Edmonton Notes for December 8, 2019

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Edmonton Downtown Farmers' Market
The second floor was open at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #368

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • 630 CHED was warned last week that it could be named in a defamation lawsuit by Edmonton Catholic Schools if host Ryan Jespersen went ahead with a planned radio interview featuring Bashir Mohamed. Jespersen went ahead with the interview despite the threat, and in a podcast following the on-air interview, Jespersen called out Edmonton Catholic Schools for its "heavy-handed mismanagement of this sensitive story."
  • After announcing it is shutting down print papers and laying off journalists across Canada, Torstar Corp., which owns Star Metro, has now shared job postings for Edmonton-based journalists and an assistant managing editor for Alberta.
  • Forty-four staff at the Edmonton Sun’s printing plant will be laid off in the new year as the paper moves to outsource its printing to Great West Newspapers’ St. Albert facility.
  • Lauren Boothby will be starting as a reporter for the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun in January. She is currently a reporter and web editor for NEWS 1130 in Vancouver.
  • A new Edmonton podcast called A Tale of Two Weeklies has launched, digging into the history of two former, local papers: SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly.


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.

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Edmonton Notes for December 1, 2019

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Resting Place
Resting Place, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #367

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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 November 24, 2019

Just a month to go until Christmas!

We’ve had a busy month, with a trip to Chicago, Sharon’s recognition as a Top 40 Under 40, and a bunch of other stuff. Time to get back into it though.

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Return of the Rails
Return of the Rails, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #366

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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.


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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.

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 November 3, 2019

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Muttart Constellations
Muttart Constellations, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #365

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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

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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.


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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.