2012 Press releases
April 3rd 2012
Trawler, a new Canadian media startup project, seeks applications for its 2012 campaign
Ottawa – A new independent Canadian media startup project, Trawler has launched its spring 2012 recruitment season. The website is a curated opinion aggregator: its contributors, hailing from a dozen countries, monitor opinion pieces appearing in their country’s major newspapers, rating the ones most representative of the current public discourse on a number of soft options.
Trawler was begun by a few graduate students in Ottawa as a means to determine the most important voices in the media with the idea that identifying these voices would help them to better interpret current events. Having experienced some growth from these early days, Trawler now wishes to expand its line of contributors to people from other backgrounds. “Ideally, we’re looking to create a roster of 15-20 Canadian contributors, anybody from graduate students to retired MPs, former civil servants and professors emeriti. We are trying to balance the vigour of youth with the astute analytical skills that come at the end of a long career”, says Dan Monafu, Trawler’s founder.
Trawler’s mission is to increase Canadians’ levels of political awareness and help them come to a personal stance on their countries’ big questions by building awareness of multiple positions. Through its database tool, the site also aims to, over time, map out the entire media landscape of the countries covered: “We’re looking to figure out the public discourses taking place at the national level, as well as who the ambassadors for the various positions narrating the discourses really are”, says Mr. Monafu.
Trawler invites applications from Canadians eager to explore Canada’s media landscape, and who are willing, as objectively as they can, to hear the many sides of an issue, as presented by Canada’s news commentators. To apply, send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th, 2012.
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