Welcome to the Global Journalism Innovation Lab’s database of English-language digital-born journalism organizations in Canada.
The database aims to track the development of new English-language organizations launched since 2000 to ask what journalism capacities are being created, repaired or transformed at a time when Canada’s liberal, largely commercial media system is showing signs of market failure.
Digital-born journalism organizations, often also referred to as journalism start-ups, offer a valuable lens to think about journalism as they are generally launched in response to a gap or corrective in the media environment.
The database is organized by journalism organization, rather than by the individual outlets owned by one body. The data includes commercial, non-profit, and charitable journalism organizations, the scope of their coverage, launch date, location and type of founder.
The data can be accessed using the interactive map and the directory provided on this page. This information was gathered for academic research purposes. For additional readings about our research project, please visit our “Publications” page.
Our project contributes to a growing body of work tracking media organizations, including the Local News Research Project at Toronto Metropolitan University, and Project Oasis by UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media in collaboration with LION Publishers, Douglas K. Smith and the Google News Initiative.
The database is the result of four years of research led by Professors Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn Young.
We would like to acknowledge Camila Castaneda, who created the digital design and interactive interface for the project, while managing the research team. Research assistants Beth Rochester, Catherine Zhu and Steven Zhu worked on the database, gathering and fact-checking information for the variables.
Our goal is to maintain this as a dynamic repository of new digital-born journalism organizations publishing in English. It does not include French-language organizations or other languages. If we have missed one, please add the details here. To obtain a copy of the database, please reach out to us.
Thank you for exploring our data, and we welcome your feedback.
The project is supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia.