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An infusion of resources into local news outlets in Thunder Bay may help communities contend with recent reports of systemic racism against Indigenous communities. Shutterstock

Thunder Bay: Local news is important for conversations on reconciliation

Thunder Bay has received national press for its historically inequitable relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Local journalism could help the city face those challenges.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau being interviewed after delivering a budget that promised financial aid for journalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Government funding for journalism: To what end?

The newspaper industry has been asking the federal government for financial assistance for years. Now that Ottawa has revealed its plan, what purpose will it serve to sustain news organizations?
A new report concludes companies like Facebook – headed up by Mark Zuckerberg – should not be allowed to consider themselves ahead of and beyond the law. Stephanie Lecoq /AAP

The law is closing in on Facebook and the ‘digital gangsters’

Are you annoyed at Facebook? You're not alone – and momentum is growing across the world to use regulation and the law to rein in the behaviours of this and other digital platforms.
The poll comes as preselectors in Higgins on Sunday chose a woman, Katie Allen, to replace retiring cabinet minister Kelly O'Dwyer as. Liberal candidate. Supplied/Murdoch Children's Research Institute

ALP retains 53-47% lead in Newspoll despite government scare campaign on boats

Published in Monday's Australian, the poll is status quo in virtually all the measures. The Coalition primary vote remains on 37%; Labor is static on 39%.
Maria Meza, a 40-year-old migrant woman from Honduras, runs away from tear gas with her 5-year-old twin daughters in front of the border wall in Tijuana, Mexico. Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

Of the trillion photos taken in 2018, which were the most memorable?

Each day, readers are bombarded with shocking, inspiring and informative images. In their overwhelming volume, they can be easily forgotten. Nonetheless, some do rise to the top.
The Guelph Mercury office in Guelph, Ont., is seen in January 2016 after the final print edition of the newspaper was published. Ottawa has announced initiatives to support local journalism, including a measure to classify nonprofit news organizations as charities, making it easier for them to attract donations. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Nonprofit news: Lessons from south of the border

Canada has a lot to learn from the U.S. about nonprofit news. Here's how nonprofit news organizations work in the United States. Spoiler alert: It's all about collaboration.
WeChat is a Chinese social media platform, similar to Facebook. Shutterstock

How Australia’s Mandarin speakers get their news

Findings from a new study suggest that the main source of news for Mandarin-speakers living in Australia is local, Chinese-language outlets accessed via WeChat.
Young people are especially careful about expressing political view on social media. Shutterstock

Research reveals Australians are shy about expressing political views on social media

It may be because we're early adopters and know the risks of social media, but a new study has found Australians are particularly careful about expressing political views online.
A screenshot from the Deadspin montage, which featured news anchors repeating the same script decrying ‘fake news.’ Deadspin

Local media struggle to hold Sinclair accountable

In many cases, the mistreatment of TV anchors has become the story – at the expense of bigger questions about corporate ownership.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is under fire, following the spread of a video showing anchors at its stations reading a script criticizing ‘fake’ news stories. Steve Ruark/AP Photo

Why are Sinclair’s scripted news segments such a big deal?

It’s worth looking at how local news stations have traditionally operated.

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