The news media in Canada is in crisis. Policy responses to date are failing to solve for the information that citizens need to make informed decisions about important issues and debates. The Future of News series brings together leading practitioners, scholars, and thinkers to imagine new business models, policy responses, and journalistic content that can support a dynamic future for news in Canada.
David Horovitz discusses what caused him to co-found the fast-growing site in 2012, and the challenges of producing real-time journalism in the four months since Hamas's terrorist attacks against Israel.
Journalist Sam Cooper left Global to found The Bureau, an online news outlet focussing on domestic and international intelligence stories, which he launched on Substack in June of last year. Since then, the new media outlet has been making a name for itself among fans of long-form, hard-hitting investigative journalism.
Former Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore discusses his experience as the minister responsible for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and his perspective about the future of the public broadcaster.
Founded in 2017 by writer and musician Dave Bidini, the West End Phoenix has become a monthly fixture in Toronto’s west end. At a time when community newspapers are folding and larger print publications are in decline, how has this relatively new print paper managed to thrive in Canada’s largest city?
Steve Paikin, the host of TVO's The Agenda, joins host Sean Speer to discuss how journalism has evolved over the course of his career, the opportunities and challenges of working for a public broadcaster, and what he thinks about the future of the news media.
Whether the entrenched players like it or not, surely a journalist is anyone with the capability and inclination to uncover and honestly distribute the news, information, and stories the public has a right to know.
Canadian Senator and former journalist Paula Simons discusses recent developments in the news media, the potential role of public policy to support the industry, and the future of journalism in Canada.
What is needed is for the government to define what it expects the CBC to deliver in a way that is both clear and doable. The United Kingdom does this through the Royal Charter, which is, in effect, a contract between the BBC and the government. It specifies what the BBC will do over the next ten years, along with a commitment for funding. It is a mandate with teeth.
A review of the CBC should test the basic idea of a public broadcaster itself by returning to the initial case for government intervention in news and entertainment and judging whether it’s still applicable. The most important question shouldn’t be “What is the CBC?” but rather “Do we still need the CBC?”
The federal government’s mission to prop up the dying (or dead) legacy media is plainly misguided. By doubling the media bailout, they continue to make the innovative new media companies less competitive relative to the legacy media incumbents.
This episode of Hub Dialogues features Amy Mitchell, the founding executive director of the Center for News, Technology & Innovation, on how information and technology are transforming journalism, the role of public policy in supporting the sector, and how we can ultimately cultivate a pluralistic and diverse media ecosystem.
Things have gone from bad to worse to sideways in Canada’s news media. Instead of the patchwork quilt we have seen recently of bailouts and forced subsidies, a coherent strategy is needed to assist our news media in charting a viable course forward.
While the new plucky media start-ups may offer less prestige and are still making a name for themselves, they are nimble, they take risks, and they experiment. They are the ones leading the charge into Canadian journalism’s uncertain future.
Trust in news is plummeting and the media has been busy blaming everyone but the media itself. But in the meantime, the public has been sending a clear message: they don’t trust the news because they think it's biased.
This episode of Hub Dialogues features Globe and Mail columnist Andrew Coyne discussing the opportunities and challenges facing Canada's news media, the problems with government support for the industry, and why he is optimistic about the future of journalism.
With the number of journalists in Canada falling, government comms seems to be going in for the kill. There are now so few journalists that governments easily get away with holding back information that we all have a right to know.
This episode of Hub Dialogues features Martin Baron, a long-time American journalist and former executive editor of The Washington Post, about his must-read book, Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and The Washington Post.
What Canada desperately needs instead is a multi-pronged, coordinated national strategy based on current economic and market realities that will allow journalism to flourish again.
After more than two-and-a-half years at The Hub, we’re optimistic that the short-term challenges facing journalism are ones that entrepreneurs and innovators are actively working to solve.
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