Back in 2017, the first printed broadsheet issue of the West End Phoenix hit the streets in Toronto's west end, to bring locally reported stories to the community.
Launched as a monthly print publication, the Phoenix stands out as a unique venture in an increasingly digital world. The publication currently has about 2,000 subscribers (with a stretch goal of 10,000) that a dedicated group of volunteers deliver to each month.
The paper is also financed by fundraising, events, and growing patron/corporate support. Most of the stories are written by freelancers and there is also a group of high school interns who produce a regular Young Phoenix page.
Read more about the West End Phoenix in a Lensfest Institute article online here.