Philanthropic support for local journalism: A Canadian road map


  • Phase 1 (Research design) : This funding will lay the foundation for a research program focused on philanthropic support for local journalism in Canada. The project’s overarching goal is to produce a working paper that will provide a common knowledge base for all the players (news organizations, foundations and community foundations) involved in the emerging area of philanthro-journalism.
  • Phase 2 (Implantation Phase) : 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.


Panel presentation. “Future of local journalism” panel discussion at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA0 national conference, Toronto. May 10, 2019
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.
Financer le journalisme: guide pratique pour la philanthropie canadienne. Novembre 2023


PhiLab Interviews: April Lindgren, the Local News Research Project
New Research Project Explores Best Practices for Philanthropic Support for Journalism
Local news is being decimated during one of its most important moments
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.

Centre régional

Axe de Recherche

  • Axe 3 : Portraits sectoriels ou territoriaux de la philanthropie


Membres de l'équipe

  • Sahar Fatima


  • Tanja Saric
    Ryerson School of Journalism


  • The Discourse and Community Foundations of Canada

Début du projet

  • 01/04/2019

Fin du projet

  • 31/03/2024