The Local Journalism Initiative will provide funding for news organizations to hire reporters in underserved communities or news deserts across Canada, helping broaden availability and consumption of local and regional content on matters of civic governance.
Applications will be approved by a judging panel of independent experts from the news media industry. Successful applicants will be responsible for hiring LJI reporters in consultation with News Media Canada.
LJI reporters will work for newspapers, community radio, community television and online news services. They will be trained and/or experienced journalists who can respond quickly and accurately to news as it develops, and dig deep into stories on civic institutions and issues. LJI reporters will cover civic institutions such as courthouses, city halls, band councils, school boards, federal Parliament or provincial legislatures. Their stories will help citizens know what's going on where they live and will be shared with accredited media organizations across the country. LJI reporters are required to adhere to journalistic standards and have strong knowledge of Canadian Press style.