Canadian Publishing Industry News
13 December 2020,     TORONTO
New independent journalism organization launched
Press Forward, a new national association that aims to unify, elevate and advocate for independent journalism organizations across Canada, was launched recently. Founding members include The Sprawl, La Converse, the West End Phoenix, The Discourse, The Tyee, The Narwhal, the National Observer, The Coast and Village Media.


“Press Forward is first and foremost about reinvigorating the relationship between readers and news organizations—a crucial component of developing sustainable business models for journalism,” says Emma Gilchrist, editor-in-chief at The Narwhal and chair of Press Forward.


The idea for the organization grew out of a three-day gathering in 2019 of 45 individuals from media outlets, academia, foundations and non-profits. A steering committee was then tasked with creating an association. Journalists for Human Rights incubated the project, with a grant from the Trottier Family Foundation.


Press Forward will unify independent media organizations across Canada, advocate for the independent media, and develop professional development opportunities.  

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