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The News Startups: The New Wave

15 September 2022 @ 1:00 pm

The Canadian Journalism Foundation’s (CJF) popular J-Talks Live kicked off its fall season with a special two-part event focused on news startups. Startups have become a recent bright spot in a media industry struggling to survive in the digital era and post-pandemic environment. Indeed, dozens of startups are thriving by filling coverage gaps such as community news and topics often overlooked by mainstream newsrooms.

In the two-part virtual event, the CJF showcased 10 visionaries to share their insights on their growing media sector, new business models and current challenges.

At the second event, on Thursday, September 15 at 1 p.m. EDT,  the CJF presented the new wave leaders of recent outlets that are filling coverage gaps and connecting with new audiences.  The featured speakers are Brett Chang, co-founder, and CEO of The PeakMatthew DiMera, founder of The ResolveEden Fineday, business aunty and contributing storyteller, IndigiNews; and Anita Li, founder, and CEO of The Green LineLinda Solomon Wood, CEO and editor-in-chief of Canada’s National Observer leads this discussion.



September 15 | 1 p.m. EDT



Brett Chang is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Peak, helping Canada’s modern business leaders get smarter and stay informed with news and content that’s fast, entertaining, and digestible. Across newsletters, podcasts, events, and social media we reach an audience of over 100,000 modern Canadian business and public policy leaders. Prior to starting The Peak, Brett was in tech and venture capital. @bchang

Matthew DiMera (they/he) is an award-winning editor and journalist. They are the founder and publisher of The Resolve, a new independent media outlet in Canada centring, elevating and celebrating Indigenous, Black, and people of colour voices and stories. Previously they were the managing editor at Xtra, and the interim editor-in-chief at rabble.ca. @mdimera

Eden Fineday is nehiyaw writer from Treaty Six territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. She is the Business Aunty at IndigiNews and a contributing storyteller. When not working to platform Indigenous voices at IndigiNews, she enjoys performing as a singer/songwriter. She lives on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqeum), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories in what has briefly been known as British Columbia. @Eden_Fine_Day

Anita Li is a longtime journalist, news entrepreneur, media consultant and educator with over a decade of full-time experience as a multi-platform journalist at outlets across North America. Currently, she is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Green Line, a local Toronto-based news outlet. Anita is also a journalism instructor at Toronto Metropolitan University, the City University of New York and Centennial College. Her areas of expertise include community-driven journalism, audience engagement, journalism entrepreneurship, consumer revenue business models, newsroom diversity, media ethics and journalism innovation. Anita co-founded Canadian Journalists of Colour in 2018, and is also a member of the board of directors for the Online News Association and LION (Local Independent Online News) Publishers. To keep up with Anita, subscribe to The Other Wave, her journalism innovation newsletter about challenging the status quo in Canadian media. @neeeda


Linda Solomon Wood founded Canada’s National Observer in 2015 with the mission of putting climate change front and centre in Canada. CNO’s team of climate experts and journalists have done just that, highlighting the economic, human rights and public health impacts of global warming. With an audience of more than 7 million people over the last year, CNO covers issues and challenges associated with climate such as public health, disinformation, corporate overreach and environmental justice. Our podcast, Race Against Climate Change, was a finalist for the CJF ‘Best Climate Solution Reporting’ award. In earlier years, our reporting has received more than 50 honours and awards, primarily for investigative work. Our subscribers include the Government of Canada, universities, libraries and civil society organizations as well as thousands of individuals and foundations who make our journalism possible. 

With a full-time staff of 20, we work with dozens of freelance writers, photographers, videographers and reporters representing every province and territory in Canada. Our columnists include some of the most important voices in Canada on climate change and our newsletters, Zero Carbon, and The Weekly, have been praised widely as the best climate newsletters in the country. CNO is a proud member of The Trust Project and The Canadian Media Guild. Read more about Linda here. @Linda_Solomon




15 September 2022
1:00 pm
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