At The Discourse, we approach local news differently. Instead of reporting on what we think matters, our journalists listen to you first — without an agenda. Cowichan’s dedicated reporter, Jacqueline Ronson, conducts community interviews to produce stories that respond to your needs, including this fact check of questionable information widely shared online about a housing referendum, and this investigation into allegations that a local paper was deliberately avoiding critical coverage of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.
When reporting on challenges that don’t fit neatly into the daily news cycle, like a dog-abuse trial that prompted racist comments online, we don’t just look at the surface-level symptoms — we dig into the underlying causes. To do this, we take the time to understand your perspective and earn your trust first, before we write or record.
We invite people with different perspectives to join the conversation, so we’re not just preaching to the choir. By connecting with people of all backgrounds — from youth to LGBTQ2S and Indigenous communities — the information we provide better reflects the rich diversity of Cowichan. Whether it’s sharing tools with future citizen journalists, co-creating best practices for child welfare reporting or just having a coffee with you, we believe in the power of community.