The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age

02/02/2017

The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age

The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age is an exhaustive study produced by the Public Policy Forum that examines 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, who 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. 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 welcome you to read the report and hope that it will stimulate a necessary debate and carefully calibrated action.

To read or print the report in PDF format, click here.