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The Wren is bringing local, in-depth journalism to Kamloops. As a community-driven outlet, we want to build it with people like you, who care about the future of our community.

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About The Wren

A confluence of solutions and culture

Wrens are a diverse family of small wild birds who are known for their loud and complex songs. They are also known to represent spring and rebirth, often making their home across Interior B.C. 

Our team felt this would be an appropriate symbol to represent our ideas around in-depth community news and solutions-based reporting.

Who is behind The Wren?

For several years, Brandi Schier has worked alongside Kamloops journalists who care deeply about their community. She’s learned people want to see independent, in-depth, solutions-focused local news.

As the new CEO of Discourse Community Publishing, Brandi leads a growing network of independent news outlets, including IndigiNewsThe Discourse and Sun Peaks Independent News. She’s working with her team to reimagine journalism to better serve communities, and is thrilled to launch The Wren as part of this family.

The Wren is looking for local storytellers and photographers to produce its first journalism series. If you’d like to contribute or know someone who would, send Brandi an email at [email protected]

What readers are saying

[I want to see] Community leaders, people or businesses that are making our city a better place. Some news outlets always highlight the same things over and over and are never interested in focusing on what’s new and changing. We live in a very livable place and there isn’t enough highlighted about it.

We need a media outlet that brings positive connections where people look forward to it instead of feeling drained before even reading the news.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Since 2014, The Discourse has been reimagining journalism from the ground up: how it is produced and delivered, how it is funded and, most importantly, how it can serve communities.

This year, The Discourse joined Sun Peaks Independent News to become Discourse Community PublishingIndigiNews, The Discourse and Sun Peaks Independent News are all part of this family. Together these outlets are active members of Press Forward, Canada’s association for independent media.

The team currently working to launch The Wren includes Discourse Community Publishing CEO Brandi Schier (based in Sun Peaks and Kamloops) community editor Lauren Kaljur (based in Vancouver, B.C.), and Tegwyn Hughes (based in Victoria, B.C.). We’re looking for local storytellers and photographers to lead this work. If you’d like to contribute or know someone who would, send us an email at [email protected]

We believe everyone deserves in-depth journalism. We don’t hide our work behind a paywall or depend on funding from big corporations. Instead, we’re mostly funded by readers, so we are accountable to the communities we serve. From past experience, we know that people and organizations who see the benefit of community-driven local journalism will be willing to chip in to keep it going.

Beyond reader support, we also rely on value-aligned grants from organizations like the Vancouver Foundation to fund our work.

We’re committed to building partnerships that strengthen our community-led coverage and are driven by our core values and a commitment to independence.

We welcome feedback and suggestions from everyone in our community, but funders must agree not to ask for special access or influence If you’re interested in learning more about partnering with us, send us an email at [email protected]

Kamloops is a growing hub filled with diverse, smart and insightful people. We’ve heard loud and clear that you want more in-depth local news that connects, rather than divides, and points to solutions. We’ve heard you want reporters to deliver in-depth community features and investigations.

A healthy news ecosystem is a diverse one. Journalists at Discourse Community Publishing are committed to filling in the gaps in news coverage, not competing with existing local outlets. We know that there are a lot of stories to tell that go beyond daily news and we’re ready to tell them with your support.

We acknowledge that we are uninvited guests on the lands of the Secwépemc Nation whose Secwépemc’ulucw guides the people born from its creation story. As an organization founded by settler people, we continue to benefit from the systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and denied their rights to self-determination. In our work we pledge to hold these systems accountable, while we also honour the people of the land by treading softly on lands that do not know us.

In accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action directed at the media and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), The Wren is committed to tell stories that reflect and respect the rights and knowledge of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. We recognize the power we have as storytellers and our collective responsibility to decolonize local journalism. This work is ongoing. Have a suggestion? Write to us [email protected]

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