Journalism "provide(s) citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments. An informed public is central to a good public policy and a well-functioning democracy"
- Madelaine Drohan, Canada's Public Policy Forum
Diverse voices and varied perspectives challenge us to see the world through a different lens, and create a more inclusive and engaged society. But, as local media shrinks, so does community and regional perspective. Without intervention, there is a legitimate fear that Ontarians will lose touch with who they are in relation to their communities, their nation, and the world. Now more than ever, we need journalism with integrity; journalism that empowers us and connects communities to something greater than themselves.
TVO is excited to present Ontario Hubs, a new project designed to explore local issues and increase Ontarians’ engagement in the public conversations that matter to them. Ontario Hubs will expand TVO’s unique current affairs model through journalism hubs that provide in-depth analysis and inclusive debate, and result in more engaged citizenship.
The hubs will be led by four full-time TVO editors embedded in regions across the province in Northwestern, Southwestern, and Central Ontario, and with more locations to be announced. Once established, the editors will create and lead networks of freelancers and contributors to share stories that are important to local communities.
Imagine the difference it will make in these communities to see their issues, stories and ideas reflected in TVO’s current affairs coverage; coverage that reaches millions of people every day. By giving voice to underrepresented regions of Ontario, the hubs will help knit together the far flung corners of this immense province. Ontario Hubs will also foster the next generation of journalists by building new partnerships with colleges and universities. These partnerships will provide workspaces and technology, and opportunities for internships.
Through Ontario Hubs, and with your support, we can create a provincial dialogue, celebrate our differences and come together as a more informed public.
How You Can Help
Expanding our journalistic mandate has been made possible thanks to one of the largest philanthropic gifts to journalism in Canadian history: a generous and transformative $2 million donation from Goldie Feldman and the Barry and Laurie Green Charitable Trust.
But its success depends on further support from generous donors like you.
To be successful, we need you. The Ontario Hubs requires a total of $5 million in funding. An additional $500,000 has been pledged conditional on matching funds.
This is where you come in.
By supporting Ontario Hubs, you’re building an Ontario where people of all communities – cities, regional centres, First Nations and small towns – will be better informed, represented and politically engaged. Your gift will be matched up to $500,000, doubling its impact so please donate today.
Please donate in support of the Ontario Hubs project today. We depend on you to continue creating these life-changing learning opportunities.