Media Monday Edmonton: Update #67

Happy Family Day! Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Big news for The Yeggies! The shortlist of nominees has been announced, as has the date and location for the event. Mark your calendars for May 4th at the Shaw Conference Centre! I am honored to have been nominated in the “Best in Edmonton” and “Best in Political or Current Affairs” categories.
  • Can’t wait for Meet the Media happening on Friday at The Underground Tap & Grill. Looks like it’ll be a full house with 160 people registered!
  • I have to admit, I was not familiar with #fashionfridays until Sharon pointed out this article to me: “The hashtag has since morphed into a way for Edmontonians to highlight local trends, inspire new wardrobe ideas and for the city’s designers contributing to the #fashionfridays to gain worldwide exposure.”
  • Chris Cameron is the new “midday guy” on 105.9 ShineFM.
  • The next Writer’s Corner is coming up on Sunday at the Riverbend Branch of EPL and the topic is blogging! Sharon Yeo and Dave Cournoyer are the featured guests.
  • SONiC has a new evening weekend show featuring Jason Parsons called SUBSONiC. The show will feature original songs and remixes from bands like Metric, Deadmau5, and M83.
  • Love this: RIP Jimmy the News Fish.
  • Apparently it was World Radio Day on February 13, though I’m not sure how seriously to take that after seeing the website.
  • Lucas calls out CBC for claiming they have exclusives when they really don’t. That led to a few snarky replies from Charles Rusnell. You can check out the entire back-and-forth here. I know the local media generally don’t talk about one another publicly, but I would welcome more of this.
  • I really appreciate this look at web stats in Relinked, and I enjoy the commentary too: “I have a working theory that if you printed out each and every online reader comment that stemmed from the Journal’s coverage of the bicycle lane story, the resulting paper trail would be longer than the 23 kilometres of lanes the city plans to paint this year.”
  • The Art of Conversation LXXVIII takes place on February 27 at Kelly’s Pub. “Bring a friend or two! No need to RSVP. All we ask is you stick out your hand and strike up a conversation with someone you’ve not met before. Leave your career at the door! This is not about networking, or marketing, or any such nonsense. It’s about good conversation.”
  • EPCOR was the talk of Twitter this week as word spread that they had cut off power for a senior. In response, EPCOR tried to clarify the facts, but that doesn’t appear to have had much effect on the discussion on Twitter. Linda wrote more about the story in her latest column.

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.

  • Justin Archer

    Thanks for posting Mack. The link to the Lucas Timmons/Charles Rusnell exchange is interesting.

    I won’t get into what is or isn’t an exclusive piece of content but it is a good reminder of how close the media watch each other and their desire to get stories first.

  • Justin Archer

    I’ll expand on my comment below with a short thought on the impact of the media watching each other so closely.

    For the most part PR people pitch stories to the media that are news-ish. A lot of the real news gets covered without a media release–things like traffic, weather, disasters, government and politics.

    If a PR person is working to put out a story there’s a decent chance that it is potentially new worthy but also potentially not.

    In my experience it is much more likely that a story will be picked up by all the outlets if it is picked up by one. I think this demonstrates the propensity in the media to watch each other and to be more open to a particular news item if it has been covered elsewhere. The reality of the snowball effect for news stories is demonstrated by the Timmons/Rusnell exchange you link to.

    • http://blog.mastermaq.ca Mack D. Male

      I definitely notice this as well. There’s safety in numbers, is the way I think about it.

  • http://pageoneseo.ca Alain Saffel

    On the CBC/Journal squabble and your comment that you’d welcome more of this, I have to disagree. With the gutting of newsrooms everywhere, I’d prefer they focus on producing great work, which both organizations have.

    Leave the meta discussion to the readers.