About The Walrus
The Walrus was founded in 2003. As a registered charity, we publish independent, fact-based journalism in The Walrus and at thewalrus.ca; we produce national, ideas-focused events, including our flagship series The Walrus Talks; and we train emerging professionals in publishing and non-profit management. The Walrus is invested in the idea that a healthy society relies on informed citizens.
The Walrus publishes content nearly every day on thewalrus.ca and ten times a year in print. Our editorial priorities include politics and world affairs, health and science, society, the environment, law and justice, Indigenous issues, business and economics, the arts (including music, dance, film and television, literature, and fiction and poetry), and Canada’s place in the world.
Based in Toronto, The Walrus currently has a full-time editorial staff of fifteen, and we work with writers and artists across Canada and the world. Our masthead can be found here.
Ownership, Funding, and Grants
The Walrus is operated by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation, which is overseen by a board of directors, with the support of a national advisory committee and an educational review committee. The foundation’s revenue comes from multiple sources, including advertising sales, sponsorships, circulation, donations, government grants, and events.
The Walrus receives funding from external organizations for certain projects. For example, the Slaight Family Foundation funds the Allan Slaight Writer’s Fund. Funding organizations do not have any direct influence over editorial content.
The Walrus, like other Canadian publications, receives financial support from the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. A description of this funding is available here.
More than 1,500 donors and sponsors supported The Walrus in 2018 and in 2017.
The Walrus is committed to reporting that is fair, accurate, complete, transparent, and independent.
Stories that appear in The Walrus and thewalrus.ca are fact-checked. Our fact-checkers verify everything from broad claims made by authors to small details, such as dates and the spelling of names. Fact-checking records at The Walrus are archived in storage once a story is published.
The Walrus counts on its writers to make independent evaluations of difficult topics. The best journalism—no matter how descriptive, opinion driven, or narrative driven—is based on facts, and those facts should be clearly presented in the story. The Walrus is committed to ensuring the validity of an argument and finding balance between various perspectives on any given issue, while keeping in mind the reliability and motivations of individual sources.
As soon as The Walrus is made aware of an error, fact-checkers will review the statement in question. Any needed corrections will be noted online at the bottom of the article—and in the next print issue, if the error originally appeared in print. The correction will reference the original error and supply the correct information and the date.
If you notice an error in something published by The Walrus, please send us a message at email@example.com with the subject line “Correction.”
The Walrus allows the use of pseudonyms in published work only in cases where there is clear and pressing need for anonymity, such as legitimate concern for the safety of sources, or where personal privacy must be protected for serious reasons. The decision to use a veiled source is made solely at the discretion of the editors of The Walrus.
Journalism at The Walrus is produced independently of commercial or political interests. The editorial staff and writers do not accept gifts in order to avoid any conflict of interest or appearance thereof. When a writer relies on an organization for travel or access to an event or product, we are transparent about the relationship and note it within the relevant work. We also cite potential conflicts of interest—and, where applicable, credit funding sources—on the same page as the relevant work.
Contributors or writers are contractually obligated to disclose practices that may deviate from the ethics policy of The Walrus to our editorial team.
The Walrus maintains a style guide, which is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect current conversations about culture and terminology.
For any situation not covered by this policy, we refer to the Ethics Guidelines of the Canadian Association of Journalists.
The Walrus invites feedback from the public on the values, issues, and ideas covered in our journalism. Audience feedback may help The Walrus develop an individual story or line of coverage, answer questions that a story may raise, identify related or under-covered issues, and learn about new sources, experts, and perspectives. If you have any questions, ideas, or comments, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This address is monitored by the digital staff, and emails are forwarded to the appropriate departments.
Inclusiveness is at the heart of thinking and acting as journalists—and supports the educational mandate of The Walrus. Race, class, generation, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and geography all affect point of view. The Walrus believes that reflecting societal differences in reporting leads to better, more nuanced stories and a better-informed community.
The Walrus is committed to employment equity and diversity.
The Walrus sends out a yearly voluntary survey to full-time employees in order to compile statistics about employment equity. To protect individual privacy, we do not publicly disclose the results of this survey.