News Media Canada announces Local Journalism Initiative host news organizations

News Media Canada has announced that it will fund 105 journalists at 94 host news organizations across Canada under the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.

News Media Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program will provide funding to grant recipients to hire reporters to create new journalistic content covering civic issues and institutions of importance to Canadians.

A total of 155 applications were received from News Media Canada’s initial call for entries in November and adjudicated by an independent panel of industry experts in early December. Eligible applicants included press agencies, private news organizations, and non-profit news organizations. For a full list of grant recipients, click here.

Thirty-four journalists will be working at daily newspapers, 59 at community newspapers and 12 at digital news media.

The LJI judging panel approved funding for:

  • 4 journalists for Indigenous media
  • 15 journalists in British Columbia
  • 29 journalists in the Prairies
  • 36 journalists in Ontario
  • 3 journalists in Quebec
  • 16 journalists in the Atlantic provinces
  • 2 journalists in the Territories

Stories produced by LJI reporters will be made available to media organizations and the public via an online portal managed by The Canadian Press.

“We were pleased that our first call for applications for the Local Journalism Initiative drew an excellent response,” said John Hinds, president and CEO of News Media Canada. “We believe this will make a significant contribution to the industry and help strengthen civic journalism across Canada, and we look forward to our next round of applications.”

In January, News Media Canada will announce a second call for applications, particularly for French-language media in Quebec, as well as additional journalists in Ontario and in Indigenous media organizations across the country.

Created and funded by the Government of Canada, the Local Journalism Initiative is a five-year program that supports the creation of original civic journalism relevant to the diverse needs of people living in news deserts and areas of news poverty across Canada. News Media Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative program is open to English, French, and Indigenous print and online media across Canada.

The Initiative will provide funding for host newsrooms to hire reporters, supporting accurate and reliable civic journalism in underserved communities. Local Journalism Initiative coverage will help ensure the vitality of democracy, better inform citizens, engage community and foster civic debate, connecting Canadians with their local governments, in their councils, courts and other civic institutions.

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For more information, please contact:

Tina Ongkeko
Director, Local Journalism Initiative
News Media Canada