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.

 

Discovering Community.

For this period I am including Gabriel Meissner's impact statement. Grabriel has been with Focus now for several years, at first as a placement student, and then and until now as both a part-time and full-time staff. By Gabreiel Meissner

Amplifying Legacy: An Immigrant Father's Journey of Fatherhood

The story of Tunde Awoyiga is not just one of personal triumph and dedication; it’s a narrative that underscores the broader impact of intentional fatherhood on a community. As a first-generation Canadian immigrant and father of two, Tunde’s journey from a student at Dalhousie University to a community leader highlights the power of cultural preservation, strong values, and hands-on parenting. His appearance on the Community Update channel has further amplified this positive impact, inspiring and empowering even more community members.

The Power of Collaboration: Raising Awareness about Victims and Survivors of Crime

At a seminar at the West Vancouver Library, we discussed the importance of community awareness and collaboration in addressing victimization in crime. We covered various types of abuse, including physical, emotional, financial, and sexual assault, and highlighted factors like social isolation and caregiver stress.

Emphasizing support for survivors and safer environments, we stressed that staying informed and united can help create a safer society.

Iranian-Canadian Community Reacts to Canada's Designation of IRGC as a Terrorist Organization

On June 19, 2024, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs, announced that the Government of Canada has listed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity under the Criminal Code, effective today.

We discussed this matter with social and political activists because this topic has always been a point of discussion in the Iranian community, and the Canadian government had avoided giving a clear response to this community for years.

Educating the Community: Strait Talk Episode 5

Working with the Marine Research Centre at the Petit de Grat campus of Universite Sainte-Anne, particularly Director Michelle Theriault, Telile TV was able to detail the renovations at the facility, demonstrate some of the tests they conducted and explain the reasons for the tests. We also did a brief overview of what occurs at the centre daily and what they contribute to the local fishing and aquaculture industries.

A video broadcast by TVC22 on the prevention of drunk driving sparked reactions in Clarence-Rockland

The recent broadcast of a report on the prevention of drunk driving by TVC22 provoked a significant reaction among the population.

Izabela Daszkiewicz - Local Journalism Initiative

A citizen contacted our editorial staff to express her appreciation of the show. She pointed out that at one time, announcements and awareness campaigns against driving under the influence of alcohol were more common. “With the legalization of marijuana and the addition of alcohol into the equation, people are not always, especially on rural back roads responsible,” she said.

Les Ouïghours commémorent le massacre de Ghulja devant le consulat chinois de Montréal

Une vingtaine de personnes se sont rassemblées devant le consulat chinois au centre-ville de Montréal pour appeler à l'action en faveur de la libération des Ouïghours dans la région autonome du nord-ouest de la Chine, Xingjiang. Les Ouïghours sont un groupe d'origine turque résidant depuis des siècles au Turkestan oriental, colonisé par la Chine en 1949, aujourd'hui connu sous le nom de Xinjiang.

Le tumulte de la suppression des ponts incite la communauté à contribuer à la programmation Telile et aux médias sociaux

PORT ROYAL - Une histoire qui changeait chaque jour - et dans certains cas, chaque heure - fin février, a montré le lien puissant entre les résidents de l'Isle Madame et la télévision communautaire Telile. La décision du ministère des Travaux publics de la Nouvelle-Écosse de supprimer le pont de Port Royal, un lien de transport de longue date pour plusieurs communautés de l'ouest de l'Isle Madame, a suscité la colère de plusieurs résidents locaux.

ClicPortneuf.TV's local journalism provides both sides of the coin in the Bastican-Neilson ZEC case

The local journalism of ClicPortneuf.tv has made a difference for users of the ZEC Batiscan-Neilson as well as all people involved in the issue of ZEC pricing in Quebec.

Chantale Lépine – Local Journalism Initiative

The authorities concerned had great difficulty making themselves heard by the users of the Zec Batiscan-Neilson who did not want pricing for the use of the territory. They wanted the status quo, but the government's Bill 19 required annual pricing.

As Rafah burns, Canada Dodges Gaza Refugee Questions

Canada unveiled the Special measures for extended family in Gaza on January 9, 2024. Through this temporary resident visa program, Gazans with family members who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents can apply to come to Canada for up to three years. Not one applicant has been brought from Gaza to Canada under this program, prompting outrage from Canadians with family members in Gaza who are worried for the safety of their families.

