Government consultant’s report predicts bleak future for working journalists

A consultant’s report prepared for the Canadian government sees a pretty bleak future for journalists working in Canada.

An executive summary of the report suggests that should business models change as expected, “it is likely that the professional journalist will become more of an entrepreneur, e.g., working mainly freelance and not necessarily making professional rates on every job.”

Freelance journalism rates have already been falling for some time, and major digital journalism sites generally pay about half of what major daily newspapers do in salary and lack any job security protections.

The report, prepared by consulting firm Nordicity in 2015 and obtained recently under the Access to Information Act, also floats the idea of foreign ownership of Canadian newspapers as a way to inject capital into a struggling sector.

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Here is the rest of the executive summary:

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