Media Monday Edmonton: Update #347

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • Postmedia has hired Nick Koolsbergen “to lobby the new United Conservative government on how it could be involved with the new “energy war room” promised by Kenney during the recent Alberta election campaign.” Koolsbergen served as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s chief of staff from fall 2017 until August 2018 and as the UCP’s campaign manager during the election earlier this year. He announced the formation of Wellington Advocacy following the UCP victory.
  • Chris Henderson has announced that after 8 years at Calder Bateman (and later ZGM Marketing) he is leaving the organization. His last day was Wednesday, May 15. In his farewell post, he called it “the best place I have ever worked.” ZGM tweeted in response, “we can’t thank @ChrisHenderson enough for the immeasurable contributes he made..over the past 8 years.”
  • A new TV show called The Moment is currently filming at Union Hall here in Edmonton. The show features Alberta musicians and will broadcast on a new cable channel called Channel M.
  • Last Wednesday’s edition of Edmonton AM, scheduled to be broadcast live from the streets, turned out to be a wet one. “On a particularly rainy spring morning in Edmonton, there was nothing to do but dance, and make a little radio in the rain.”
  • Vintage Edmonton has dug up a number of ITV News at 10 clips from 1995.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #346

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:

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Mayor Don Iveson speaks with the media following his State of the City address

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • It seems that old media companies are flourishing while new media ventures are struggling. Why? One reason, argues Alex Sherman at CNBC, is that “nothing has been disrupted about media except the distribution model. Consumers want the same content as always.”
  • Quartz is now putting all of its articles behind a metered paywall. “The number of free Quartz articles you’ll get varies based on what the site perceives to be your likelihood of becoming a member, among other factors.”
  • A new guide from the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin says that journalism should aim to be “morally justifiable and not purely extractive or voyeuristic.”
  • Cleveland.com is experimenting with text messages from reporters. “Almost 1,200 people have signed up for the free trial in addition to a few hundred paying customers.”
  • Lots of money is still going into TV advertising, even as consumers switch to streaming services. “Despite significant viewer shortfalls for traditional TV, the nation’s broadcast and cable networks saw advance ad commitments increase 5.2% to more than $20.7 billion in 2018, according to Media Dynamics, a media consultancy.”

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 May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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GWG Building

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #345

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:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Edmonton Notes for May 5, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Premier Jason Kenney and Cabinet Swearing-In Ceremony
Premier Jason Kenney and Cabinet Swearing-In Ceremony, photo by Government of Alberta

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #344

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:

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HOT 107 at the Stantec Tower, photo by Jason Woodhead

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • Avengers: Endgame took in $1.2 billion during its opening weekend, breaking all kinds of records. While showing “the power of theatres…to deliver that wildly big communal experience” it also “shows that Hollywood is increasingly reliant on spectacle to jolt people away from Facebook, Fortnite, Hulu and Netflix and into movie theaters.”
  • A new study found that “more than 80% of journalists admitted to falling for false information online” and that “only 14.9% of journalists surveyed said they had been trained on how to best report on misinformation.”
  • Bloomberg reports that according to the U.S. Census, there are now 6.4 public relations specialists for every news reporter. “It looks like the six-to-one ratio won’t be narrowing anytime soon.”
  • Thursday is World News Day, a made-in-Canada event to “recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives.” Friday is World Press Freedom Day around the world.
  • A youth-led group called Climate Justice Edmonton (CJE) “believe they are picking up steam in organizing a resistance to Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney” and his promised “war room” specifically.

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 April 28, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Second Winter

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Edmonton Valley Ride, photo by pistachio

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #343

Happy Easter! With the holiday and being sick the last couple of days, I didn’t get my Edmonton Notes published last night. Onward!

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:

  • CBC will broadcast ten Canadian Premier League games this season, including two FC Edmonton games on Sept. 14 and Oct. 19. Ten additional games will be available on CBC Gem and CBC Sports, including FC Edmonton games on July 6 and Sept. 28. The partnership between CBC Sports and MEDIAPRO Canada will kick off on April 27.
  • Star Edmonton reporter Omar Mosleh wrote about hate groups in Edmonton and shared a Twitter thread to add additional context. “I spent about a day writing this story and then a week agonizing over it,” he tweeted. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector initially called the article “poor journalism” on Twitter but later called Omar to apologize.
  • Postmedia photographer Larry Wong placed third in the Sports Action category of the National Pictures of the Year awards, organized by the News Photographers Association of Canada.
  • Premier-designate Jason Kenney says the “war room” he promised to push back against negative media coverage of Alberta’s oil industry will be part of the public affairs bureau and “suggested prospective staff with private-sector experience who have a “creative” approach to communications would be the best fit.”
  • Lomography.com has a profile of Edmonton-based photography Sandy Phimester. “I’m not very good at getting my words across, but I often feel like when I’m making photographs that it’s natural for me to think and feel this way, I can get my feelings out there in a way that makes sense to me,” he says.

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Working together for a smooth transition, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #342

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:

  • An editorial published in the Edmonton Journal endorses UCP leader Jason Kenney. The byline on the editorial reads “Edmonton Journal Editorial Board” but the piece lacks the usual sign-off at the bottom: “Local editorials are the consensus opinion of the Journal’s editorial board, comprising Mark Iype, Dave Breakenridge, Sarah O’Donnell and Bill Mah.” Former Postmedia columnist Paula Simons chimed in, tweeting “last time round, the editorial was dictated – almost literally – from Postmedia bosses in Toronto.”
  • Andrea Ross has announced she is moving to Vancouver and will be joining CBC BC. “I will miss #yeg but I am thrilled and can’t wait for new stories and cherry blossoms!” she tweeted.
  • SONiC 102.9’s Brandy Taylor has earned a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination for Music Director of the Year. Garner Andrews, Pepper & Dylan, and Al Ford also earned nominations.
  • CBC Edmonton has posted an interview with late night host Zahra Premji. “Since I was five, I knew I wanted to be a storyteller and give the voiceless a platform to share their tales,” she says.
  • Provincial political columnist Graham Thomson says “if the campaign is heated in the real world, it is positively volcanic online.” He adds: “All too often social media and “media” can melt into one.”


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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 April 14, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Photo by Sarah

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Valley LRT line April 2019
Valley LRT line April 2019, photo by Jason Woodhead

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