Local news is good for democracy. But with the collapse of community newspapers, many people can’t find in‑depth journalism that accurately reflects their communities and lives. The Discourse is working to change that with a new approach to local news.
Our weekly email newsletters are community newspapers, reimagined. We share news and events that help you stay informed and connected.
We investigate solutions to the issues facing our communities. We untangle complexity. We tell stories with respect and empathy.
We strive to tell stories that represent the diversity of our communities and give voice to those who have been left out of the conversation.
We tell stories with, not about, the communities we serve. We are always asking questions, getting input and working hard to hear from you.
“So often in today’s information-saturated world, I skim read. I approach your stories differently, as they bring me closer to the people in my community. I set aside quiet time to let your words sink in.”
“This article makes me so excited for the future. I feel a sense of awakening and reassurance that maybe we’re headed towards a positive future.”
Discourse Media is on the frontlines of journalism innovation in Canada. Founded in Vancouver, B.C., in 2014, our goal was to reimagine journalism from the ground up: how it is produced and delivered, how it is funded and, most importantly, how it can serve communities.
In 2018, we narrowed in on the local news market, launching our first outlet in the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island. Since then, we have launched new outlets in Nanaimo and on the West Shore. Our journalists are committed to meaningful reporting and shifting journalism practices to better serve the community.
The Discourse is part of Discourse Media’s broader journalism network, which includes IndigiNews, focused on independent Indigenous-centred journalism, and Indiegraf, which supports the growth of indie news entrepreneurs. We are a founding member of Press Forward, Canada’s association for independent media.