On January 26, 2017, the Public Policy Forum released The Shattered Mirror – a report that detailed the troubling diagnostic of accelerating revenue declines among producers of original, public-interested journalism. The problem and the risks it posed to the vibrancy of our democracy has not gone away. And the world hasn’t stood still. Policies, even good policies, always benefit from tweaking or more when applied in real world circumstances. This fifth anniversary of The Shattered Mirror is not a time for a nostalgic look back but a moment to look at what will work best going forward.

This project will examine two key questions:

  • How, given second-mover advantage, can the much-discussed Australian model be improved and reflect the Canadian context?
  • How can an expanded Local Journalism Initiative provide a more certain lifeline to communities?