A media study commissioned by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) published in August 2020 projected significant closures of newsrooms, “widespread job cuts”, and an estimated revenue shortfall of over $1 billion at the end of 2022. Traditional newsrooms are funded by local advertising, but with revenue shifting to Facebook, Google, and Instagram, TV, print, and radio have to evolve to keep up with the times.
Our starting point is understanding the issues. How it started, and how it’s going. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on journalism. And someone who’s tracked local journalism trends closely is a journalist herself. April Lindgren is a Ryerson University School of Journalism professor and the principal investigator for the Local News Research Project, exploring local news poverty, where the critical information needs of communities are not being addressed by local media.