Instead of helping Canadian news startups, a new government subsidy will only prop up failed models

Tuesday’s federal budget announcement provided some long-awaited details about how the government’s $645 million package to support journalism will be rolled out. Disappointingly, the policy seems purpose-built to help only one kind of media: newspapers. Here’s how it will work: An “independent” panel will be struck to certify “Qualified Canadian Journalism Organizations.” To qualify, media…

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Canada’s new journalism subsidies will pick winners and hurt startups

Well, it happened. The government capitulated to the demands of traditional publishers with its financial package of “support for Canadian journalism.” If you missed the news, it’s probably because after months — make that years — of lobbying, public awareness campaigns, and many, many editorials written in the country’s newspapers, there’s been almost no coverage…

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