J-Source maps the effect of COVID-19 on Canadian media outlets

April 29, 2020

The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) is proud to support the latest interactive project from J-Source, which highlights the effect that COVID-19 has had on Canadian media outlets. 

In a team effort by J-Source, the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Local News Research Project at Ryerson’s School of Journalism, the report shares data on exactly how the financial burden of the pandemic has affected media outlets. 

Within six weeks, the Canadian media landscape has seen layoffs, temporary closure or complete folding of local journalism outlets and broadcasts. The report, which included an interactive map of Canada, highlights the impact by province, media platform and language group.

The project reports that 50 media outlets have either permanently or temporarily closed, as of April 29. Of that number, 48 are community newspapers and 2,053 editorial or non-editorial staff have been laid off. 

Along with a fact sheet and an interactive map, the project includes a self-reporting incident form for media outlets to report on the status of their newsrooms.

We encourage our media colleagues to please participate in the self reporting form  indicated above.

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