Media Monday Edmonton: Update #366

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Pattison) has acquired a minority share in Edmonton digital agency Lift Interactive Inc. (Lift). The acquisition is set to grow Pattison’s advertising footprint adding "significant capabilities" in digital marketing, design, and technology development.
  • Liane Faulder is celebrating 30 years at the Edmonton Journal. Over the last three decades, Faulder has worked as a freelance columnist, part-time editor of the children’s section, city columnist, television critic, Sunday features writer, food writer, and is currently the paper’s city and theatre writer. "It’s been so much fun," Faulder wrote in a Facebook post.
  • 840 CFCW is celebrating 65 years. Former morning show host Sean Burke tweeted a tribute, that said his three and a half years at the station are ones he’ll never forget.
  • CKUA Radio Network’s fall fundraiser brought in over $550,000. The donor-supported arts organization needs to raise $1.2 million each year to keep operating. Another campaign is planned for next spring.
  • Dave Sutherland is the new editor of SkyriseEdmonton, a website covering skyscrapers, architecture, design, construction and urban centre development.


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • The Ringer reports that the recent Deadspin resignations are the latest example of "the Mavening" in which "media overlords taunt readers by forcing them to watch as they drag around the corpse of a beloved friend."
  • Local news is more trusted that national news, but it is also the second-least trusted local institution, just ahead of local government, reports NiemanLab.
  • Seth Meyers requested that Netflix offer a skip button to allow viewers to jump over jokes about President Donald Trump in his new stand-up special, Lobby Baby. "He doesn’t actually believe fans of his who tune in to watch will skip over Trump jokes, but having the ability to leverage Netflix’s technology to make the joke land harder was something he wanted to try."
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, argues in an op-ed that "Facebook is incapable of vetting political ads effectively and consistently at the global scale" and that "political ads are essential to maintaining the company’s presence in countries around the world."
  • The BBC is establishing a new standalone non-profit body to run the Local News Partnership. The goal is to expand the local democracy reporting service.

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

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Edmonton Notes for November 3, 2019

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Muttart Constellations
Muttart Constellations, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #365

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Canada West Conference has cancelled keynote speaker Vivian Krause.
  • It’s Time Edmonton (a City Council initiative) asked local media to use active over passive language when reporting on sexual violence, as the former "places blame appropriately on the perpetrators, not the survivors."
  • City News reporter Rachelle Elsiufi has a message for Edmonton cameramen: "stop touching me."
  • Ever wonder how media cover budget day? Star Alberta editor Alex Boyd tweeted a behind the scenes thread explaining what budget day looks like for journalists and why they are up early, even though the budget isn’t tabled until later in the day.
  • Former 630 CHED radio producer Morgan Black celebrated "one of the best jobs in the world" on her last day with the station. She is headed to Global Edmonton to be their new community reporter.

Linda Cochrane announces her retirement
Councillor Scott McKeen talks to reporters at City Hall

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for October 27, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Linda Cochrane announces her retirement
Linda Cochrane announces her retirement

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #364

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • Postmedia Network and its chain of over 20 publications including the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun, have endorsed Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.
  • News Media Canada, which represents hundreds of newspapers across the country, has taken out ads attacking Canada Post for "undercutting local newspapers by using its exclusive access to lock boxes, apartment buildings and condos." The ad was tweeted twice by the Edmonton Journal, on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, encouraging voters to "speak to your candidates to support local journalists."
  • Former CTV Edmonton political reporter Kevin Armstrong is now with City News. Armstrong was in his role at CTV for over 4 years before shifting to government relations in 2013. After two years with the province, he took on several other communications and marketing roles before returning to the news industry. "Who says you can’t go home?" Armstrong tweeted, with a photo of him holding a City News mic at the legislature.
  • "The world needs good journalism and good journalists now more than ever," Global Edmonton anchor Gord Steinke tells Cam Tait in a feature about Steinke and the new $21,000 bursary Corus Entertainment created in Steinke’s name at the University of Regina.
  • Congratulations to Rob Pepper of KiSS 91.7, this year’s winner of the Edmonton Comedy Festival’s Media Challenge. CTV Edmonton’s Nahreman Issa lost by one point.


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for October 20, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

  • Activist Greta Thunberg was in Edmonton on Friday and spoke at a rally at the Alberta Legislature. "We need to start treating this crisis as a crisis," she said. "Because you cannot solve an emergency without treating it as one."
  • A mural of Thunberg painted by local artist AJA Louden was defaced over the weekend. So disappointing.
  • City Council asked Administration to come up with an annual funding plan to help pay for the restorations of Brighton Block and the Strathcona Hotel. "These are the places where Edmontonians want to be," said David Ridley, executive director of the Edmonton Heritage Council. "So it really has a community and larger economic value."
  • The 18th anniversary of the provincial historic designation of the Rossdale Power Plant was celebrated on Thursday with a new lighting installation "that highlights the architecture and history of the structure." The City says there are 35 light stands in the mezzanine floor and 28 lights on the smoke stacks, and that the project cost $200,000.
  • City Council’s Executive Committee denounced Quebec’s Bill 21, signalling a willingness to back legal challenges against the bill.
  • Cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals are coming soon and the City says that "licensed cannabis retailers in Edmonton will be able to sell these products as soon as they are legally available from manufacturers and distributed by Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC)."
  • A new road and pedestrian crossing is now open just south of Stadium LRT Station. I wish they’d change the name – Muttart Crossing is confusing.
  • The proposed Nordic Spa at Fort Edmonton Park was abruptly cancelled on Friday. "Both organizations worked hard to find commercially viable common ground, but in the end we could not make it work," said Darren Dalgleish president and CEO of Fort Edmonton Management Company in a release.
  • Mayfield Toyota has announced it is moving to West Edmonton Mall with the new dealership slated to open in April 2021 primarily located in the old Sears part of the mall.
  • Campio Brewing officially opened in the former Characters space this past week. I’m looking forward to checking it out!
  • Michael Kalmanovitch was running for the Green Party in Edmonton Strathcona but on Wednesday ended his campaign and encouraged supporters to vote strategically to keep the Conservatives out of power.
  • Taste of Edmonton has announced it will return to Churchill Square next summer with more vendors and more food trucks. “We’re thrilled, we’re excited,” said Donovan Vienneau, Taste of Edmonton’s general manager.
  • In the latest episode of Speaking Municipally we got a little distracted, but still managed to talk about heritage buildings, regional waste, and pumpkin spiced lattes.
  • ICYMI: The Belvedere Transit Centre reopened on Oct. 2 with a new modern building and improved amenities and safety features.
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, the Region, Music, Arts, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

Edmonton Climate Strike
Edmonton Climate Strike, photo by Dave Sutherland

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #363

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for October 6, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Fall for Edmonton
Fall for Edmonton, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

Upcoming Events

  • Edmonton Design Week is underway and runs until Friday!
  • This week is also Fire Prevention Week.
  • The Edmonton Social Planning Council is hosting a Vital Signs lunch & learn on Tuesday at the EPL Enterprise Square branch.
  • The Alberta Podcasting Network is hosting the Edmonton Podcasting Get-Together on Tuesday evening at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre.
  • Green Drinks: Climate Politics takes place on Wednesday evening at Yellowhead Brewery.
  • Alberta Blue Cross is hosting the Wellness Summit on Thursday at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel.
  • The iTech Conference takes place on Thursday at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
  • The Downtown Business Association is hosting its 2019 Fall Lunch on building innovation on Thursday at the JW Marriott Edmonton.
  • Unrealized: Edmonton’s Unbuilt Heritage runs until Oct. 25 at Edmonton City Centre with the opening reception taking place Thursday night. The exhibit "examines the projects that would have shaped Edmonton, and the reasons they did not become a reality."
  • Edmonton is hosting a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships on Thursday night at the Edmonton Convention Centre, part of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party.
  • Robert Saik will talk about how we feed the future and "how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer" in the next Lougheed College Lectures event on Thursday evening at the TELUS Centre.
  • The 2019 RISE Awards will be celebrated on Thursday evening at the Edmonton EXPO Centre.
  • The Edmonton Fall Rock n Gem Show runs Thursday to Sunday at the Alberta Aviation Museum.
  • Luke Combs performs on Friday night at Rogers Place.
  • Shinedown performs with Papa Roach on Friday night at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
  • The Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market moves away from 104 Street on Saturday for the first market inside the GWG building on 97 Street in The Quarters.
  • The Edmonton Eskimos will host the BC Lions on Saturday evening at Commonwealth Stadium.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #362

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • Sen. Paula Simons is being sued for defamation in a $500,000 lawsuit. The suit against the former Edmonton Journal columnist was launched by the caregivers of a four-year-old girl named Serenity who died in September 2014.
  • Jacquie Tam, the University of Alberta’s vice president of university relations, has resigned after criticism of a controversial billboard ad that promoted the benefits of climate change.
  • Digital marketing agency Top Draw has announced they are rebranding. "This November, we’ll begin our 26th year in business. We’re gearing up to step into this next era with an invigorated, purpose-led brand," the agency said in a release.
  • A recent episode of the Jim Jefferies Show featured a segment about the Edmonton Eskimos team name. The clip, where Jefferies describes Canadians as being ‘so reasonable,’ includes interviews with Esks fans and the Inuit community.
  • Vintage Edmonton shared this throwback air check from The Bill and Bill Show, which ran from 1976 to 1993, and was co-hosted by Edmonton broadcasters Bill Matheson and Bill Jackson.


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • "In an era in which trust in news is fractured and employment is precarious, we need to look more closely at the ways that journalists’ sense of their own professional value — or lack thereof — influences the work they do and the environment in which they do it," writes Mark Coddington.
  • Joe Biden’s team has written to TV news channels asking them to keep Rudy Giuliani off the air. “By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation,” the letter reads.
  • Maybe I should figure out what this TikTok thing is all about. The company has earned more than $7 billion USD in revenue through the first half of the year. "Analysts have called ByteDance a strong threat to other Chinese tech industry firms including social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and search engine leader Baidu Inc."
  • Food52, the recipe site co-founded by former New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser, has been sold for more than $80 million USD to The Chernin Group. "That’s a nice and somewhat surprising outcome for Food52, which faced competition from around the internet over the course of its lifetime."
  • From CJR: Five tips for journalists on covering trans and nonbinary people

Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for September 29, 2019

I am thrilled to share that Taproot has been selected to participate in the first Edmonton cohort of ATB X, the business accelerator from ATB Financial!

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Autumn Edmonton
Autumn Edmonton, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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