Philanthropic support for local journalism: A Canadian road map (Phase 2) – Implantation Phase

Research Projects


The goal of this project is to produce a research report outlining best practices/potential pitfalls of philanthropic support for local journalism in Canada. The report will inform news organizations and funders at a time when new tax rules are allowing news organizations to operate as non profits and when interest in philanthropic support for journalism is growing.

This phase of the project focused on project design and organizations. We identified key interview subjects, began work on the literature review, and created a rough outline for the report we aim to write.

Affiliated Hub(s): Ontario

Research Axis: Sectoral or Regional Portraits of Philanthropy

Project supervisor: April Lindgren, Ryerson University School of Journalism

Partner(s): The Discourse and Community Foundations of Canada

Team member(s): April Lindgren and Sahar Fatima, research assistant, (non-student)

Student researcher(s): Tanja Saric, Master’s of Journalism student, Ryerson School of Journalism

Beginning date of the project: 01/04/2019

End date or projected end date of the project: 31/03/2024


Three-day retreat (June 25-28, 2019; see p. 12)

Roundtable participant. Local Journalism Research Roundtable. Duke University. Oct 23, 2020.

Invited conference presentation. “Mapping Change in Local News Ecosystems Across Canada.” Journalism in a Time of Crisis symposium, Carleton University. Oct. 27, 2020

Delivered seminar. “Mapping local news ecosystems: Knowledge generator, policy catalyst.” Presentation to the Deakin Rural Communication Cluster, Deakin University, Australia. Feb. 22, 2021

Presenter. “Philanthropic support for journalism: A commitment to communities.” PhiLab Regional Conference: Ontario Hub. May 12, 2021

Philanthropic support for journalism; An investment in communities. Round table presentation by April Lindgren at the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research annual conference, May 28, 2021.


New Research Project Explores Best Practices for Philanthropic Support for Journalism

Will nonprofit journalism rules now on the books help news organizations in Canada?

A pandemic makes local news more critical, but also more endangered.

The Narwal becomes Canada’s first English-language registered journalism organization.

Community conversation: Local news in Canada; Challenges and opportunities for community news with April Lindgren.

Q and A with April Lindgren.

Related project(s): Philanthropic support for local journalism: A Canadian road map (Phase 1) – Research design