The Sprawl is independent local journalism. It's crowdfunded, ad-free, and made in Calgary— a reinvention of news in tough times.
We launched in September 2017 to cover Calgary’s municipal election. It began as a zany experiment. And hey, it worked! A surge of community support turned our tiny shop into a stable online publication.
Today we’re supported by ordinary folks—2,000+ monthly members and counting!—who want to see local journalism done differently. We focus on Calgary but sometimes we add Edmonton stories into the mix, too.
In 2018, we won a national Digital Publishing Award for best news coverage (small newsroom). In 2019, we won a Digital Publishing Award for general excellence in digital publishing. In 2020, we were shortlisted for another Digital Publishing Award ("best news coverage") for our Alberta election coverage, alongside The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir and Radio-Canada.
In 2020, The Sprawl won $135,000 in grant funding from the Facebook Journalism Project specifically to build our membership program. Additionally, we received a $30,000 grant from the Canada Periodical Fund.
The Sprawl is a member of the National NewsMedia Council, a voluntary self-regulatory organization that deals with ethical and journalistic practices in gathering and reporting the news. See mediacouncil.ca or call 1-844-877-1163 for more information.
Jeremy Klaszus is a Calgary journalist who has written about the city for nearly two decades. He's been a staff reporter for Fast Forward Weekly, a columnist for the Calgary Herald and Metro, a radio reporter for CBC and a freelancer for Swerve, Alberta Views and Monocle. A two-time winner of National Magazine Awards, he launched The Sprawl in 2017 to help fill the ever-widening gaps in the city's media landscape.