Online & Digital Media News – VICE Canada shutting down Quebec branch

VICE Canada is shutting down its Quebec operation, leaving 20 to 30 journalists without work, according to the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (FPJQ). VICE says it’s centralizing its Canadian operations in Toronto as it grows VICE Studios’ business and its Virtue ad agency. VICE Media announced in February that it would reduce staff by 10% worldwide, equivalent to 250 positions.

Canadaland has written about an ongoing PR campaign aimed at discrediting the online publication. Several op eds that name Canadaland in connection with the spread of fake news have surfaced, including an Apr. 17 piece in The Washington Times. Emails obtained by Canadaland under Freedom of Information, link the op eds back to Todd Cranney, a Republican strategist and partner in Riverwood Strategies, which worked with the Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio campaigns. Canadaland’s investigative coverage of Craig Kielburger’s WE charity is cited in several of the articles as an example of purported fake news. The publication says its obtained an email showing Melissa Steadman, head of partnerships at WE, circulated at least one of the articles to the charity’s stakeholders.

The Independent Production Fund (IPF) board of directors has approved 2019 production financing for 12 scripted short-form series. Seven of the approved series are in English and five in French. Two of the approved projects are renewals for additional episodes of successful web series previously funded by the IPF. Watch trailers for the selected series here.

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