The Hoser’s Mandate
The Hoser is an independent digital media outlet that covers local news in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada with a progressive approach.
The Hoser’s content is, first and foremost, based in fact and accuracy.
The Hoser aims to be accessible to young, racialized, and diverse people across the city, both as audience members and contributors. Accountability is embedded in our reporting work and in our community feedback.
The Hoser will publish content that will analyze systemic issues and give voice to people who are directly affected by these issues who aren’t normally interviewed in mainstream news media.
The Hoser will have a focus on investigative journalism, local news, an arts and culture section, an opinions section and a section of weekly, biweekly or monthly columns.
The Hoser will work with writers, journalists, videographers, graphic designers and photographers who are from, live in or have a deep understanding of the Greater Toronto Area.
The Hoser aims to pay their staff and contributors fairly and on time, at the same rate or better than other Canadian mainstream media institutions.
The Hoser recognizes that in order to have a varied and diverse understanding of content, its staff and contributors must also be from varied and diverse communities.
The Hoser aims to promote equality and diversity within its content and its space.
The Hoser pledges editorial independence. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
The Hoser strives to hold the powerful in the Greater Toronto Area accountable.
The Hoser aims to produce participatory journalism with ethical organizations in the Greater Toronto Area and give these organizations the media representation they deserve.
The Hoser aims to create a space for learning and education. It will hold classes about journalism, have knowledgeable speakers from varied fields and life experience, and encourage emerging journalists and writers to pitch stories to the publication.
The Hoser editors will work with and guide these new journalists and writers through the publication process, providing a space for education in journalism that does not require post secondary or mainstream media experience. These avenues are not always accessible for all emerging journalists or writers.
The Hoser’s editorial staff will be a collective instead of a top down approach. The team will consist of a small group of diverse journalists who have varying life experience and are from different communities who are dedicated to the publication.
If a correction to an article needs to me made, The Hoser's editorial team will update the article and make our readers aware of the correction.
The Hoser pledges to disclose donations of $5000 or more for the sake of transparency.
The Hoser, like all quality publishers of original journalism, maintains a clear separation between news and advertising content. Advertising that attempts to blur this distinction in a manner that, in The Hoser's sole judgment, confuses readers will be rejected.