Moving to Independent News in Canada and Why it Matters

The objective of this panel is to (1) describe why more indy, investigative media platforms have emerged, (2) unpack how indy, investigative journalism happens, (3) discuss paths ahead for more investigative research on political and economic elites in the country, and (4) chat about other issues the panelists are interested in. This panel is part of the Centre for Access to Information and Justice (CAIJ) Politics of Information Colloquium Series.



Stephanie Wood, The Narwhal, Journalist — | @sevawood   Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood is a Skwxwú7mesh journalist living and writing in North Vancouver. In 2020, she was nominated for the Emerging Indigenous Journalist award by the Canadian Association of Journalists. She writes stories about Indigenous rights, the arts, sustainability and social justice. She has worked with The Tyee, Media Indigena, CBC, CiTR 101.9 FM, and National Observer. She earned her Master of Journalism degree at the University of British Columbia. 


Robyn Smith, The Tyee, Journalist —   Robyn Smith is editor in chief of The Tyee, Canada’s pioneering independent digital news outlet. She began her journalism career in 2010 as a Tyee intern and became editor in chief in 2015. Robyn oversees an accomplished team of staff writers, columnists and freelancers who have won awards and recognition for their investigative journalism on climate change, labour rights, and urban development. She is a graduate of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. 


Martin Lukacs, The Breach, Journalist — | @Martin_Lukacs   Martin Lukacs is an investigative journalist and the managing editor of The Breach. He’s a former environmental writer for The Guardian, and has written for The New York Review of Books, Toronto Star, Walrus, CBC, and other Canadian publications. He’s the author of The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and Betrayal in an Age of Discontent and a co-author of the Leap manifesto. 


Dani Paradis, Freelance Journalist — | @DaniParadis   Danielle Paradis is a writer, editor, educator, and podcaster who lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She has written for both local and international audiences. You can read (or hear) her work at Canadaland, Star Metro Edmonton, Gig City, BUSTLE, Canadian True Crime Podcast, and The Sprawl to name a few. As a writer, she typically covers politics, arts and culture and Indigenous Issues. She loves a good FOIP story and studied investigative journalism at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in the UK.  She teaches journalism at MacEwan University.  


Jen Osborne, Freelance Journalist — | @RealJenOsborne   Jen Osborne is a Canadian photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally. She recently relocated to Pacific Canada, after freelancing from Germany and Italy for nearly a decade. Jen has an interest in “hardship linked to escapism” and has produced various projects around that theme. She has an extensive exhibition record in addition to publishing editorial work and has shown at various venues including: Visa pour l’Image 2016, Aperture Gallery, The Museum de l’Elysée, the Denver Biennial, The Old Church, Arles 2010 and Studio La Citta.