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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The Cloverdale Beach

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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:

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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.

Edmonton Notes for August 20, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Stantec/Mariott, photo by Darren Kirby

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Northside, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #262

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Cropping the Truth Panel on Fake News

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 13, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Edmonton Bike Lane Construction, photo by More Bike Lanes Please

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Flow and Boundaries, photo by Jeff Wallace

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #261

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Shaw was promoting its new Blue Sky TV at the Heritage Festival

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 6, 2017

Happy long weekend! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Alberta Legislature

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Smoke Midway at K-Days, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #260

I was in London a couple of weeks ago and then last week the jetlag wiped me out so it has been a little while since my last media update! Let’s take a look at what’s been happening throughout July:

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Premiers meet with National Indigenous Organization leaders, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Andree Lau, who wrote the very popular food blog are you gonna eat that?, is the new editor-in-chief at Huffington Post Canada. Congrats!
  • Here’s a glimpse of what’ll be possible in the very near future. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “fake news”.
  • The Conversation Canada published its first POINT/COUNTERPOINT articles recently, and they chose the issue of “fake news” and licensing journalists. Here are the arguments for and against.
  • Now that TV networks are expanding their local news offers in response to CRTC requirements, the question remains, will they be successful? “It’s a good thing, I just don’t understand how it makes money,” said Richard Stursberg, a former CBC executive who heads the writers’ group Pen Canada.
  • Speaking of the CRTC, Ian Scott will take over as chair of the regulator starting in September.
  • “The Mooch” was in and out of the White House faster than I could blog about it!

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.