Media Monday Edmonton: Update #277

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • The fall radio ratings are out (here are the demographic breakdowns) and show 630 CHED ahead of 102.3 Now! FM. Here is more on the numbers from kowchmedia.
  • From Mike Ross over at Gig City: “The rules of the ‘Find Any Good Song on the Radio’ game are simple: Start at the bottom of the dial and work your way up until you find a good song. If you fail, you have to listen to CBC until you figure out what they’re talking about before you can try again.”
  • In his latest column in the Sun, Marty Forbes remembers Chuck Chandler and Fil Fraser. “If I listed all their accomplishments in this column I’d need the full Page 6 and likely half of Page 7, too.”
  • Liane Faulder wrote The Journal’s latest Life & Times feature on Fil Fraser. “Fraser will be remembered at a public memorial to be held in early 2018.”
  • ICYMI we wrote about membership-based journalism in the Taproot newsletter recently.
  • Back in the fall, CTV Edmonton’s Bill Fortier travelled to Turkey to offer training for new Syrian media outlets in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights. “We are attempting to help Syrian journalists improve their broadcast news writing, empowering them to tell the human rights stories affecting their war-torn home country.” You can read his archived blog entries here.
  • Congratulations to Full Circle Visuals (started by Ryan Jackso+n) on partnering with the Shaw Conference Centre to provide “a fully immersive 360 tour of Edmonton’s premier convention centre utilizing virtual reality technology.”
  • Karen and her daughter attended PodCon in Seattle and also published the second episode of their new podcast, That’s A Thing?!.
  • 630 CHED Santas Anonymous brought in a record-breaking $35,950 during its 24th annual on-air auction.
  • CBC Edmonton’s 22nd annual Turkey Drive starts on Thursday and runs until December 21. “Help us reach our goal of $500,000 in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.”
  • The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton has launched Grandin Media, “a new online media outlet” that “aims to tell the stories of Catholic life in Alberta and also to apply the lens of faith in its coverage of issues that matter in the wider community.” Andrew Ehrkamp is the site’s News Editor.
  • “Before fun was outlawed in newsrooms, the @Edmononsun staff compiled a list of celebrities we (sort of) resembled,” tweeted Chad Huculak. “Many ppl pictured no longer work in journalism,” he added.
  • Times New Roman and Arial don’t mix! Or do they?

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Remembering victims of gender-based violence, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for December 10, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Alberta Legislature Holiday Lights
Alberta Legislature Holiday Lights

Upcoming Events

Premier addresses Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
Premier addresses Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, photo by Government of Alberta

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #276

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Premier Notley addresses AUMA convention on November 23, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for December 3, 2017

Just three weeks to go until Christmas! Where has the time gone?

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

High Street Lights
High Street Lights

Upcoming Events

Edmonton River Valley
Edmonton River Valley

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #275

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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92.5 Fresh FM in Santa’s Parade of Lights

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Pop-up journalism site The Sprawl has re-launched down in Calgary to focus on the municipal budget.
  • The Guardian’s membership program has grown significantly in the last year, to the point that “financial support from readers had officially surpassed advertising revenue”.
  • Meredith Corp., which owns Allrecipes, is buying Time Inc. for $1.85 billion in cash, “a significant bet on the future of the magazine industry.” The company has received financial backing from the Koch brothers to make the deal happen though their investment is being described as “passive”.
  • The Washington Post has published off-the-record comments from a woman who falsely claimed that she was impregnated as a teenager by Roy Moore. “We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith,” said Martin Baron, The Post’s executive editor. “But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us…Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”
  • Founder David Karp has announced he is resigning from Tumblr. “I beg you to understand that my decision comes after months of reflection on my personal ambitions, and at no cost to my hopefulness for Tumblr’s future or the impact I know it can have.”

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 26, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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Edmonton Skyline + Telus Christmas Trees, photo by Jeff Wallace

Upcoming Events

Dudley B. Menzie Bridge Pedestrian Walkway
Dudley B. Menzies Bridge

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #274

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Premier Notley speaks at AAMDC conference, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • In a recent report, the CRTC said “that last year, almost half of Canadians subscribed to some sort of online video service, such as Netflix, CraveTV and others.” And: “Among those between 18 and 34 years old, almost two-thirds subscribe to such a service.”
  • They say it started before Jeff Bezos came along, but increasingly the Washington Post is a software company, offering its Arc Publishing system to other publications as a service.
  • BuzzFeed writes about podfasters, “a subset of podcast obsessives who listen to upward of 50 episodes a week, by…listening extremely fast.” I like to watch videos and listen to some podcasts at 1.5x, but that’s about my limit. Many of these folks listen at speeds of 2x or higher!

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 19, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Edmonton Skyline - Before 6pm
Edmonton Skyline – Before 6pm, photo by Jeff Wallace

Upcoming Events

Santa's Parade of Lights
Santa’s Parade of Lights

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #273

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Service of Remembrance at the Alberta Legislature, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 12, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

  • The City’s 2018 Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustment proposes an increase of 3.6% to the average property tax bill, 1.4% lower than expected. “The budget has been offset in part, thanks to more than $47 million identified in greater savings and efficiences — nearly $15 million more than last year.” Council will deliberate the budget starting December 6.
  • Should the Edmonton Eskimos change their name? Mayor Don Iveson and Winnipeg’s first Métis mayor, Brian Bowman, both think so. “We are keenly listening to all input including from our loyal season seat holders and fans,” the Eskimos said in a statement.
  • BioWare announced it is moving into three floors of Epcor Tower in late 2018 or early 2019. It’ll be great to have them downtown!
  • Mayor Don Iveson says municipalities are not at the table with the provincial and federal governments in discussing marijuana sales. “This is one of those examples where it all runs downhill to us,” he said.
  • The City has launched Change for Climate, “a call to all Edmontonians to take action and work together to reduce our city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 35% (below 2005 levels) by 2035.”
  • The Edmonton Arts Council has announced the consultants that will work together on Edmonton’s next comprehensive Arts & Heritage Plan 2019-2029: A. Adair & Associates Consulting Inc., Calder Bateman, and Purple Aspen.
  • A collection of artwork from Dawn Marie Marchand, a Cree and Métis visual artist from Cold Lake First Nations, and Edmonton’s first Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, is now on display at City Hall. You can see it until November 20.
  • The 44th Canadian Finals Rodeo has come to a close at Northlands Coliseum. Now the question is, where will it take place next year?
  • Phase one of the Blatchford Redevelopment builder selection process is now underway with the Request for Expression of Interest now open and being accepted until December 8.
  • Starting November 20, the number of parking stalls at Century Park is being reduced from 1,085 to 866 due to more private development taking place. “There will be 221 free stalls and 665 reserved stalls available for commuters.”
  • According to Edmonton Police, 33 idling vehicles have been stolen in just the last nine days. “It’s just happening everyday and we just need people to take the time to secure their vehicles,” Staff Sgt. Ron Smithman said.
  • If you can believe it, new signal malfunctions on the Metro Line LRT caused a train to travel down the wrong track this weekend.
  • Edmonton has made the World’s Best Cities list for the first time in 2018, coming in at number 60.
  • For more recent headlines, check out ShareEdmonton.

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Remembrance Day, photo by Premier of Alberta

Upcoming Events

Atmosphere
Atmosphere, photo by Jeff Wallace