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The Discourse provides community-powered journalism to underserved communities.

What we do.

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.

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    Keeping you connected

    Our weekly email newsletters are community newspapers, reimagined. We share news and events that help you stay informed and connected.

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    Beyond daily news

    We investigate solutions to the issues facing our communities. We untangle complexity. We tell stories with respect and empathy.

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    Challenging the status quo

    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.

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    Always listening

    We tell stories with, not about, the communities we serve. We are always asking questions, getting input and working hard to hear from you.

Our work.

Cold water swimmers join hands before they brave the plunge at Departure Bay on Jan. 9.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

In photos: Locals find strength and community in cold water dips at Departure Bay

On a frosty Sunday morning, cold water swimmers explain how overcoming frigid temperatures can become a source of well-being.
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Vigil for bear henry
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Family and friends gather strength through ceremony to continue their search for Bear Henry

A group gathered for a vigil in Beacon Hill Park on a cold morning in early December.
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Cree author’s poetry book meant to empower Indigenous kids
Okanagan

Cree author’s poetry book meant to empower Indigenous kids

The Way Creator Sees You by Shayla Raine is intended to help children embrace their Indigenous heritage and features
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Tarps, tents and supplies are spread around the city-owned Bastion Street bridge and parkade. Photo courtesy of the City of Nanaimo
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Reporter’s Notebook: Eviction at Bastion Street bridge

After the city removed a truckload of tarps and other cold-weather supplies from the encampment, advocates point to solutions.
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The three founders of Alderhill planning are standing together and smiling.
Okanagan

Meet the sqilxw women who are decolonizing the workplace

The founders of Alderhill Planning open up about healing, patriarchy and the importance of celebrating success as Indigenous women
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A rapid test for COVID-19, used more during the Omicron wave
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Analysis: It’s time to prepare for Omicron disruptions

Good information and planning will ease the pandemic's impacts on families, schools, businesses and health-care systems.
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Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Analysis: Omicron’s biggest threat is to our weakened public health system

Thinking about risk individually won’t cut it, now more than ever. Are we up to the challenge?
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Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown presents a cheque to Snuneymuxw Chief Mike Wyse, they stand side by side with smiles on their faces.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

Locally made orange shirts support ‘children of the future and children of the past’

How Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown collaborated with local leaders to produce 100 orange shirts in genuine support of local kids.
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Four people huddle around a propane fireplace, viewed from above.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

After Nanaimo’s only warming centre suddenly closed, this organization stepped up

Within hours, RISEBRIDGE brought the community together to provide a low-barrier emergency warming centre, maintain fragile relationships and rebuild trust.
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A pile of blue disposable masks, worn to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

Reporter’s notebook: As COVID cases rise, here’s what you need to know

How Omicron is changing the game and what that means for holiday travel and gatherings.
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A birds eye view of two students in the School Water Stewards program as they look closely at a white buckets of stream water to assess its health.
Nanaimo Vancouver Island

These elementary school students are restoring neighbourhood waterways

School Water Stewards program helps students foster connection and responsibility to local streams, marshes and lakes.
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dave polster restoration flooding
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

B.C.’s historic floods bring urgency to ecological restoration work

People can help build resilient forests by mimicking nature, says local expert Dave Polster.
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find a doctor cowichan
Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island

New centralized waitlist connects Cowichan residents with family doctors

Here’s how to register and where to go for health care in the meantime.
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sangster student holiday concert
Vancouver Island West Shore

Sangster students shine at outdoor holiday concert

The Colwood community came together for the students’ first live performance in two years.
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City of Kelowna has 'no sense of urgency' to deal with racism, say Black artists who are working to make the city more inclusive
Okanagan

City of Kelowna has no sense of urgency to deal with racism say Black artists

“This is a city where it's easier for somebody to put out a universal symbol of anti-Black racism than it is for Black people to get space to curate their own show,” says Trophy Ewila.
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What people are saying.

“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.”

Pamela Williams
Community member, The Discourse Cowichan

“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.”

Deepak Sharma
Community member, The Discourse
The Discourse

About us.

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.

👉🏾 These are the 10 principles that guide our business and editorial decisions.

Local Journalism Initiative
McConnell Foundation
SheEO
Media Lab OFC
Marigold Capital
Inspirit Foundation
Facebook Journalism Project