Media Monday Edmonton: Update #280

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Ryan Jespersen hosted the 2018 EEDC Impact Luncheon, photo by EEDC

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Corus Radio is launching a new late-night national talk show called The Shift with Drex. Hosted by Justin “Drex” Wilcomes, the show launches January 22.
  • According to new research from NPR and Edison Research, one in six Americans now own a smart speaker. “30 percent of smart speaker owner said the device is replacing time spent with TV. They’re also listening to more audio (71% are), including news and talk radio or podcasts.”
  • After Trump described a bunch of countries as “shithole” countries, media organizations had to decide whether to use the word or not. “What mattered much more was what Trump’s words really meant, and what the responsibilities of journalists were in conveying that meaning in some sensible way,” wrote Margaret Sullivan.
  • The Guardian has redesigned its website and apps “for our global readership online – to create a beautiful new design that works for readers across mobile, apps and desktop.” Looks good!

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 January 14, 2018

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Downtown Edmonton Sunset

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Ice Castle Edmonton, photo by Jason Woodhead

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #279

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Mayor Don Iveson and Premier Rachel Notley on New Year’s Eve, 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 January 7, 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and were able to keep warm through the mini deep freeze we had recently.

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Walterdale Bridge, photo by Terry Lawson

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Downtown Edmonton

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #278

This will be my final media notes entry of 2017 – see you in the new year!

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Randy Boissonnault, MP for Edmonton Centre, announced funding of nearly $700,000 “to help launch Radio Cité, a francophone community radio station for the Edmonton area.” The station, at 97.9 FM, was announced back in October and will launch in September 2018. Here’s the news release from Western Economic Diversification Canada.
  • 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen has made it official: he’s not running to lead the Alberta Party. “A Jespersen leadership bid had been the object of significant speculation,” wrote James Wood in the Calgary Herald. Honestly, it seemed like only Postmedia was making a big deal out of the rumors. Though to be fair, they note Jespersen “acknowledged he had ‘several conversations’ with people in political circles about potentially running for leader.”
  • Edmonton Quotient is offering a holiday promotion! “Until January 1, 2018, we’re offering one year of support for $35 – a 30% discount on our standard annual rate.”
  • Yukon Jack on Twitter: “Can we get a moratorium on the local news showing the gratuitous clip of Tim Hague dying in the ring?”
  • Home delivery of the Journal, Sun, and National Post was delayed on Friday due to the freezing rain. Our paper arrived early as usual!
  • I don’t use them, but apparently the Journal has released new apps for iOS and Android. The new versions promise “a faster and smoother reading experience”.
  • Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network Roundup. I like the organization by episode length!
  • Episode 80 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Dan Shessel, “co-host and co-creator of the Northern Nerdcast, a showcase for the geeky, nerdy people, groups and events in and around the Edmonton area.”
  • Corus Entertainment’s 980 CKNW in Vancouver had a very similar logo to that of 630 CHED but as of last week it has re-branded to “Global News Radio”. Seems this change is happening across the country as 680 CJOB in Winnipeg, 640 Toronto, 980 CFPL in London, 900 CHML in Hamilton, and 770 CHQR in Calgary have all made the switch. Only a matter of time for Edmonton’s station?

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Ice Level Media Centre at Northlands Coliseum, photo by Jason Woodhead

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 December 17, 2017

Hard to believe Christmas is just a week away! This will likely be my last Edmonton Notes of the year – thanks for reading along. See you in 2018!

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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View from the funicular

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A final look at Northlands Coliseum, photo by Jason Woodhead

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #277

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • The fall radio ratings are out (here are the demographic breakdowns) and show 630 CHED ahead of 102.3 Now! FM. Here is more on the numbers from kowchmedia.
  • From Mike Ross over at Gig City: “The rules of the ‘Find Any Good Song on the Radio’ game are simple: Start at the bottom of the dial and work your way up until you find a good song. If you fail, you have to listen to CBC until you figure out what they’re talking about before you can try again.”
  • In his latest column in the Sun, Marty Forbes remembers Chuck Chandler and Fil Fraser. “If I listed all their accomplishments in this column I’d need the full Page 6 and likely half of Page 7, too.”
  • Liane Faulder wrote The Journal’s latest Life & Times feature on Fil Fraser. “Fraser will be remembered at a public memorial to be held in early 2018.”
  • ICYMI we wrote about membership-based journalism in the Taproot newsletter recently.
  • Back in the fall, CTV Edmonton’s Bill Fortier travelled to Turkey to offer training for new Syrian media outlets in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights. “We are attempting to help Syrian journalists improve their broadcast news writing, empowering them to tell the human rights stories affecting their war-torn home country.” You can read his archived blog entries here.
  • Congratulations to Full Circle Visuals (started by Ryan Jackso+n) on partnering with the Shaw Conference Centre to provide “a fully immersive 360 tour of Edmonton’s premier convention centre utilizing virtual reality technology.”
  • Karen and her daughter attended PodCon in Seattle and also published the second episode of their new podcast, That’s A Thing?!.
  • 630 CHED Santas Anonymous brought in a record-breaking $35,950 during its 24th annual on-air auction.
  • CBC Edmonton’s 22nd annual Turkey Drive starts on Thursday and runs until December 21. “Help us reach our goal of $500,000 in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.”
  • The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton has launched Grandin Media, “a new online media outlet” that “aims to tell the stories of Catholic life in Alberta and also to apply the lens of faith in its coverage of issues that matter in the wider community.” Andrew Ehrkamp is the site’s News Editor.
  • “Before fun was outlawed in newsrooms, the @Edmononsun staff compiled a list of celebrities we (sort of) resembled,” tweeted Chad Huculak. “Many ppl pictured no longer work in journalism,” he added.
  • Times New Roman and Arial don’t mix! Or do they?

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Remembering victims of gender-based violence, 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 December 10, 2017

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Alberta Legislature Holiday Lights

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Premier addresses Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, photo by Government of Alberta

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #276

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Premier Notley addresses AUMA convention on November 23, 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 December 3, 2017

Just three weeks to go until Christmas! Where has the time gone?

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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High Street Lights

Upcoming Events

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Edmonton River Valley