FRIENDS provides Canadians with the content they need to understand the state of journalism and storytelling in our country and how the changing landscape affects our democracy, culture, and daily life.
We publish original content (opinion pieces, personal essays, interviews, investigative reporting, and feature articles), a weekly briefing of the latest happenings (including articles from outside sources), press releases, blog posts written internally, and more.
All articles go through a rigorous editorial process that can take several months to complete, depending on circumstances specific to each submission. As such, we prefer pitches that will still be relevant once the current news cycle has passed.
We look for fresh, sharp, original thinking. Topics that interest us include, but are not limited to:
- The link between democracy and the media (for examples, view our Dalton Camp Award–winning articles).
- The value of public broadcasting, the role of public broadcasting in a healthy democratic society, and the future of public broadcasting.
- How other countries are managing the media crisis.
- The impact of the media crisis on a cause you know well.
- The impact of local journalism on individual communities, especially Indigenous and minority communities.
- Fake news and corruption in the media.
- How digital media is shifting the cultural landscape.
- Cultural policy in the internet age and managing the impact of new technologies on the cultural sphere.
- The balance between consumer choice and the need to create a protected space for Canadian content to develop
- What Canadian content means and what importance it has on our national identity.
- How foreign media giants (including Google and Facebook) behave, the role they play in creating Canadian content, and how (much) they should be regulated.