CAJ sup­ports some fed­eral mea­sures for jour­nal­ism, urges cau­tion

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The Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists sup­ports some of the re­cently an­nounced fed­eral mea­sures to en­cour­age jour­nal­ism in Canada, but urges cau­tion as eligibility for fund­ing is de­fined and even­tu­ally ad­min­is­tered to news en­ter­prises.

The CAJ sup­ports a long over­due move to al­low non­profit news­rooms to seek char­i­ta­ble sta­tus and also re­ceive char­i­ta­ble fund­ing, and fur­ther sup­ports a non-re­fund­able 15-per-cent tax credit that makes it eas­ier for Cana­di­ans to sup­port dig­i­tal me­dia.

As these mea­sures are im­ple­mented, the CAJ urges the panel tasked with defin­ing eligibility for these and other mea­sures to not rec­om­mend an overly re­stric­tive def­i­ni­tion of jour­nal­ism. To that end, the CAJ is seek­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion on that panel.

“A poor def­i­ni­tion of jour­nal­ism will do se­ri­ous, long-term dam­age for any jour­nal­ists who work out­side that of­fi­cial def­i­ni­tion,” said CAJ vi­cepres­i­dent Terra Tailleur. “We think our voice of­fers a nec­es­sary con­tri­bu­tion to any con­ver­sa­tion about what counts as jour­nal­ism in Canada.”

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