Ombres numériques : dévoiler les méfaits cachés de la cyberintimidation

Notre entretien avec Honey Khadem, responsable de Houdini FX, abordant le sujet de la cyberintimidation, a profondément trouvé un écho auprès de notre public. La réponse a été particulièrement forte sur notre page Facebook. La conversation a mis en lumière l’importance de la vigilance et de l’intelligence dans la navigation sur les plateformes de médias sociaux.

Faire face à la dépendance : stratégies de reconnaissance et de soutien précoces

Le problème croissant de la toxicomanie à Vancouver a des répercussions sur un large éventail de communautés, entraînant une détresse considérable pour les familles qui voient leurs jeunes devenir victimes de drogues. Les écoles sont également aux prises avec des défis, car les étudiants sont de plus en plus confrontés à des offres de drogue sur le campus.

Vitrine de Moss Park Photo Story à la Rosedale Heights School of the Arts

Nous aimerions soumettre le "Photoreportage de Moss Park" comme l'un de nos articles d'impact couvert par le journaliste du LJI Fred Alvarado dans ses nouvelles hebdomadaires. C'est une histoire qui illustre l'implication communautaire à plusieurs niveaux et illustre l'importance d'avoir un journaliste local pour couvrir l'événement.

Concevoir la sécurité dans la communauté de Regent Park à Toronto

J'aimerais soumettre une déclaration d'impact d'un de nos étudiants coop, Lawrence Rodrigues. Je soumets le travail journalistique de Lawrence (rédaction de l'article et montage vidéo) comme exemple de la façon dont, dans le cas de cet étudiant coop travaillant avec RPTV, cela l'a influencé personnellement et comment il a pris conscience de l'impact plus large de l'Initiative de journalisme local.

Giving citizens a voice

Citizens of the Charlevoix region have called out Groupe le Massif on the lack of social acceptability of its development projects. As community media, TVCO helped give them a voice. Since then, there has been radio silence on the mountain side.

Lydia Duchesne - Local Journalism Initiative

Donner la parole aux citoyens

Les citoyens de la région de Charlevoix ont interpelé le Groupe le Massif quant au manque d'acceptabilité sociale de ses projets de développement. En tant que médias communautaires, TVCO a contribué à leur donner la parole. Depuis, c'est silence radio du côté de la montagne.

Lydia Duchesne - Initiative de journalisme local

Designing Safety into Toronto's Regent Park Community

I would like to submit an impact statement by one of our coop students, Lawrence Rodrigues. I am submitting Lawrence's journalistic (writing the article and video editing) work as an example how in the case of this coop student working with RPTV has influenced him personally, and how he has become aware of the wider impact of the Local Journalism Initiative.

TVC22's Clean Energy Documentary Opens Dialogue in Prescott-Russell

Harrison Seeley - Local Journalism Initiative

The goals of sustainable development have been instrumental in the programming of TVC22. Following a clean energy roundtable in collaboration with OREC and the David Suzuki Foundation, the conversation has reached a broader demographic.

Moins de gens sont motivés à devenir maire ou conseiller d'une municipalité

Les enjeux de la municipalité de Ste-Gertrude-Manneville ont fait réagir grandement les citoyens et citoyennes de la MRC d’Abitibi à la suite des propos tenus par le maire Pascal Rheault dans l’émission Sens Politique.

Guylaine Beauchemin – Initiative de journalisme local

Plusieurs personnes ont démontré leur soutien à la suite de l’épisode où le maire soulevait les enjeux d’être maire d’une petite municipalité de moins de 1000 habitants.

Moss Park Photo Story showcase at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts

We would like to submit the "Moss Park Photostory" as one of our impact stories covered LJI jounalist Fred Alvarado in his weekly news. It is a story that illustrates community involvement at multiple levels, and it illustrates the importance of having a local journalist to cover the event.

Facing Addiction: Strategies for Early Recognition and Support

The escalating problem of addiction in Vancouver is impacting a wide range of communities, leading to significant distress for families as they witness their youth falling victim to drugs. Schools are also grappling with challenges, as students are increasingly encountering drug offers on campus. Addressing this issue requires a concerted effort involving community interventions, educational programs, and collaboration with local authorities.

