Director - Lindsay Fitzgerald


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© 2018 Shattered Doc

Sponsors: SSHRC and Ryerson Journalism Research Centre  

In what has now been deemed the “age of post-truth”, Shattered (working title) documents the lives of four journalists in the midst of an industry-wide crisis. Set against the backdrop of fake news and alt-facts, the film uses a cinema verite approach to capture the incertitude of our time.

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Listen to interview with producer-director Lindsay Fitzgerald on CBC Ideas here


In 2017 Postmedia and Torstar— parent company of the Toronto Star— swapped more than 40 local community newspapers, most were promptly closed. Approximately 291 jobs were lost as a result. 


Since Shattered began filming more than 300 jobs, and 37 newspapers have been lost with even more changes occurring each day that impact the lives of not only journalists, but you, the readers as well.

Click to the next slide for a virtual walk-through of the crisis timeline