Local Journalism Initiative

In some parts of Canada, residents do not have access to journalism about community issues and institutions through local newspapers, community radio, television or other news media. These gaps in coverage mean that citizens do not have necessary information about news, issues and events that affect them and their day-to-day lives.

The Local Journalism Initiative aims to change that.

Call for Applications: 2024-2025 Local Journalism Initiative

News Media Canada invites print and digital news media organizations to submit applications for new project funding.
For the application form and more information, click HERE.

The Local Journalism Initiative supports the creation of original civic journalism that is relevant to the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada, broadening availability and consumption of local and regional news on matters of civic governance.

Launched by the Government of Canada in 2019, the Local Journalism Initiative provides news organizations with funding to hire reporters to cover underserved communities.

View stories and other content created by LJI reporters.

The Local Journalism Initiative is administered by seven independent non-governmental organizations, representing different segments of the news media industry. To apply, contact the Administrator Organization that serves your particular segment of the industry.


Click here to find out how the Local Journalism Initiative works, what an underserved community is, who administers the LJI, where and how to apply, and more.


LJI reporters work for newspapers, online news services, and community radio and television. Their stories help citizens know what’s going on where they live.


Click here for information on eligibility criteria, how to become a host news organization, frequently asked questions, a glossary and other resources.


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