The Vancouver Observer

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The Vancouver Observer
Type Daily news website and blog
Format Online Newspaper
Owner(s) Observer Media Group
Publisher Linda Solomon
Editor Jenny Uechi
Founded 2006 (2006)
Headquarters Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Vancouver Observer is an independent online newspaper.

The site was founded in 2006 by journalist Linda Solomon as an online platform for Vancouver bloggers, writers, reporters, photographers and filmmakers.[1] Novelist Ruth Ozeki was involved in the early stages of the site as an adviser. The Observer covers local politics, arts, the environment, technology, health, nutrition, and other topics. It also provides online events listings and a forum for individuals to upload their own stories. The Observer also has a YouTube channel, which features interviews and mini-documentaries.

Awards and recognition

The Vancouver Observer won the Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award in June 2014 for local/regional reporting. Finalists in the category included Global Calgary and CBC Edmonton. Vancouver Observer reporter Matthew Millar broke the story about Canada's Security Intelligence Review Committee chair Chuck Strahl working as a registered lobbyist for Enbridge, resulting in his resignation. The Vancouver Observer also broke a story about Canada's National Energy Board, a federal energy regulator, coordinating with police for monitoring of environmental advocates involved in the joint review panel hearings on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. At the award ceremony, Vancouver Observer publisher Linda Solomon announced the upcoming launch of a national news site, the National Observer, with a focus on energy and federal politics.

The Vancouver Observer won first place in Masthead's 2010 Canadian Online Publishing Awards green division for best online-only articles for its "Lost Canadians" series, by Darren Fleet and Megan Stewart, who were both completing their master's degrees at University of British Columbia Journalism School at the time.[2] The Observer was also a finalist in three categories in the 2011 Awards: Best Overall Website, Best Online-Only Articles, and Best Newsletter.[3]

National Observer
Type Daily news website and blog
Format Online Newspaper
Owner(s) Observer Media Group
Editor Linda Solomon, Jenny Uechi
Founded 2015 (2015)
Headquarters Vancouver, BC, Canada

The National Observer

The National Observer is an independent online newspaper published by the Observer Media Group, publishers of The Vancouver Observer.[4] The publication has a focus on energy, the environment, and federal politics.

The site was founded through a Kickstarter campaign.[5]

See also

The National Observer (Canada)


  1. ^ Rossi, Cheryl (March 23, 2010). "Journalist pens love story to adopted city". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2010". Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2010. Masthead Magazine. Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2011". Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Masthead. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  4. ^ Braganza, Chantal. "Energy and politics news site National Observer to launch this week". The Canadian Journalism Project. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Reports from the Energy Battlegrounds". Kickstarter. Retrieved 14 October 2015.

External links

  • Alexandra Samuel: Welcome to Vancouver, the World's Largest Social Media Experiment, Harvard Business Review, February 12, 2010
  • Vancouver Observer (official site)
  • National Observer (official site)
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