News Media Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative program renewed

News Media Canada is pleased to announce the renewal of its Local Journalism Initiative program. The association received approval from the Minister of Canadian Heritage today as an Administrator Organization for the remaining three years of the five-year Initiative.

Application forms and guidelines for the 2021-2022 cycle will be available on the News Media Canada website by the end of the week. Publishers are encouraged to prepare for the application process by developing the concept for their proposed LJI project, including:

  • The underserved community—news desert or area of news poverty—that you propose to cover, and why;
  • Civic issues and institutions to be covered;
  • Amount of funding you will be requesting for salary or wages—Note: a small amount may also be requested for the lease or purchase of equipment for the journalist’s use.

The Call for Applications bulletin will be issued by the end of the week, with links to application materials and more details about the process.

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