Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Here is Seen & Heard’s blog roundup from last week. Remember under the new schedule blog roundups are published on Tuesday!
- Welcome back to Global Edmonton’s Laurel Gregory, who was away on maternity leave and returned to work on Wednesday last week. Michel Boyer, who was filling in, has now left Global.
- Remember the strange finger ads the Journal launched with its redesign back in September? Apparently they have gone national now and – surprise – no one likes them!
- A documentary produced by Edmonton’s Oromo community in partnership with local journalist Paula Kirman is attracting international attention. The documentary “aims to bring awareness to human rights abuses in Ethiopia.”
- Here is the second part of the Seen & Heard’s podcast on podcasting tech. And here is the latest podcast roundup.
- This is pretty neat: Sandra Sperounes found the letter and cheque she received for her first paid assignment with the Journal, which she did when she was 10!
- Congrats to Team Media who defeated the Oilers alumni 8-5 at Quikcard Minor Hockey Week.
- Metro Edmonton covered the end of The Unknown Studio.
- The iMEDIA Social Media Conference is taking place again this year, on March 11 & 12. You can check out the speaker lineup here and get your tickets here.
- Adam is back with a new episode of Just Adam Minute! Subscribe and help him reach his new year’s goal of 1000 in 2016.
- The Oilers Entertainment Group is looking for a Content Coordinator and “Reporter Oiler” to join the team. The deadline to apply is February 2.
- I’m very happy to see that #YEG Music Magazine has launched a weekly #yegmusic roundup!
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. As long as it is treated as an attachment to the main tweet, like photos or videos currently are, I actually like the idea of Twitter launching support for up to 10,000 characters.
- Do you work for a media org grounded in print? You’ll like this. Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, has put The New Republic up for sale four years after he bought it. “I underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company in today’s quickly evolving climate,” he wrote.
- iHeartRadio, an audio streaming service popular south of the border, is coming to Canada thanks to a new partnership with Bell Media. The service’s parent company, iHeartMedia Inc., owns more than 850 radio stations in the US and was formerly known as Clear Channel Communications.
- Here’s a Q & A with Tyler Bleszinski, the co-founder of Vox Media who recently stepped down from the company. He shares some interesting insight on the fast growing company.
- The hot topic over the weekend was Sean Penn’s interview published in Rolling Stone with “Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo.” Questions are being asked about how the magazine handled the interview, apparently giving El Chapo pre-approval. Here’s more on the issues from Poynter.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!