A Place for Canada's Voice

In the coming months, FRIENDS will be launching an editorial platform, providing a space for writers to examine and comment on Canadian media, culture, and democracy.

Why We Publish

The Canadian media and journalism landscape is changing rapidly, as local news outlets close and national publications downsize. American stories dominate our devices, and the protected space for Canadian storytellers is shrinking daily. And, all the while, Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada, is under constant threat from politicians and private media.

This radical shift in our media landscape has had a profound impact on Canadian culture and politics, and it’s just getting going.

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting was created in 1985, on behalf of all Canadians, to reaffirm the values of democracy, diversity of perspective, and freedom of expression. As champions of public broadcasting and Canadian storytelling, we work to empower citizens to defend and develop Canada’s unique voice. To this end, FRIENDS provides a platform for content that offers a distinctly Canadian take on media-related issues.

Our Editorial Philosophy

Always focused on Canadian media, journalism, and storytelling, we strive to:

  • make abstract ideas and niche topics interesting and accessible to the public 
  • offer original content that is compelling and credible
  • publish a diversity of voices and multiple points of view
  • protect Canada’s distinctive culture and support fierce journalism across the country
  • demonstrate the connections between cultural policy and the health of our democracy
  • be open to a variety of written and visual content, while focusing on narrative non-fiction
  • remain distinctly Canadian, though we also publish writers from abroad 

What We Publish

FRIENDS provides Canadians with the content they need to understand the state of journalism and storytelling in our country and how the changing landscape affects our democracy, culture, and daily life.

We publish original content (opinion pieces, personal essays, interviews, investigative reporting, and feature articles), a weekly briefing of the latest happenings (including articles from outside sources), press releases, blog posts written internally, and more.

All articles go through a rigorous editorial process that can take several months to complete, depending on circumstances specific to each submission. As such, we prefer pitches that will still be relevant once the current news cycle has passed.

We look for fresh, sharp, original thinking. Topics that interest us include, but are not limited to: 

  • The link between democracy and the media (for examples, view our Dalton Camp Award–winning articles).
  • The value of public broadcasting, the role of public broadcasting in a healthy democratic society, and the future of public broadcasting.
  • How other countries are managing the media crisis. 
  • The impact of the media crisis on a cause you know well.
  • The impact of local journalism on individual communities, especially Indigenous and minority communities. 
  • Fake news and corruption in the media. 
  • How digital media is shifting the cultural landscape.
  • Cultural policy in the internet age and managing the impact of new technologies on the cultural sphere.
  • The balance between consumer choice and the need to create a protected space for Canadian content to develop
  • What Canadian content means and what importance it has on our national identity.
  • How foreign media giants (including Google and Facebook) behave, the role they play in creating Canadian content, and how (much) they should be regulated.

Formats

Articles are typically between 1000 and 2000 words, though this word count is flexible

  • Opinion pieces: strong, expressive, and provocative responses to a particular issue, current event, or news item
  • Personal essays: retrospective narratives that detail how elements of or changes in the media landscape have affected a community or an individual’s life
  • Interviews: conversations (not Q&As) with two or more key players in the industry about a specific topic or issue, typically transcribed
  • Investigative reporting and feature articles: well-researched, unbiased articles that focus on a particular issue that affects the media landscape in Canada

Submissions

As a platform for critical thought, we strive to be as inclusive as possible and welcome pitches from all writers, no matter your background or level of experience. We particularly encourage submissions from traditionally underrepresented communities and voices. If we can make the pitch process easier, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate.

Guidelines:

  • Provide a succinct description of your intended topic, approach, and format.
  • Outline why you’re the right person to write the piece.
  • Include writing samples or links to recent work, if applicable.

Notes:

  • We currently only accept pitches in English.
  • Finished articles may be translated into French.
  • There will be a thorough editorial process; time between acceptance and publication date may vary, and can be up to four months long.
  • We don’t accept previously published work.
  • We pay an honorarium to freelance writers, to be determined once a pitch is accepted.
  • We do not accept money from contributors (no advertorials)

All pitches should be sent to editor May Antaki at [email protected].