Edmonton Notes for September 17, 2017

Fall is in the air – get out and enjoy the colors! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Edmonton, photo by Paul

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Giovanni Caboto Park

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #266

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Helping more Albertans get good jobs
Helping more Albertans get good jobs, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • From Politico: The Rise of the Twitter Thread, “The compelling, incendiary literary form of the Trump era.”
  • With all the hurricane news on TV right now, the debate about dangerous stand-ups is raging. “Some critics wondered whether they are unnecessary and overly sensational spectacles” but others “insist that the visuals from the storms are essential in persuading people to take hurricane threats seriously and getting them to leave the area.” I’m not so sure.
  • Plenty of video coverage of Hurricane Irma came not from cable news, but from sites like the Washington Post. They’re staffing up and expanding their video capabilities.
  • The Guardian has a feature on The Wall Street Journal’s Trump problem. “Dozens have left the paper in the past year and interviews with current and ex-staffers show outrage over pressure from management to normalize Trump.”

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!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for September 10, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Moon Scoop
Moon Scoop, photo by Jeff Wallace

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Alex Decoteau Park
Alex Decoteau Park is now open!

What the Truck?! at Capital Boulevard on September 9, 2017

As you can tell by the beautiful weather we’ve been having this week, summer isn’t done quite yet! There’s still time to enjoy tasty food truck eats at our final What the Truck?! event of the season:

WHAT: What the Truck?! 2017 Season Wrap-up
WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 12pm to 7pm
WHERE: Capital Boulevard (108 Street & 99 Avenue)
RSVP: On Facebook

If this is your first time attending one of our events, be sure to read our tips & tricks. Here is the line-up and here are the menus.

What the Truck?! at Capital Boulevard

I think 2017 has been a great year for food trucks in Edmonton. With around 100 trucks and no shortage of opportunities to patronize them, our city’s food truck scene has continued the momentum built over the last few years. For What the Truck?!, it has been a year of transition. After Saturday we will have run just two of our own events this season. In many ways we have accomplished what we originally set out to, so the way we can best support food trucks in Edmonton is changing. We do that behind-the-scenes with our Book the Trucks form and we’re working on how best to use our network to grow the scene further. To that end, I’m excited that Cindy and Diane have joined our team in recent months to help with social media and communications! I’ll write more about that on the What the Truck?! site soon.

Keep up-to-date on food trucks in Edmonton by following What the Truck?! on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. And to see where the trucks are, be sure to download the Street Food App.

See you on Saturday at Capital Boulevard!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #265

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Fort Edmonton Park
Inside the Edmonton Bulletin building at Fort Edmonton Park

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Marc Edge, author of The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape, wrote in The Tyee that the “Netflix tax” is a misnomer used to smear a great idea.
  • Also in The Tyee, Peter Menzies writes that “an ad-free, better-funded CBC that shares its reporting could help keep local journalism alive” here in Canada.
  • ProPublica has created a Facebook Messenger bot to collect stories from readers about hate speech. They hope it might also double as “another form of storytelling.”‘
  • Jack Shafer writes in Politico that the op-ed pages in the New York Times have returned to their roots, when “the whole idea was to trigger reader insurrections with outrageous views.”

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!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for September 3, 2017

Happy long weekend! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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City Hall 25th Anniversary
City Hall is 25 years young

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Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, photo by Jeff Wallace

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #264

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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RCMP Police Dog Services demonstration for media, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

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!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for August 27, 2017

I can’t believe August is coming to a close! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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#YEGBEACH
The Cloverdale Beach

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Edmonton Skyline from McNally
Edmonton Skyline from McNally, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Here’s where to find the latest Edmonton Election news for 2017

During the 2013 election, I got into the habit of writing a regular series of posts to collect all the election-related news I could find in one place. It was useful for me, to keep tabs on what everyone was doing, and I think others found it useful too. This year I’m doing the series again, but at Taproot Edmonton! Currently we’re publishing the roundup every two weeks, but we anticipate increasing the frequency as we get closer to the election.

This is a bit of an experiment for us, just like our #YEGFringe Daily Digest that Ryan Stephens has been writing for the past couple of weeks. Like some other future-of-media entrepreneurs, we think email has a big role to play. For all the talk about spam, there’s actually quite a bit of evidence that people like email newsletters!

If you’d like to get our Edmonton Election Update in your inbox for free, join our mailing list here. If you’d like to support the creation of our local feature stories as well, consider becoming a full member of Taproot Edmonton. It’s just $10/month or $100/year to join.

Edmonton Election Update

The format we’re using at the moment is 2-3 “feature” items, followed by a list of other news items and events. If you read and enjoy my regular Edmonton Notes or Media Monday Edmonton posts, the election roundups should feel very familiar. Here are the three I have written so far:

  • Aug. 23 — Helping Edmonton’s homeless community vote, Taz Bouchier is running for mayor, Work the election on Oct. 16
  • Jul. 27 — More than three dozen female candidates already, Campaign finance reform, Fahad Mughal to challenge Iveson for mayoralty
  • Jul. 13 — Iveson remains uncontested, Ward 5 heats up

If email isn’t your thing, watch our Twitter and Facebook — we’ll be sharing each roundup on social media as well. We’re still working on the rest of our election coverage, and will have more to share on that in the weeks ahead.

Have an election-related tip for us? Let us know by email, or share it on Twitter with the #yegvote hashtag and tag us @taprootyeg.

What do you think?

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #263

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Partial Solar Eclipse - Edmonton, Canada - August 21, 2017
Partial Solar Eclipse – Edmonton, Canada – August 21, 2017, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • BBC World Service is adding 12 new language services to the 28 it already publishes in around the world, its biggest expansion in more than 70 years.
  • Axios reports that Steve Bannon “sees a massive opening to the right of Fox News, raising the possibility that he’s going to start a network.” For now he’s back at Breitbart.
  • GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare have dropped the Daily Stormer, a move which the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls “dangerous” while noting the situation is “deeply fraught with emotional, logistical, and legal twists and turns”. They’re worried about the precedent it will set, writing that “every time a company throws a vile neo-Nazi site off the Net, thousands of less visible decisions are made by companies with little oversight or transparency.”
  • Reddit has rolled out the ability to upload and view videos of up to 15 minutes in length directly on the site.

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!

Want to read great stories about Edmonton? Or maybe you’d like to write them? Join Taproot Edmonton and help us ensure that local journalism has a future in our city.

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.