Canada Invests $450m into Media, Nonprofits

Canada’s federal government has introduced a five-year, US$450 million package to bolster independent media in the country. The groundbreaking measures would create a tax-exempt status, allowing for nonprofit newsrooms to thrive as they have in the US. Also planned: A temporary, non-refundable tax credit letting subscribers recover 15% of the subscription cost of digital news, and a tax credit to news media for labor in producing "news and information of interest to Canadians.”

Source: Nieman Lab

Posted on: November 26, 2018

Canadian Awards Honor Investigations

Canada's National Newspaper Awards have honored an impressive set of investigative reports, including probes into how police deal with sexual assault complaints, a man's claims of innocence after 30 years in prison, and Canada's role in the Panama Papers offshore scandal. Top honors went to "Unfounded," which exposed how police frequently abandon sexual assault cases, even when there is strong evidence. The 20-month project led police to re-open hundreds of cases. Also honored: a four-part series on the impact of concussions on retired Canadian football players.

Source: Cision

Posted on: May 5, 2018

Canada Investigations Highlight CAJ Awards

The Canadian Association of Journalists rolled out its annual awards over the weekend, highlighting impressive investigative stories from across the country. Among the winners were exposés of freewheeling spending that brought down Alberta's premier; the human organ trade; unequal education; rail fatigue; and stalkers and murderers.

Source: Canadian Association of Journalists

Posted on: June 8, 2015

Toronto Star Retreats from Investigative Report

Call it a case study from hell: Here's how Canada's largest paper, the Toronto Star, bungled a major investigative story on the hot topic of vaccines. Among other lessons, this stresses the importance of journalists having a firm grasp of science when writing on such issues.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Posted on: February 14, 2015