret that Canadian newspapers are struggling. Some would say they are dying, the victims of a broken business model—done in by the internet. People in the newspaper industry are looking for a fix, […]
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Canada pledges $50 million to local journalism. Will it help?

The Canadian government has pledged to create a $50 million fund to support local journalism in Canada over the next five years. But the money (which amounts to $39 million US), while welcome in an industry that is badly struggling, may also be too little, too late to make […]
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The good news about trust in the media

There is some good news about the bad news about global trust in journalism: In Canada, trust in journalists has risen significantly, as has trust in traditional media overall. According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer released this week, 61 per cent of Canadians trust journalism – defined as […]
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