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The rise of audience-funded journalism in Canada

Insights from the frontlines where entrepreneurial media are filling the gap in public service journalism.

In the fall of 2018, The Discourse asked: Where is there growth in local media? Who are these new players and are they having an impact? How can we accelerate the growth of what’s working? We found an emerging sub-sector of the news industry, growing in communities underserved by other media, that is innovative, dynamic, fast-growing, and positioned to have a disproportionate impact on the Canadian news ecosystem. The details of what we learned are captured in our report, “The rise of audience-funded journalism in Canada.”

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Our ultimate objective in producing this report is to advance the field and make recommendations for how we can develop a sustainable and diverse journalism industry that contributes to a healthy democracy.