Local news is good for democracy. But with the collapse of community newspapers, many people can’t find local journalism that accurately reflects their communities and lives.
The Discourse builds local digital news products that bring communities together.
Tools for journalists.
The Discourse provides training, consulting and technology to empower independent journalists to serve their communities with in-depth news.
The Discourse produces collaborative reporting projects with media partners to investigate issues that matter to our community members.
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On a day when so many people are angry at Facebook, The Discourse and 10 other media outlets gathered at the platform’s HQ in Canada. How do we reconcile our mission with controversy surrounding Facebook?
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The Discourse is a digital news media company based in Vancouver B.C. The original company, Discourse Media, was founded by three journalists in 2014 to experiment with new forms of news. Since then, our team has been producing award-winning collaborative journalism that privileges diverse perspectives, is driven by the pursuit of truth, and creates positive change in underrepresented communities.
In 2017, we began developing a new business model for providing in-depth local news. Supported with startup funding from value-aligned partners, investors, family and community members who became owners in our company through an equity crowdfunding campaign (plus a lot of bootstrapping), we launched our community-powered platform The Discourse in 2018.
The Discourse is building a network of independent journalists collaborating on new business models to sustainably provide in-depth news that serves their local communities.
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