08 April 2020

News Media Canada calls for Local Journalism Initiative applications for short-term projects

News Media Canada, the voice of the print and digital news media industry in Canada, is calling today for new applications to its Local Journalism Initiative program. Applications are being sought for short-term projects, including freelance and contract positions from Quebec French media, English media from the rest of Canada, and Indigenous media across the country. All projects in this round should be completed by March 31, 2021.

Print and digital news media are eligible to apply for funding to News Media Canada. Applications are due on April 22, 2020. More specifically, and considering previous grant allocations, the program is looking for approximately 37 positions, including:
  • 5 in British Columbia,
  • 4 in the prairies,
  • 2 in Ontario,
  • 17 in Quebec, and
  • 9 for Indigenous Media—that is, media published by and for Indigenous communities, anywhere in Canada.
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News Media Canada announces additional Local Journalism Initiative host news organizations

News Media Canada today announced the approval of an additional 63 journalists at 53 host news organizations under the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative. This second round of journalists brings the total number of Local Journalism Initiative reporters across the country to 168.

News Media Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) program provides funding to grant recipients to hire reporters to create new journalistic content covering civic issues and institutions of importance to Canadians. Eligible applicants included press agencies, private news organizations, and non-profit news organizations. For a full list of grant recipients, click here.

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This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet a été rendu possible grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

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