Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The finalists for the 2017 Alberta Magazines Awards have been announced. The event takes place in Calgary on March 16 and 17. Great to see so many Edmonton nominations, including 13 for Avenue Edmonton and 6 for The Yards!
- The Rotary Roast of 96.3 Capital FM’s Rob Christie is coming up on March 8 in support of the BGCBigs of Edmonton & Area. Cam Tait has the scoop on Rob’s career and the charity event.
- Congratulations to Ryan Jackson on being nominated for a News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) Multimedia of the Year award for a video he shot while still at the Edmonton Journal. You can see the video about former MMA champion Ryan Ford here.
- The iMEDIA Social Media Conference is coming up on March 10 and 11 here in Edmonton and they’ve continued rolling out new details. Calder Bateman’s digital strategist Linda Hoang is going to be emceeing.
- Mike Johnston (aka Mr. Kitchen Magpie) recently shared some tips for bloggers interested in hosting sponsored posts. “The rule of thumb is simple, always charge something for your work, even if the product itself is free.”
- Speaking of sponsored posts, Lyndsey of Over My Styled Body used a day in her life as a blogger as the premise for a product partnership.
- I had to miss it, but I gather last week’s panel on journalism (organized by the Peter Lougheed Leadership College) was a mix of pining for what once was and slowing turning attention to the future. As Karen tweeted, “the work is important and desired, it requires passion, and you might have to make your own job.”
- Episode 60 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features “a debate between Taylor Chadwick of What It Is against Andrea Beça of That’s So Maven on how long a podcast should be.” It’s a very Canadian debate!
- The next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup takes place on Saturday, February 25 at Variant Edition Comics & Culture. This edition will once again explore the theme of how to get started, but this time through the eyes of a fairly new podcast.
- Edmonton photographer Stephanie Simpson has started a new project called This Is Not a Passport Photo to provide family photo sessions to newly arrived Syrian refugees in Edmonton.
- Global Edmonton is looking for a Digital Journalist to join the team. The deadline to apply is February 24.
- Tanner Young Publishing, the company behind WHERE Edmonton and Canadian Cowboy Country, is looking for a Digital & Listings Editor. The deadline to apply is February 24.
- In case you missed it, Taproot Edmonton was featured in Editor & Publisher recently.
Alberta’s 15th Premier, Honourable Dave Hancock, Recognized with Legislature Portrait, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- My social media feeds blew up last week as news spread that Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Cafe, had died at age 68.
- CJR invited more than two dozen freelancers to dish on their experiences with publishers. They hope to make it an ongoing project.
- I’ve been a reader of the Local Matters newsletter for a couple months now and I really like it. I don’t read all the stories, but it’s a great overview of the important local watchdog journalism taking place throughout the US. Here’s the latest.
- From researchers Damian Radcliffe and Christopher Ali in NiemanLab: If small newspapers are going to survive, they’ll have to be more than passive observers to the news.
- Donald Trump has declared that the news media are “the enemy of the American people” but has had only praise for “the conspiracy-theorizing, flame-throwing nationalistic radio and internet star” that is Alex Jones of Infowars. As Jim Rutenberg notes, the site’s traffic is “above that of the fact-checking site Politifact.com.” Ugh.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!