Media Monday Edmonton: Update #39 (Wonderkid Edition)

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • To say that today was an interesting day in the Edmonton mediasphere would be a huge understatement. The big news is that Brittney Le Blanc, aka “Wonderkid”, is leaving 630CHED/iNews880 after six years with the organization. She wrote: “Saying goodbye is one of the toughest things for me. I hate doing it… but it’s the right time, and I look forward to keeping in touch with my friends from the station as I move on to the next challenge.”
  • She is joining the Edmonton Journal as part of the Edmonton Experiment – an attempt to “identify, customize and build new products to serve our community”. Brittney will be working with Karen Unland who is back at the Journal to lead the project – and that itself is a big story! In a matter of days the Journal has managed to hire two of the most innovative members of Edmonton’s media community. Karen called it an offer she couldn’t refuse. Well Karen, I’d say snagging the Wonderkid is a great way to start your new job! Karen wrote about bringing Brittney on board here.
  • In an interesting twist, Corus Entertainment isn’t the organization on the losing side of this news. The Edmonton Sun also loses Brittney, who had taken on the Page Six column. I understand tomorrow’s column will be her last.

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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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

  • http://twitter.com/britl Brittney Le Blanc

    Mack, thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I hope Karen and I are able to live up to expectations our announcements have made. Also, congratulations to CTV on snagging Linda – a brilliant and talented Journalist who I know we’ll see amazing things from. A big week in #yegmedia to be sure.

  • http://twitter.com/journalistjeff Jeff Samsonow

    So much to comment on!

    Brittney and Karen are going to innovate the heck out of things. With Linda crossing town, it’s a big shift in local media rock stars this week.

    Great to see your #abvote dashboard soared on election night. One of the things I’m most proud of looking back at the edmontonian is that our best day ever was the day of #yegvote 2010. Goosecams are fun, but people clearly crave real news and information. It’s always reassuring to see that.

    The St. Albert Gazette is a great little newspaper. It’s always got a tonne of local (local to those northwest of Edmonton anyway) and provincial coverage. Plus, their staff seems to be active on Twitter and online.