It's complicated

It's complicated r1 ... View this e-mail in your browser. Brexit. Wexit. Don Cherry. Climate change.

There’s no denying we’re living through some tumultuous times.

Amidst all the madness, I’ve spent quite a bit of time this past year thinking about journalism’s role in all of this: how do the stories we publish potentially fuel the divisiveness? And, on the flip side, how can our journalism foster understanding?

Given our efforts to cover conflict differently, we are really excited about being featured by the U.S.-based Center for Understanding in Conflict this month.

Looking back on that interview, one quote in particular sticks out for me.

“There is a misunderstanding right now that online readers just want short, clickbait type stories. Some people do but on the whole people want meaningful journalism that helps them makes sense of the world.”

In a sea of misinformation and flashy headlines, we’re working really hard at The Narwhal to do things differently. To tell stories thoughtfully. To help you make sense of complex issues. To include the voices of people who you don’t traditionally hear from in the media.

And time and time again, our readers prove they’re willing to pay for this type of journalism. In just one week, 73 more readers have become new monthly members. Thank you!

We’re so close to reaching our target of 900 monthly members by the end of November, which will enable us to hire another editor. If you haven’t signed up yet, please consider becoming a monthly member today for as little as $5 a month.

We have more good news to share this week (hint: it involves awards!), so keep scrolling!

Emma Gilchrist

P.S. For every story you read on The Narwhal, there’s a mountain of work going on behind the scenes. As of right now, we have just one full-time editor. We are bursting at the seams and urgently need to hire another editor. We need just 54 more of you to become a member today to help us tell more important stories about Canada’s natural world.

P.P.S. It might seem like your small, monthly contribution won’t make a difference, but get this: together, our 846 monthly members give nearly $150,000 a year. Every little bit counts!

B.C. grants $1.2 billion in deep well subsidies to fracking companies in two years: new report

By Judith Lavoie

Although the amount of natural gas fracked in the northeast corner of the province has increased by 70 per cent over the last decade, British Columbia is increasingly out of pocket when it comes to collecting on this industry's resource royalties, according to newly released data. Read more.

Inaugural Far North Photo Festival celebrates beauty of the land, people

By Carol Linnitt

The new festival in Yellowknife is a gathering of Arctic talent and an important challenge to the dominant frames through which the world often sees the North's underrepresented ways of life. Read more.

The Narwhal is a proud sponsor of the Far North Photo Festival which will bring together the Yellowknife community this weekend, November 15-17, through exhibits, presentations, workshops, portfolio reviews and guidance.

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