"Champions" by Ola Volo

Champion The Truth with Canada’s News Media and unique Canadian art by Ola Volo

by W. Andrew Powell

Canada is a beautiful and diverse country that’s filled with incredible stories, and that’s why independent news media is so important. News Media Canada is celebrating the storytellers and that diversity this year with their new Champion The Truth collection, and a very special limited-edition art piece called “Champions.”

For this year’s National Newspaper Week, the annual celebration of news media in communities across the country, the Champion The Truth collection was created by artist Ola Volo and symbolizes journalists and readers across Canada’s diverse landscape.

Volo spoke to stakeholders from local newspapers across the country to help inspire the work, and she created a vivid and iconic piece of art thanks in part to those conversations. The work of art represents the diversity of people, perspectives, and voices in Canada, and it’s a conversation starter that speaks to Canada’s news media landscape, and the role it plays in communities big and small.

Local news media are a vital part of the fabric of Canada, and help celebrate our strengths, connect our communities, and they’re a trusted source of information.

Keeping Canadians informed with fact-based reporting is one of the most important parts of what newspapers do, and the country turns to them again and again, all year round. One study showed that nine out of 10 Canadians, or 87% of adults, read newspapers every week, either in print or digital.

The exclusive, limited-edition signed prints are available for $125, and they’re printed in Ottawa, Canada on 300gsm fine art 100% cotton, acid-free paper. There is also a soft cover journal available for $24.95.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the collection will be donated to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, a Canadian organization that defends the rights of journalists and press freedom throughout the world.

To purchase a print of “Champions”, or a journal, visit Nationalnewspaperweek.ca.

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