Local Journalism Initiative Impact

The design and launch of the Community Media Portal has been funded by the Local Journalism Initiative (the LJI) of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Under the LJI, over 100 journalists have been placed in underserved communities and asked to produce civic content that underpins Canadian democratic life.

On this page, LJI journalists share stories about the impact their content is having on the democratic life of their communities. If you would like to comment on a story you have seen on the Portal or on its impact, please Log In or Register for an account.


Land Based Journalism in Unceded Territory

Aanii/Bonjour/Greetings! My name is Kyle Corston, and I'm the LJI videojournalist at FirstTelTV5. 

New West TV - looking at media from their own side of the Fraser River

By: Victoria Fenner, LJI Program Manager

Of all of the places in Canada, you wouldn’t think that there is a shortage of media in the Metro Vancouver area.

CHCO's Vicki Hogarth Receives Award for COVID-19 News Coverage

On Canada Day 2020, Mayor Doug Naish presented CHCO-TV's Vicki Hogarth a "Congratulations Certificate" on behalf of the Town of Saint Andrews and all its residents for her work reporting on COVID-19.

Media in a Tiny Town - Schreiber Media Centre

By: Kim Krause, LJI Journalist - On February 14th, 2020 the newly formed Schreiber Media Centre was awarded funding to purchase equipment and hire a journalist as part of the LJI (Local Journalism Initiative) project and the Schreiber Public Libra

Extra! Extra! Read All About It. Local Journalist Makes Good

Our fantastic Civic Journalist for Ashcroft and Cache Creek has been providing local news coverage for the last 8 months.  Once the pandemic hit and everyone was in lock down, our service became more important than ever before.

A Storyteller Finds A New Home

By: Adam Cooke - PORT HAWKESBURY - Since I became obsessed with the local and national CBC at the age of nine, I have yearned to be a broadcaster. Because of the Local Journalism Initiative, that dream is becoming a reality.

Like a Cat With Three Legs, We Go On

Regent Park, Toronto -- The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been staggering, there is not a single area of societal interaction that has not undergone some form of disruption. And yet, communities, organizations, and individuals have adapted.

MBC Radio increases video capacity

La Ronge, Saskatchewan -- Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation’s (MBC) has been supplying Aboriginal music, radio, and film to northern Saskatchewan since 1983 -- 37 years.