THE NATIONAL ETHNIC PRESS AND MEDIA COUNCIL OF CANADA LAUNCHES
THE LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE PROGRAM FOR 2019
Dear friends and colleagues, brothers and sisters, members of the ethnic press of Canada,
The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada is launching our Local Journalism Initiative program. This is a national initiative of the Government of Canada in support of Canadian news media organizations.
In some parts of Canada, residents facing a significant gap in civic journalism with regards to community issues and civic institutions and events that affect them and their day-to-day lives. They have no way of being informed about the decisions of the government affecting their lives and the lives of the members of their family. To this extent, the Local Journalism Initiative provides funding for the members of the ethnic press and media organizations in order to hire reporters to increase coverage of civic matters and issues of public interest in remote and underserved communities across the country.
The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada program will support 37 reporters in the initial phase and will be open to the members of all ethnic publications in every language they publish.
For more information and if you have any questions please make yourself available on Monday October 21, 2019 or call us at (416) 921 8926 or (416) 996 4229.
In order to be a successful applicant, you should consider communities that are underserved such as:
News deserts: Communities where citizens do not have access to journalistic information about community or national issues and democratic institutions, courthouse, city hall, school board, Parliament and or provincial legislature, due to the fact that there are no community newspapers or other media (community radio programs or television) and there is no production of local news by any form of media.
News poverty: Communities where there is very limited access to journalistic content about community issues and institutions through a linguistic medium in the mother tongue of the communities of the remote areas.
The application must name the specific communities you are going to serve, the area and the number of members in the community, as well as the reasons for the need and the specific issues of concern that the reporter would cover.
If you want more information about the meaning of the underserved communities please feel to attend our meetings or call our office.
Applications for the program you will found at our web sites: