Media Monday Edmonton: Update #230

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • The changes resulting from the latest round of buyouts and layoffs at Postmedia are starting to trickle out. Long-time theatre critic Liz Nicholls is leaving the Journal. Her last day is December 2 and she is reportedly starting her own theatre review website called 12thnight.ca in the near future. Also leaving is music writer Sandra Sperounes who called taking the buyout “the toughest decision” she’s ever had to make. She doesn’t know what’s next but thanked Edmonton’s music scene. Both departures leave major gaps in the Journal’s local arts coverage. On top of that, Arts & Life editor Keri Sweetman has confirmed to me that she too will be leaving, at the end of January.
  • CBC Edmonton’s Janice Johnston let me know that she has heard through her contacts of 7 departures plus 2 vacancies that won’t be filled at the Journal/Sun/Postmedia (I’ll update when I have confirmed who they are). And she said “after subscribing to the Journal for 30 plus years we are going to cancel our subscription.”
  • UPDATE: Barb Wilkinson has confirmed her last day at Postmedia will be January 31. I can also confirm that Gary Lamphier will be leaving, his last day is December 9. He told me he is “sad to go” but feels “fortunate to have worked with so many great people for so long.”
  • A petition was launched last week to “save Edmonton Journal’s arts coverage”. It currently has 561 supporters with a goal of 1,000.
  • As mentioned last week, Postmedia’s local editor-in-chief Mark Iype announced changes to the Journal. He spent some time answering questions in the comments on that story and on Twitter. He confirmed that flyers “are incredibly popular”, said “our standards for journalistic objectivity have never changed”, and on local book coverage clarified that “it is not being eliminated, but it will look different”. In response to a question about local news, he said “Our focus will remain local. And we will do our best to cover the city to the best of our ability.”
  • After a lengthy battle with cancer, Dave Valentine passed away on November 26. He was “a beauty of a guy” tweeted Ryan Jespersen. A GoFundMe page has been setup to support Dave’s wife Dawn and their four children this holiday season. You can make a contribution until December 4.
  • Friday was Marion Warnica’s last day at CBC Edmonton. She’s off to Toronto to be CBC’s hourly newsreader. Best of luck!
  • Paul Brown is leaving 100.3 The Bear to head to Hollywood. Will he be missed? You be the judge! Yukon Jack joked about Paul’s departure on the November 25 episode of his big yap show too. Paul will stay with the show until the end of December.
  • Candice Ryan is going to start co-hosting at CFWE on December 12. Congrats!
  • Get to know Dave Sutherland, one of the contributors and City Ambassadors at Skyrise Edmonton. He was also on CBC’s Edmonton AM this morning to talk about the expanding website. (Full disclosure, Dave and I work together at Questionmark.)
  • Marty Forbes takes time in his latest column to thank the Edmonton Sun, Capital FM, and many other media folks for their support of the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree and other worthy holiday causes.
  • In case you missed it: Ryan Jespersen interviewed Bob Cole on his show last week.
  • Here are the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton.
  • The Alberta Legislature press gallery is marking its 100th anniversary this year, but the number of Edmonton based-journalists there now number fewer than ten. Is the increase in public relations and government creating their own stories to blame?
  • Wednesday is the deadline to apply for the St. Albert Gazette’s full-time photo journalist position.
  • The Journal has made its rules for commenting easier to see in one page (it looks like a new article, but Mark pointed out to me that the rules themselves are not new).
  • This tweet cracked me up. Who knew the CFL commissioner was so witty!

All is Bright
CKUA was at All is Bright

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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 27, 2016

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Stop Kinder Morgan Vigil, Edmonton, AB
Stop Kinder Morgan Vigil, Alberta Legislature, photo by 350.org

Upcoming Events

CN Christmas Express, St Albert, Alberta
CN Christmas Express, St Albert, photo by Jeff Wallace

Recap: DemoCamp Edmonton 33

Tonight was Edmonton’s 33rd DemoCamp which took place at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS) on the University of Alberta campus. Here is my recap of DemoCamp Edmonton 31 from back in May. I presented with Karen at the last one in September and didn’t actually post about it! More on that later.

DemoCamp

If you’re new to DemoCamp, here’s what it’s all about:

“DemoCamp brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to share what they’ve been working on and to find others in the community interested in similar topics. For presenters, it’s a great way to get feedback on what you’re building from peers and the community, all in an informal setting. Started back in 2008, DemoCamp Edmonton has steadily grown into one of the largest in the country, with over 200 people attending each event. The rules for DemoCamp are simple: 7 minutes to demo real, working products, followed by a few minutes for questions, and no slides allowed.”

In order of appearance, tonight’s demos included:

Flock is a web-based tool that crawls and analyzes a website to surface useful, actionable insights about your content. For instance, it can determine how many pages you have, if there are any broken links, and some general SEO information (it can also connect with your Google Analytics account). It can also tell you word counts, reading level, and other information about your content. Flock is geared toward agencies and developers who are building websites for other people. It looks very useful!

Instead of just walking through the features of the app, TradePros told a story from start to finish and worked the app into it. I loved it – their demo was very well done! TradePros is an app available on Android and iOS that connects homeowners with home improvement professionals. If you’re not very handy, you can use the app to connect with someone who can help you get the job done. TradePros currently has around 500 contractors, more than 1300 users, and have been live for five months.

DemoCamp Edmonton 33
TradePros doing their demo

Cappsule thinks video is a better way to make recommendations so they’ve developed an app that is kind of like a video-oriented TripAdvisor or Foursquare. Users can upload 15 second videos tagged to physical locations. It’s available currently on iPhone, and so far users have left more than 1000 cappsules. The app uses Google Maps and Google Places API which means the geotagging should be pretty good.

The Lounge is a web app that helps business owners manage their IT infrastructure in the cloud. They’re focused initially on Windows platforms because that’s what most of their customers are using, but all of the technology they use is open source. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much of a demo, so I can’t say much more beyond that.

CargoTapp is kind of like an Uber for freight. It consists of two apps: one for the customer shipping products, one for the drivers doing the deliveries. It doesn’t appear to be for sending single packages, but rather palettes of cargo and other large deliveries. Pricing is based on current standard industry pricing based on distance, dimensions, weight, the type of truck being used, etc. CargoTapp is still working out how insurance will work, but they envision that truckers will be responsible, as they see themselves as a platform.

DemoCamp Edmonton 33
Demoing CargoTapp

Some upcoming events to note:

If you’re interested in demoing at a future DemoCamp, you can apply here. And because I neglected to write about it, here’s the list of demos from DemoCamp Edmonton 32:

See you at DemoCamp Edmonton 34!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #229

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Christmas Bureau 2016 Campaign Launch
630 CHED went with the Trump theme for their gingerbread house

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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 20, 2016

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Edmonton ATC
Edmonton ATC, photo by Jeff Wallace

Upcoming Events

Santa's Parade of Lights

Your Guide to Winter 2016/2017 Festivals & Events in Edmonton

Here’s my listing of winter festivals & events for 2016/2017, powered by ShareEdmonton. Below you’ll find dozens of events with a website, dates, and links to social media and ShareEdmonton for each. I hope you find this listing as useful as I do.

Christmas Lights Amidst City Lights
Christmas Lights Amidst City Lights, photo by Dave Sutherland

Festivals & Events

For winter, I’m generally looking at events that take place from mid-November through March. Those with a winter or holiday theme are more likely to be included. Here’s the listing for 2016/2017:

