Indiegraf, the Vancouver-based startup helping small digital news publishers serve diverse and underserved communities, is the recipient of the inaugural Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF)-Facebook Journalism Project Digital News Innovation Award. The new $10,000 prize recognizes initiatives by news organizations that advance the quality of digital journalism. Led by sisters Caitlin Havlak and Erin Millar, Indiegraf was established last May by The Discourse founders. The network of independent journalism entrepreneurs and community-owned publishers aims to help digital startups in so-called “news deserts” by pooling resources to reduce the cost of technology, distribution and marketing. Indiegraf launched with seven partner publishers and by the end of last year had grown to serve 18 publishers in 23 communities. The Canadian Press and Glacier Media Group received honourable mentions. Read more here.
The Canada Revenue Agency has released tax tips for social influencers, reminding those who earn income via social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, or blogging, that all income (both monetary and non-monetary) earned through social media channels must be reported on your income tax return. The CRA’s definition of non-monetary income extends to sponsorships, merchandise sales or commission on sales, tips or donations and free perks such as products, clothes, and trips.
Bell Media’s Discovery Networks including Discovery, Animal Planet, Discovery Velocity, Discovery Science, and Investigation Discovery are the latest brands to join CTV’s expanded digital experience. More than 5,000 hours of Canadian Discovery Original Series like Mighty Trains, Heavy Rescue: 401 and Highway Thru Hell, in addition to factual films are now available to stream on CTV.ca and the CTV app.