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How Indiegraf helped launch six local news outlets during COVID-19’s first wave

The reality sank in for Brandi Schier, owner, publisher and managing editor of Sun Peaks Independent News, on March 16. Sun Peaks Resort, the pillar of the town’s local economy, announced it would close for the season 48 hours later. Sun Peaks is a small but fast-growing mountain town […]
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‘One fire away’: Why Ontario communities are digitizing their newspapers

Cornwall’s Standard-Freeholder archives exist largely on microfilm. (Courtesy of the Cornwall Community Museum) In the spring of 2017, Allan J. MacDonald set out to preserve fragile copies of Glengarry County’s newspapers in a more permanent location: the internet. With 25 years of experience at the Archives of Ontario behind […]
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New Association Aims to Strengthen Independent Journalism in Canada

Press Forward unites independent journalism organizations to transform the media landscape through innovation, advocacy and inclusivity. TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2020 /CNW/ – Today marks the official launch of Press Forward, a new national association that aims to unify, elevate and advocate for independent journalism organizations in Canada. Press Forward […]
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Now we need to rebuild local newsrooms

After nearly four years swimming through a tangled morass of chaos, misinformation, and an executive power hostile to its purpose, the US media is coming up for air. The world beyond a Trump presidency promises the luxury of spare time and attention. That’s good news. But the Trump administration […]
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‘Saving the journalism industry will require community support’

With American technology companies Facebook and Google collecting around 80 per cent of digital advertising revenue in Canada, some media companies are pushing against their “monopolistic” practices for a fairer playing field. – Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star At least 250 Canadian newspapers have shut down since 2013. […]
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‘Saving the journalism industry will require community support’

With American technology companies Facebook and Google collecting around 80 per cent of digital advertising revenue in Canada, some media companies are pushing against their “monopolistic” practices for a fairer playing field. – Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star At least 250 Canadian newspapers have shut down since 2013. […]
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In search of the next generation of local media owners

Though a deepening economic crisis continues to plague the local news landscape in the United States, the NewStart initiative has set out to ensure that one aspect is not overlooked: there are some profitable newspapers in the country whose owners are looking to sell. The NewStart local news ownership […]
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DIAS: We need a Canadian model to save Canadian journalism

Facebook and Google icons AFP via Getty Images / Toronto Sun Just when Canadians need strong news outlets to guide them through the pandemic’s second wave, those same outlets are facing extinction. The sharp revenue drop resulting from COVID-19 comes after years of Google and Facebook, cornering the market […]
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