THE IM­PACT IT HAS IS WORTH TALK­ING ABOUT

THE CLE­MENT AND GRE­WAL SCAN­DALS SURELY SHOW THAT CANADA NEEDS BET­TER SCREEN­ING OF ITS MPS WHAT WORD COULD RE­PLACE SO­CIAL­ISM? HOW ABOUT SO­CIAL­ISM? CRE­ATIVE SO­LU­TION NEEDED TO SPARK NORTH KOREAN TALKS

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how our work is funded.

In­creas­ingly, jour­nal­ists must help our read­ers un­der­stand that trusted qual­ity jour­nal­ism is not free. That’s why you will now see jour­nal­ists from the Star and other news or­ga­ni­za­tions tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to ex­plain why they be­lieve it mat­ters and even ask you to sub­scribe to help fund sim­i­lar jour­nal­ism. News or­ga­ni­za­tions now en­cour­age their em­ploy­ees — in­clud­ing jour­nal­ists — to do what they can to en­cour­age needed sub­scrip­tions. Ar­ti­cles on the Star’s web­site now end with a mes­sage ask­ing read­ers to sup­port the Star’s jour­nal­ism with a sub­scrip­tion to Star Dig­i­tal Ac­cess.

Star Ed­i­tor Irene Gen­tle well un­der­stands it has be­come vi­tal that jour­nal­ists ex­plain their work and why it mat­ters: “With ques­tions about trust, and the in­dus­try move to­ward sub­scrip­tions, we need to talk about that. The care, time and cost of good jour­nal­ism, the ded­i­ca­tion of re­porters to get­ting it right, and the im­pact it has is worth talk­ing about. How can peo­ple know all that if we don’t show them?”

Re­port­ing that mat­ters to cit­i­zens and democ­racy costs money and the ad­ver­tis­ing bud­gets that long funded re­port­ing across Canada has been dec­i­mated by dig­i­tal dis­rup­tion. More than 75 per cent of ad dol­lars go to Face­book and Google.

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