I have a lot of friends who despise what they call the main stream media.

They tell me that the media holds a strong left-leaning bias and doesn’t approach issues equally and give consideration to conservative worldviews in their analysis.

I get that frustration. As someone who is center in my views (and sometimes holds a slight right-leaning bias), I have felt that way myself in certain circumstances.

But I can’t bring myself to celebrate the demise of our mainstream media landscape—especially on the local level—because the alternative scares me.

Local media like CTV and CBC, along with local papers owned by Toronto Star and Postmedia fill a crucial gap for local communities. They act as a glue to promote community programs and cohesiveness.

They celebrate local heroes for societal contributions that would never make it to the local level. And they keep our local governmental institutions accountable by investigating the actions and decisions of our municipalities and school boards, drawing attention when matters go amiss.

That last one is especially frightening because local government can ‘diverge’ from the norms more than many realize.

Who will fill these gaps in lieu of local media? TikTokers in their basement? The algorithm doesn’t incentivize such content and in a culture that is increasingly interested in entertainment over civic duty, I suspect such coverage would never get the views. People turning to fringe blogs and lobbyist groups as their sole source of political commentary is perhaps even more concerning.

Rather than celebrating the layoff of 4000+ Bell Media employees on Thursday, I hope we can focus on the importance of finding a solution… something… that fills the local media gap that is quickly forming. I’m pretty scared of a Canada where these organizations disappear entirely.



Full disclosure—I am a columnist at National Post, who is owned by PostMedia and I’ve work closely with journalists, reporters and many of Canada’s media organizations. My perspective is informed by the incredibly hardworking individuals I’ve come to know and respect to give their blood, sweat and tears to this industry.

Julia Malott

Julia Malott is a Canadian based transgender individual who advocates for bridging the gap between diverse viewpoints on gender identity and ideology. Julia is the host of Alotta Thoughts Podcast which features bi-weekly long form discussions exploring the complexity of sex and gender.

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Julia Malott

Julia Malott is a Canadian based transgender individual who advocates for bridging the gap between diverse viewpoints on gender identity and ideology. Julia is the host of Alotta Thoughts Podcast which features bi-weekly long form discussions exploring the complexity of sex and gender.