Public Policy Forum to Release Study on News and Democracy in Canada


UPDATE: Following the release of The Shattered Mirror in January, the Public Policy Forum continues to lead the conversation on the future of news and democracy with a breakfast session on Friday, April 7, 2017 with Emily Bell, Founding Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. To register, please visit our Eventbrite page.

OTTAWA, Jan. 19, 2017 – The Public Policy Forum is releasing its major study on news media in Canada on January 26th, 2017: THE SHATTERED MIRROR: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age.

The PPF’s exhaustive study looks at the decline of the traditional media’s business model, under-development of digital-only news providers, consolidation of digital distribution revenues, the rise of fake news, and how these major shifts are affecting the health of Canadian democracy.

Its findings were informed by exclusive public opinion research conducted by Allan Gregg of Earnscliffe Strategy Group. Mr. Gregg conducted focus groups and surveyed more than 1,500 adult Canadians about their perceptions of the relationship between news and democracy, their trust of journalists and their level of awareness of the disruption of the media business.

“After six months of probing the state of the news industry and its ability to fulfil its democratic responsibilities, I can conclude that we are reaching, or perhaps have already reached, a crunch point,” writes Edward Greenspon, President and CEO of the PPF, and the author of the study. “This report is meant to offer insight into the state of news two decades into its existential crisis, as well as ideas for how to respond. We hope it will stimulate a necessary debate and necessary action, while understanding no story is ever at its end.”

Visit to sign up to receive an alert of the report’s release. The report will be available to download at 11:00 am on January 26th, 2017.


Carl Neustaedter

Director of Communications
Public Policy Forum
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Jane Taber

Vice President Public Affairs
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