Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- So you want to be an anchor? Join CTV Edmonton at K-Days with an on-air personality from noon to 9pm daily. When we were there on Saturday, Daryl McIntyre was sharing the desk!
- Today is the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing. Zoey Duncan wrote about how the Calgary Herald covered the story, and noted that “in Edmonton, shopkeepers had planned to set up television sets in their windows so people out enjoying Klondike Days could watch.”
- Welcome to Shallima Maharj who has joined Global Edmonton from Saskatoon.
- Leaving Edmonton is Julie Nolin who is off to CTV Vancouver. Her last day with CTV Edmonton was July 18.
- For a look at all the new stuff in the world of social media, check out Linda’s post.
- And if you’re looking for some great local blogs to read, look no further than Karen’s latest roundup!
- Elise Stolte has created a Facebook page, following in the footsteps of other Journal staffers before her. Do other local media orgs do this?
- Cam Tait wrote about Jamie Farr’s connection with Edmonton. Best known as Klinger in MASH, Farr most recently hosted a daily radio travel feature and was set to star in the Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s production of The Last Romance. He has had to leave the show for health reasons.
- This is from a couple weeks ago, but just caught my eye recently. Gary Lamphier used the BizBuzz blog to correct “one glaring omission” from a recent column. He wrote about local CEOs, but didn’t feature a single female CEO. In the blog post, he wrote: “Unfortunately, in Monday’s rush to meet my deadline, I took the easy route, seeking out some of the male CEOs I have interviewed most frequently over the years.” Good thing we have blogs!
- Here’s a feature on Albertan Tricia Helfer and her new show Ascension.
- Cheryl wrote about French food blogger Caroline Doudet who was sued by a restaurant she wrote a negative review about. Here’s more on the story from Eater. In the end, it looks as though the restaurant may not get to enjoy its legal victory as many others are defending the blogger online, leaving negative reviews of the restaurant in protest over its decision to sue.
- Edmonton-based Mosaic Entertainment is increasing its digital media efforts for season three of Tiny Plastic Men.
- Early heads up on an event taking place on August 16 at the University of Alberta called Canadian Magazines: Past, Present, Future. It is being hosted by the Modern Magazines Project. You can learn more here.
- Looking for details on the fall TV lineup? TV Guide has a good preview site. I had no idea Marvel was making another TV show, this time about Agent Peggy Carter (who you’ll remember from the first Captain America movie).
- Good news for Netflix – second quarter financial were strong and the firm now boasts more than 50 million subscribers.
- What do you think about continuous scroll? It seems to be gaining momentum among media organizations, evidently because it improves a site’s bounce rate. I find it annoying, personally.
- The big news in the media world recently was the attempted takeover of Time Warner Inc. by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. David Carr has a good discussion of how the print business fits into the potential deal.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!