From: Derek Fildebrandt, Publisher
RE: The West needs a strong and independent media
Our media landscape is dominated by a few big players, almost all of which are owned by big Eastern corporate interests, or by the government itself.
As taxpayers, we are forced to pay billions of dollars every year to support the Liberal CBC. But now even the non-government owned mainstream media are now on the take, receiving hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a massive taxpayer-bailout fund. This means that even those few bright spots of independence and free-thinking in the media are now on the government dole and cannot speak without fear that the government could pull their funding at any time.
There are a few great journalists in the non-government-owned media, but they mostly work for large corporate interests owned and operated out of Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Western voices – voices that speak for the West without fear of what their bosses in Toronto will say – are few and far between.
The West needs a strong and independent voice that is willing to take on the issues facing our people.
This is why we brought back the Western Standard in October of 2019.
Since relaunching, the Western Standard has burst onto the scene and shaken-up Western Canada’s media landscape.
With a small budget and team of dedicated reporters and opinion columnists, we have quickly become the third most-read online news platform in Western Canada, with an average month readership of 1.5-2 million pageviews.
Our news team is made up of credible reporters recruited from the mainstream media, but focus on issues all too often ignored by the old players.
Our opinion columnists take on controversial issues that most of the old players are too afraid to touch directly.
In our first year of operations, the Western Standard has lived up to our mission: to be the “independent voice of the New West”.
We are making a big difference, and giving Westerners a homegrown alternative to the big, government-owned and government-funded media. We are changing the conversation.
We refuse to accept a penny of the big-media bailout. We don’t have deep pockets from special interests.
That is why we need you – the reader – to step up and become a Member of the Western Standard.
You can become a Standard Member for just $10 a month for unlimited access; much cheaper than a subscription to one of the big government-funded newspapers. If you can’t afford that much, you can also do a cheaper $5 Basic Membership giving you access to 20 articles a month.
For our first year, we had no paywall whatsoever, and I know that some of you wish it would remain so. But this is the price of having any media left in this country that aren’t on the government take. If you want there to be any independent Western media left, then we need you to step up and support it.
We have built something great in a short period of time, and we are making a big difference.
Together, we can make sure that we have a voice that speaks for a West that is strong and free.
Publisher, Western Standard
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