Impact is core to Observer Media Group's mission.
OMG is now a registered BCorp and will measure impact based on the Alexa reputation score (a measure of how trusted a media source is) and subscriptions from public policy organizations and universities. In addition, National Observer actively monitors policy changes and outcomes created after investigations and special reports are published on the site. For additional details on National Observers impact please see their site: https://www.nationalobserver.com/impact. Below are some examples:
Observer Media's editor-in-chief, Linda Solomon, has made it a strong policy to interview Indigenous people in news stories and focus on full, in-depth interviews that allowed them to tell their story, rather than just obtain soundbites. The importance of representing Indigenous voices in news about such projects has been a strong focus of both Vancouver Observer and National Observer and has led to the First Nations Forward series which focuses on successes in Indigenous communities in British Columbia in the area of land and water management.
Trudeau government to turn over new leaf in 'transformative' rights recognition framework
First Nations Forward
By Elizabeth McSheffrey, February 14th, 2018
The House of Irving by Bruce Livesey received considerable feedback from academics and readers in New Brunswick due to the lack of scrutiny of Canada's fourth richest family over the past few decades. In August 2016, the Maine Sun journal requested permission to republish the Irvings Invasion of Maine story. University of New Brunswick subscribed in order to use the series in a course in the business school.
What have the Irvings done to New Brunswick?
House of Irvings
By Bruce Livesy, June 6th, 2016
Kinder Morgan pipeline
Observer Media was early, again, to cover the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, even when the project was almost free of controversy in 2011. When the protests by a handful of university professors and activists on Burnaby Mountain against the project turned into one of the largest civil protests in recent history in 2014, with over 120 individuals arrested, our reporters were covering the events almost daily, with powerful videos and photos showing the arrest of professors, youth, business owners, seniors, First Nation leaders and family members of environmentalist David Suzuki. Again, we were providing detailed coverage at a time when Postmedia (which owns the only two major newspapers in Greater Vancouver) editorials were denouncing the protests for standing in the way of Canada's economic interests.
The Energy East pipeline proposal was abandoned last fall. The project would have crossed almost 3,000 waterways (828 in Quebec alone) endangering the drinking water of 5 million Canadians. The project was abandoned following extensive coverage by National Observer, most notably the explosive revelations that led to the suspension of project hearings, recusal of the chair and members of the National Energy Board and the restaffing of the NEB by the Trudeau government. A full modernization of the agency is now underway.
Thousands rally against Kinder Morgan after court injunction
By Dylan Waisman, March 10th, 2018
Grizzly bears are now safe from trophy hunting in British Columbia.For many years, Vancouver and National Observer kept a drumbeat of coverage going on this issue.
B.C. Government Announces End to Grizzly Hunt
By Jenny Uechi, December 18th, 2017
Price of Oil
National Observer's groundbreaking 'Price of Oil' collaboration has resulted in action by Ontario government.
Price of Oil' is the largest partnership of its kind ever undertaken in Canada — a project of National Observer along with Global TV, the Toronto Star, the Corporate Mapping project, The Michener Foundation and journalism schools at the universities of Concordia, Ryerson, Regina and British Columbia.
How the reporters in an historic Canadian journalism collaboration cornered a silent killer
The Price of Oil
By Elizabeth McSheffrey, October 2nd, 2017