Digital Shadows: Unveiling the Hidden Harms of Cyberbullying

Our interview with Honey Khadem, the Houdini FX Lead, delving into the topic of cyberbullying, resonated profoundly with our audience. The response was particularly robust on our Facebook page. The conversation shed light on the importance of vigilance and intelligence in navigating social media platforms.

Among the numerous comments we received, Soroursadat Mirebrahimi shared a personal experience:

How Civic Journalism Uplifts Winnipeg's Ukrainian Newcomers

For me, as a civic journalist it is important to make a difference in the lives of newcomers from Ukraine. As the war in their homeland displaced thousands, Manitoba has already welcomed more than 20,000 Ukrainians since the start of the war, it is expecting to welcome 7,000 people by the end of March.

Bridge Removal Uproar Inspires Community to Contribute to Telile Programming and Social Media

PORT ROYAL - A story that kept changing every day - and in some cases, every hour - in late February showed the powerful connection between Isle Madame residents and Telile Community Television. 

A decision by Nova Scotia's Department of Public Works (DPW) to remove the Port Royal Bridge, a longtime transportation link for multiple communities in western Isle Madame, resulted in an angry response for several local residents. In less than a week, over 200 people had joined a Facebook group calling for preserving the bridge, which had been inactive since 2017. 

Uyghurs commemorate Ghulja massacre outside Montreal’s Chinese consulate

A couple dozen people gathered outside of the Chinese consulate in Downtown Montreal to call to action the liberation of Uyghurs in China's northwestern autonomous region Xingjiang. Uyghurs are a turkic-ethnic group with centuries of residing in East Turkestan, which was colonized by China in 1949, now known as Xinjiang. 

Une vidéo diffusée par TVC22 sur la prévention de l'alcool au volant a fait réagir à Clarence-Rockland

La récente diffusion d'un reportage sur la prévention de l'alcool au volant par TVC22 a suscité une réaction significative dans la population.

Izabela Daszkiewicz - Initiative de journalisme local

Une citoyenne a contacté notre rédaction pour exprimer son appréciation de l'émission. Elle a souligné qu'à une certaine époque, les annonces et les campagnes de sensibilisation contre la conduite sous l'influence de l'alcool étaient plus fréquentes.

La banque alimentaire de l'Ile Madame demande de l'aide financière

Paul Boudreau et Agnes Boudreau, respectivement le président et la trésorière de la banque alimentaire, aussi dit, La Food Bank de l’Ile Madame, discutent de l'histoire de la banque alimentaire à l’Ile Madame et comment ils les aident les communautés qui en ont grandement besoin.

Jacqueline Gerroir – Initiative de journalisme local

New Seniors' Project Benefits from LJI Coverage

PORT HAWKESBURY - A unique partnership with a new senior-oriented pilot project has Telile Community Television bringing the large 60-and-over population of the Strait Area a closer connection to issues that impact them. 

Un reportage sur les difficultés financières de l'Accueil d'Amos a fait bouger les choses : l'organisme a obtenu 150 000$

L’Accueil d’Amos avait annoncé des ruptures de services en septembre dernier, mais après quelques mois, ils ont obtenu 150 000$ du provincial, afin de continuer les services d'hébergement.

Guylaine Beauchemin – Initiative de journalisme local

Il faut se rappeler que l’Accueil d’Amos est un organisme qui vient en aide au plus démunis en offrant une banque alimentaire et un hébergement 24/7.

New Westminster Library Helps With Citizens' Media Tech Needs

The story about how the New Westminster Library makes in demand technology accessible to the public caused the most feedback from the public. Most people didn't realize that the library provides locals with learning opportunities about new and emerging technology.

L'impact de notre journaliste de l'IJL est important dans le secteur de l'éducation dans Portneuf

Un des grands enjeux dans la MRC de Portneuf est le milieu scolaire. Chaque ville ou municipalités a de grands enjeux dans l’éducation pour les jeunes et la rétention de ceux-ci sur notre territoire. Un de ces enjeux qui fait beaucoup parler ces derniers temps et pour lequel nous avons été le premier média d’information à sortir la nouvelle est la réponse négative du gouvernement face aux demandes d’une nouvelle école secondaire à Pont-Rouge.

Chantale Lépine – Initiative de journalisme local