Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Hope to see you on Thursday night for the launch of The Yards, a new magazine focused on central Edmonton. Here’s a preview from the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Here’s a preview from Metro.
- Richard Ozero is back at CTV Edmonton! He is part-time there just as he was at Global (he also spends time on his company Good Morning Honey). Awesome parting gift for his colleagues at Global!
- Another follow-up on Edmonton AM’s rise to the top of local radio. Cam Tait writes, “it’s quite the accomplishment for Mark Connolly, who just took the show over in 2013.”
- 96.3 Capital FM has flipped the switch and is now playing “Edmonton’s Greatest Christmas Hits.” I was beginning to wonder if any local station was going to go all-Christmas this year! They made the switch on November 21.
- As far as I can tell, the Shaw Fire Log has not yet returned to TV. But new this year, there’s a Shaw Fire Log app! “Watch the Shaw Fire Log wherever your holiday travels take you.”
- 92.5 Fresh FM’s morning man Pat Staron has announced he is leaving the business to go into insurance sales. All the best!
- The next Social Media Breakfast Edmonton event takes place on Friday, and the theme this time is media. The panel includes Capital Ideas Edmonton’s Karen Unland, 630 CHED’s Brenton Driedger, BT Edmonton’s Jason Halbauer, and CBC Edmonton’s Laura Osman.
- Don’t miss this feature on Daryl Hooke, who is retiring after 41 years at 630 CHED. All the best Daryl!
- Were you wondering how the Edmonton Journal came up with the Power 30? Editor-in-Chief Margo Goodhand explained the process in this interview with Alexandra Zabjek.
- Also check out PostScript, a weekly feature “where we talk to Journal staff about some of the biggest stories, photographs, and headlines to appear in the newspaper that week.”
- Here’s a historic Edmonton Journal front page for you to enjoy!
- Congratulations to the Journal on winning a silver medal for Best Use of Social Media at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Gastropost won gold for Best Email Newsletter.
- The news broke this morning that Pat Quinn has passed away at the age of 71. Writing about his experience covering Quinn, the Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones said he remembers Quinn’s one-year stint as coach of the Oilers fondly. “No coach had a talent for taking one question in a post-game media press conference and chewing on it to such an extent he’d essentially write your column for you.”
- The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association is looking for a Customer Service Representative to join their team.
- Postmedia’s Rob McLaughlin has been appointed Regional Vice President, Editorial for Western Canada, an expansion of his previous role in charge of the prairie regions. He’s the executive responsible for overall newsroom operations at the Edmonton Journal and five other papers. He’ll be relocating to Vancouver in January.
- It sounds like eBooks haven’t been a great business for Canadian newspapers. Edmonton Journal managing editor Stephanie Combs said, “when you’re selling something for a couple dollars, you’re not making a lot of money.”
- Interesting thought piece from Dave Winer: How to rebuild journalism.
- Hot on the heels of Reuters’ decision to eliminate comments on news articles, Re/code has also decided to shift its discussion to social media and has eliminating the comment functionality from its new website.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!