CFN represents an interesting cross roads in journalism.
Is news different than entertainment?
Has the news become too corporate?
Are media outlets too afraid to report news for fear of losing clients?
Can you trust anything you read if jaundiced by that?
Does the public care about important issues?
How can they care about important issues if they aren’t aware of them?
How can media cover certain stories if we’re in fear of losing revenue?
Here in Cornwall we’ve seen two media outlets essentially front for a very corrupt council. We saw Todd Lihou refuse to practice proper journalism during the election. We saw prejudice cloud the news from traditional media outlets. We saw one newsroom close only to see Bill Kingston create a new news site yet still practice corrupt media gaining favour of Denis Thibault and the EOTB which uses public dollars and chose to advertise there.
We’ve seen a reporter dumped from his outlet for covering the Kilger council. We have heard allegations that after one radio news guy blasted Mayor Kilger last term it resulted in ad cuts which resulted in no more newsroom for that station killing three jobs.
Now to many of you these sorts of issue don’t matter. That’s your choice, but for others important issues are something you want to know about.
For media to survive we need revenue. We need to be able to support staff and some stories can be very expensive to cover.
It’s time for Cornwall to decide if they want real truly independent media.
Do you value that? Do you want it and how will you support it?
Now all media are struggling with many of these questions, but after three years of a very silly, divisive, and destructive boycott it’s time for Cornwall to show some support back. A boycott that looks like will continue under the O’Shaughnessy council.
CFN wants to raise $100,000 for our budget for 2015.
We can only do that with our viewers help.
Some of you own businesses and can advertise with us.
Some of you have resources and can donate some of those if you care to.
Some of you can simply let government agencies know that CFN should have some of their tax funded budgets.
Government of Canada
Government of Ontario
The United Counties of SD&G
MP Guy Lauzon
MPP Jim McDonell
Upper Canada Village
and more government agencies all spend your dollars. With the largest market share in Cornwall shouldn’t some of their budgets be spent with CFN? Why can the Standard Freeholder have called the McGuinty government “McFiberals” and still get ad dollars and CFN none?
The City of Cornwall and related agencies as well boycott CFN.
Our viewers can also let the businesses they shop at or services use know that they read us and that perhaps some of their budgets might be considered with the most read media in Cornwall and the area?
The numbers don’t lie. It’s time for the community to show back some of the same support that we’ve show it.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If CFN has accomplished anything over the last six years I think we’ve shown that a single person can make a difference. Now it’s time for you to make a difference, and if you value CFN now is the time to show that support.
There’s also been some confusion about what CFN really is and really about. I would encourage anyone to read our Mission and Vision Statement page.
CFN has achieved an amazing feat with little to no resources. Imagine the impact we can all have on our community if Cornwall shows its support? Will you take that step?
Let’s all make 2015 a memorable year for this city!
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