Around the world, political parties and governments are contending with voters who are disenchanted and unpredictable. The sense that politicians don’t listen to their concerns or understand their lives has given rise to populist movements and polarizing leaders. The news media are facing similar levels of discontent and volatility, and must engage in a deeper reflection around whether their practices are fit for the social, demographic, and technological realities of 2019. This series of articles, in advance of Canada’s 2019 general election, will take a critical eye to how the news media cover campaigns and how their work is impacted by emerging online trends.

Financial support for this series was provided in part by the National NewsMedia Council.

Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Matthew Usherwood