It’s no secret that local journalism is in crisis.
News outlets across Canada have been decimated in recent years amid massive cuts, a rapidly-changing industry and a once-in-a-century global pandemic.
More and more communities are becoming ‘news deserts’ – leaving residents without any sources of local news. Research shows that, in these communities, voter participation declines and corruption increases, contributing to the spread of misinformation, political polarization and distrust in media.
At The Sarnia Journal, we know that quality, independent journalism is essential to a thriving community — telling important stories, holding power to account, keeping residents informed, and enhancing civic engagement.
We made the difficult decision last summer to eliminate our printed product, before re-launching entirely online in the fall.
For the past six months, we’ve been working tirelessly to continue to bring you the news that matters: whether its our extensive coverage on Sarnia’s homelessness crisis, our ‘Exceptional People’ series featuring local change-makers, or simply highlighting a local hockey team giving back to the community.
Our advertisers have been a huge support, but, like so many news organizations, we’re in need of more diverse revenue sources in order to survive.
Our content is free, and we want to keep it that way, so we’re asking for support from our readers to help us continue to do the work that we love. You can find more information by clicking our SUPPORT tab at the top of this page.
Finally, as we mark World Press Freedom Day, we thank you for helping us get this far.
It’s not easy reaching out for help, and, to be honest, we don’t know how successful we’ll be.
We’re giving it a try – because we truly believe that supporting local journalism helps uphold a healthy and vibrant democracy.
Thanks for reading.