News Media Canada welcomes renewal of the Local Journalism Initiative

Canada’s news publishers today welcomed news from the federal government that the Local Journalism Initiative will be renewed.

The programme places more than 400 reporters at nearly 300 media outlets in 1400 communities across Canada.

“The Local Journalism Initiative is a world-leading programme that is vital in funding original local civic journalism in underserved communities across Canada, and we commend Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage for ensuring it continues,” said Paul Deegan, president and chief executive officer of News Media Canada.

“One of its unique features is that content produced is made available to other media organizations through a Creative Commons license, so that Canadians can be better informed.”

Mr. Deegan added, “Given the LJI’s success, we hope the provinces and territories will consider introducing similar programmes – something the state of California has done with the California Local News Fellowship.”