New Quebec fund will subsidize international reporting


A group of Quebec journalists has launched an initiative to fund international news coverage in the province.

The Fonds québécois pour le journalisme international aims to bestow 20 reporting fellowships per year.

The fund would be managed under the auspices of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, with criteria set and candidates chosen by a committee of journalists. All professional journalists in Quebec will be eligible to apply.

Organizers are seeking funding from government, foundations, businesses and the public, said Laura-Julie Perreault, a La Presse reporter and one of the journalists spearheading the initiative.

Perreault and fellow organizers Jean-Frédéric Légaré-Tremblay and Guillaume Lavallée said the project was sparked by a deficit in international coverage in Quebec. Only 1 to 4 per cent of Quebec media coverage is devoted to international news, according to a recent study by Influence Communications. That is about 50 per cent less than in the rest of Canada.

Given the drop in advertising revenue for mainstream media, it is increasingly difficult for news organizations to sustain their own international coverage, they said. The fellowships would help ensure Quebecers could see the world reported through their own lens.

The group’s Facebook page will be unveiled Tuesday at