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Professor questions possible government funding for newspapers

As Canadians get set to hear what's on the plate in the next federal budget, there could be some good news on the way for Canadian newspapers.
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As Canadians get set to hear what's on the plate in the next federal budget, there could be some good news on the way for Canadian newspapers.

The Toronto Star is reporting that the feds will pledge $50 million over five years to support local journalism across the country.

University of King's College journalism professor Fred Vallance-Jones says the state of Canadian news media is dire and outlets do need the money, but adds it's hard to say whether or not government should be funding them.

"If you have government money flowing into news organizations, some would argue this will make them beholden to government in some way," said Vallance-Jones. "So I think what we're seeing here is an attempt to somehow come up the middle."

The money from the budget would go towards independent organizations that will support journalism in Canadian communities.

Vallance-Jones says citizens would benefit from more complete news every day, but it's important to ensure the reporting stays unbiased and accurate.

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