Community news takes another hit—and Canadians are pissed
In the wake of recent news about a Torstar and Postmedia merger that would see dozens of community publications shut down, Canadians are taking to Twitter and social media to denounce the move. While this mainly affects Ontario publications, there has been a national outcry that shows community news does matter to journalists and readers.
Here's a round-up of Twitter reactions to the news today—some funny, some insightful, and others, just downright sad.
22 Ontario communities are about to lose their local papers, as Postmedia shuts them down. Some of these towns will now have no journalistic oversight of council, police, school boards...This is how democratic accountability erodes.— John Ibbitson (@JohnIbbitson) November 27, 2017
Torstar's top five executives were paid $5,325,710 last year. Postmedia's top five executives were paid $5,297,917 for their last fiscal year.— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) November 27, 2017
That's 34 newspapers shut down and 250 Torstar employees fired. No regulatory clearance is required for the Torstar-Postmedia swap.— Jaren Kerr (@suggestedits) November 27, 2017
Yes, it's awful that 100s of journos are losing jobs in Torstar/Postmedia swaps/cuts. But also terrible harm to the communities they serve.— Simon Houpt (@simonhoupt) November 27, 2017
My mum upon hearing local newspaper, @BarrieExaminer, is shuttering: "Maybe bigger papers will cover our area more."— Katrina Clarke (@KatrinaAClarke) November 27, 2017
What it actually means: fewer people held accountable, local stories never reported & population less-informed.
Today sucks. https://t.co/7kygYtoEKl
Torstar and Postmedia announce a convoluted deal that will see them trade and subsequently close a number of newspaper publications blaming declining local advertising dollars. Nearly 300 jobs gone combined.— mike eppel (@eppman) November 27, 2017