Rigorous journalism can save us from fake news – The Star

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2018138 Views

What role should the government play in ensuring trusted and independent news survives in Canada?

March 7, 2018

“Journalists are like firefighters: you may not need them every day, but you want to know they’re there to protect you.” Veteran journalist, Edward Greenspon used this analogy at a recent Senate Open Caucus meeting held to discuss threats to traditional journalism in Canada.

Media panellists and Senators from across the country debated the central question: Should governments support rigorous independent journalism, beyond public broadcasting, in the face of its economic decline?

Traditional media revenues are in free fall, as subscriber fees dwindle, paywalls prove inadequate and ad revenues migrate to Google and Facebook. Gaps in coverage are growing in critical areas like local journalism (costly) and courtroom coverage (time-consuming). Indigenous communities are the hardest hit, with the least available funding sources and the toughest road to train reporters.

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