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Together, we’ve built a new future for community-powered news. Now is the moment of truth: Is The Discourse valuable enough that you’ll pay for it?

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Hi, I’m Erin, founder and CEO of the Discourse. The Discourse is reimagining the community newspaper. Our stories are not dictated by people — politicians, advertisers, journalists — who are not invested in your community. You, the members of the communities we serve, decide what stories we should tell.

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How The Discourse is funded

Our business model is based on a simple concept: that people will pay for journalism that matters to their community.

Small towns need investigative journalism, too

How Jacqueline Ronson is reimagining in-depth journalism in her Cowichan Valley community.

What if women owned the press?

News media has a diversity problem. The Discourse is handing power to people who are underrepresented to shape their own stories — but there are barriers.

Will parachuting in white journalists reduce racism in Thunder Bay?

The Globe’s new Thunder Bay bureau raises questions The Discourse grapples with every day: Who should tell a community’s stories? And for whom?

It may be dark out there, but there is a future for journalism

The moment we realized we’re not alone in our fight to change journalism in Canada.