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

OTTAWA, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - 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.

About the Public Policy Forum:

The Public Policy Forum works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a non-partisan, member-based organization, we work from "inclusion to conclusion," by convening discussions on fundamental policy issues and by identifying new options and paths forward. For 30 years, the Public Policy Forum has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada.

For more information, please visit: and follow @ppforumca.

SOURCE Public Policy Forum

For further information: Carl Neustaedter, Director of Communications, Public Policy Forum, T: 613-238-7858 Ext: 286, E:; Jane Taber, Vice President Public Affairs, NATIONAL Public Relations, T: 416-848-1450, E:

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890