National Observer is one of Canada's leading daily news sites. Our newsrooms are in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. We work with freelance writers and reporters across North America.
What we do
Our journalists bring national and provincial politics to you. We prioritize facts, accuracy and ethics. That goes for our investigative journalism as well as our daily news coverage of climate change, energy and the environment. Our Indigenous affairs reporter features the accomplishments of First Nations communities. In our renewable energy coverage, we seek out stories that point the way forward.
We hold decision-makers accountable.
Founded in 2015 by Linda Solomon Wood, National Observer made history in May 2017 as the first digital-only news site ever to win a National Newspaper Award. The award came in the business reporting category.
We're also proud of a 2016 investigative reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for Mike De Souza's series on alleged conflicts of interest within Canada's federal pipeline regulator.
Making history again, Mike's investigation landed us as a finalist for the Michener Awards, one of the highest honours in Canadian journalism. National Observer was the first online-only publication ever to receive a Michener citation of merit from the governor general at Rideau Hall.
Recently, National Observer was named a finalist by the Canadian Online Publishing Awards in the following categories: 'Best News Website' in Canada, 'Best Column or Blog, 'Best Continuing Coverage of a Story,' and 'Best Photo Journalism.'
In November 2016, the COPAs named us 'Independent Publisher of the Year," and gave us top awards in the following categories: 'Best News Coverage', 'Best Digital Solution,' and 'Best Column or Blog,' for associate editor Sandy Garossino's powerful and popular commentary.
National Observer ranked second in COPA's all-Canada competition for 'Best News Website,' right behind the Toronto Star, and has previously received two other nominations for investigative journalism awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Ownership and collaborations
National Observer is owned by Observer Media Group (OMG), and became a certified B corporation in April 2018. OMG qualified for B Corp status for its commitments to social and environmental sustainability, joining a global movement of people using business as a force for good. National Observer's seed funding came from two Kickstarter campaigns: 'Reports from the Energy Battlegrounds,' and 'Reports from the Race Against Climate Change' and equity from Canadian social impact investors and convertible loans.
Solomon Wood, a former journalist, is the founder and majority shareholder of Observer Media Group. Other shareholders include National Observer's senior staff and a group of social impact investors.
In July 2016, the company launched a paywall. The company's goal is to become 100 per cent reader-funded over the next three years. Half of our revenue currently comes from subscriptions.
National Observer has collaborated with the following foundations on journalism projects: United Way of Lower Mainland (for Syrian refugee reporting in 2016); Vancity, Teck Inc. and Tides Canada (for Great Bear Rainforest reporting in 2016); Earthways Foundation (for environmental reporting in 2015) and Tides US (for general reporting in 2015). First Nations Forward collaborators: BC Real Estate Foundation, Vancity Credit Union, McConnell Family Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Echo Foundation, I-SEA, and the Canadian Centre for Investigative Journalism, The Donner Canadian Foundation. Canada's Clean Energy Transition: The Ivey Foundation. National Observer is part of The Facebook Journalism Project. We received support from Heritage Canada's Canadian Periodical Fund in 2018.
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