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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is an online news organization that covers public-interest news and culture in British Columbia.

The site was by David Beers, a former Vancouver Sun journalist. It received $190,000 in initial funding from the and a labor-affiliated capital fund.

The Tyee is , though it is not intended to make any money. It operates on about $500,000 to $600,000 per year, which is funded by a of equity sales, advertising, grants, events and donations.

The Tyee solicits donations through the nonprofit Tyee Fellowship Fund, which for investigative projects. It also directly asked its readers for donations in 2009, raising $25,000 and again in 2013, raising . The site also runs staff-taught adult education classes.

The site is staffed by six full-time employees and 20 regular freelance contributors.

The site doesn’t brand itself as liberal, though more than half of its money comes from unions. It also runs a nonprofit group called the Tyee Solutions Society.

The Tyee has and the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s .


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