Event Dates Links
Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up November 12 SE 
Hazeldean Christmas Craft Sale November 12-13 SE  
Santa’s Little Helpers Shopping Extravaganza November 13 SE  
All is Bright on 124 Street November 19 SE    
Santa’s Parade of Lights November 19 SE    
Leduc Festival of Trees November 19-20 SE  
Royal Glenora Club Christmas Gift Show November 20 SE   
I Heart YEG Winter November 20 SE   
Indie Handmade November 24-27 SE    
Festival of Trees November 24-27 SE    
Make It Edmonton November 24-27 SE     
Hand2Hand Christmas Market November 26 SE  
Silver Bells Winter Market November 26 SE   
Shop the Hall November 26 SE   
The Great Sweater Run November 26 SE  
A Christmas Carol Nov 26 – Dec 23 SE     
So This Is Christmas Nov 30 – Dec 3 SE  
The Legislature Light-up December 1 SE    
Butterdome Craft Sale December 1-4 SE    
Winter Wine Festival December 2 SE   
Celebrate the Season December 2-23 SE    
Winter Patio Kick-off December 2-4 SE  
Winterfest at Snow Valley December 2-4 SE    
Luminaria December 2-4 SE   
Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair Dec 2-4 & Dec 9-11 SE    
Santa Shuffle Fun Run & Elf Walk December 3 SE   
A Festive Mosaic December 3 SE 
A Christmas Karol: The Karol Wojtyla Nativity Play December 3 SE 
Gold Bar Craft Sale December 3 SE   
Old Strathcona Horse-Drawn Sleigh Shuttle Dec 3, 10, 17 SE     
The Many Moods of Christmas December 5 SE 
Carrot Christmas Arts Bazaar December 9-10 SE    
Zoominescence: Festival of Light December 9-18 SE    
ETS Christmas Lights Tours December 9-18 SE   
Leefield Community’s Gift & Craft Sale December 10 SE  
Trains, Toys and Christmas Traditions December 11 SE  
Candy Cane Lane Dec 11 – Jan 3 SE    
Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree December 15-18 SE     
Christmas Reflections Dec 16-23 SE     
#YEGlongnight December 21 SE  
Shumka presents Clara’s Dream! December 29-30 SE   
New Year’s Eve Downtown December 31 SE    
Swing ‘n Skate Sundays Jan 1 – Feb 26 SE 
Southeast Winter Fun Festival January 14 SE   
Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival January 14-15 SE   
World Snow Day January 15 SE     
Edmonton Whisky Festival January 18 SE 
Ice on Whyte Jan 26-29 & Feb 2-5 SE    
Winter Walk Day February 1 SE   
The Flying Canoe Adventure February 3-4 SE   
Parka Patio February 4 SE   
Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival February 10-11 SE   
Silver Skate Festival February 10-20 SE   
Hypothermic Half Marathon Feb 12 & Feb 26 SE   
Valentine’s Day Disco Skate February 14 SE 
Winter Cities Shake-Up 2017 February 16-18 SE  
Family Day at the Alberta Legislature February 20 SE    
Coldest Night of the Year February 25 SE    
SkirtsAFire Festival March 9-12 SE    
Winter Warrior Challenge March 11 SE   
Western Canada Fashion Week Mar 23 – Apr 1 SE   

You can check out a calendar view of festivals here or you can download the iCal feed for your own apps.

I’ll do my best to keep this list updated as new events are announced. For instance, Ice Castles is expected to return in 2017, weather permitting!

Winter in Edmonton

Edmonton is a winter city, and we’re working hard to reclaim the joy of winter and embrace the season! You can learn all about the WinterCity strategy and associated events and ideas here. You can also download the Winter Excitement Guide in PDF.

Happy New Year 2015!

For some in our community, this time of year is anything but merry. Lots of organizations do great work on behalf of the less fortunate, and they’ll especially need your support this year given the poor economy. Consider supporting the Christmas Bureau, Santas Anonymous, The Salvation Army, Edmonton’s Food Bank, or one of the many other serving agencies in Edmonton.

There are of course many more events listed in the ShareEdmonton calendar, so check it out! Have I missed something that should be included? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it.

Happy winter!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #228

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Fresh FM Christmas

And here is some slightly less local media stuff. This week, it’s very election-related:

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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 13, 2016

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Supermoon, St Albert, Alberta
Supermoon, St. Albert, photo by Jeff Wallace

Upcoming Events

Remembrance Day 22682
Remembrance Day, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #227

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Fort McMurray visit 21334
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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Edmonton Notes for November 6, 2016

I’m in Chicago this week! Sharon and I arrived late Thursday evening, just in time for the big Cubs parade on Friday. They say 5 million people attended, which sounds high, but no doubt there were a lot of people there. Very cool to be a part of it! Now we’re enjoying food, architecture, and everything else the city has to offer.

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Ice District
104 and 104

Upcoming Events

Terwillegar Park Footbridge
Terwillegar Park Footbridge