Media Monday Edmonton: Update #9

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

Merged Weeklies

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

  • Anonymous

    Hey, thanks for top billing. 🙂 I hope I’m not horning in on your territory. I’m having a lot of fun putting into practice some of the advice I’ve soaked up from you over the past few years.

    I’m glad you brought up the paywall issue. It was disappointing to see Postmedia experiment with metering in Victoria and Montreal. I just don’t get how making it harder for people to get news serves journalism well. Some have said’ “Look, it’s just an experiment, let’s see what happens.” OK, but if you’re experimenting, why not try some new things? Why not run through Steve Buttry’s revenue-generating ideas — http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/newspapers-dont-need-new-ideas-here-are-lots-of-ideas-for-new-revenue-streams/– instead of wasting energy closing the barn door long after the horse has run far, far away?
    Anyway, that’s not my fight anymore. Very interesting to watch it play out from the outside.
    Anyway, it’s not my fight

    • Is it possible to have territory in this new world of media?! Nah, I love that you’re doing it, that’s why you’re linked first. Keep it up!

      Agreed that the paywall experiment is disappointing. It’ll be interesting to watch it play out.

  • Anonymous

    Further to the paywall discussion, here’s Mathew Ingram’s take: http://gigaom.com/2011/06/06/why-newspaper-paywalls-are-still-a-bad-idea/

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  • I’m wondering what will become of the SEE boxes. Do the City newspaper box licenses expire, or need to be updated, when a publication ceases its work? I can’t see Vue benefiting from two boxes at most locations either.

    I don’t know how I feel about Global touting 43 hours of local news each week. Removing national and international stories and segments and commercials (at least those that are not for local/regional businesses), and subtracting the repeat airings of the same stories (and scores and weather forecasts) in a 24-36 hour period certainly puts you on the air 43 hours, but doesn’t leave me with 43 hours to watch.

    That’s not to take anything away from producing an hour or two of local content every day. That is a big undertaking and worthwhile.

    As website guy, I will also be watching the paywall experiment. I need to find a way to coat everything in solid gold.

    • I’m wondering about the boxes too. I can’t imagine they’ll keep them around for long.