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How a national association is building a robust independent media landscape in Canada

How a national association is building a robust independent media landscape in Canada

(Screenshot, Press Forward) Ownership (and profit) in Canadian news media has historically been concentrated in the hands of the few. TorStar (the company behind the Toronto Star), The Globe and Mail (the Thomson family) and Postmedia own 41 of the 74 daily newspapers listed by News Media Canada in […]
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Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

Broadening the funding conversation—and not just the spotlight—on local news

#FollowLocalJournalists. That’s the hashtag on a campaign that Twitter is launching today to encourage its users to do just that. According to Sara Fischer, of Axios , in addition to social-media activity, the campaign is running full-page ads in local papers owned by Gannett (including the Detroit Free Press […]
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Torstar Corporate Executive Announcements

Torstar Corporate Executive Announcements

TORONTO, April 27, 2021 /CNW/ – Torstar announced today a series of executive leadership moves that are effective immediately. Torstar President and CEO John Boynton is moving to the role as Vice Chair, NordStar Capital, the holding company for Torstar, and President, Digital, NordStar. In this new role, Mr. […]
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Local news could disappear if Canada doesn’t stand up to tech giants, Winnipeg newspaper publisher says

Local news could disappear if Canada doesn't stand up to tech giants, Winnipeg newspaper publisher says

Local news in Canada could be in further peril if the federal government doesn’t stand up to tech giants like Facebook and Google, the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press said. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) Days after Canada pledged to make Facebook pay for news content amid an ongoing media […]
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Community journalism has been the priority right from the start

Community journalism has been the priority right from the start

The Observer was launched with community journalism at the forefront, though the founders certainly have a deeper view of what that means. “When we started, we certainly wanted a newspaper that reflected the community that we served. To this day, that has changed,” said publisher Joe Merlihan of the […]
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Weighing different paths to funding local news

Weighing different paths to funding local news

As discussions on how to help save local news continue, new bills and ideas have come to the fore. Independent newspapers are coalescing around the Local Journalism Sustainability Act which proposes direct subsidies (in the form of tax credits) for news subscribers, local journalists and small business advertisers. Sweden […]
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News deserts: Why the decline in local journalism threatens democracy

News deserts: Why the decline in local journalism threatens democracy

While the modern decline in newspaper circulation arguably began with the explosion of television during the 1950s, mainstream journalism has suffered global catastrophic devastation in the wake of internet technology. Canada has not been immune. According to the “ Local News Research Project ” at Ryerson University’s School of […]
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“Post-Journalism” and the Death of News

“Post-Journalism” and the Death of News

Information matters because it sets the stage and arranges the props for the drama of social and political life. It places boundaries on human action. If you think the ship is going to tip over the edge of the world, you are unlikely to sign up for that cruise. […]
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Fake news hampers COVID fight

Fake news hampers COVID fight

Advertisement Advertise With Us FILE Protesters are seen during a rally in opposition to COVID-related health measures outside of Brandon City Hall earlier this year. How do you convince people to take measures against the spread of COVID-19 when they dismiss it as “just a flu?” What about convincing […]
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Stopping misinformation means fixing the relationship between journalism and PR

Article content THE CONVERSATION This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Jaigris Hodson, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University Public relations and journalism exist […]
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