Like many others, I’m interested in the continual evolution of journalism and media. And given my passion for Edmonton, I’m particularly interested in that evolution at a local level. Where have we been, and where are we going? What’s next?
I’m not particularly interested in the distinction between “traditional media” and “new media”, though I recognize there are instances in which treating the two separately can help our understanding of the changes that are going on. Taking the long view, however, I see the entities the terms represent merging.
I’d like to start devoting an entry each Monday to this changing landscape (it’s all about experimentation, right?). Some weeks it’ll be a review of relevant news (like what you see below), other weeks it might be an opinion, or a critique, or an interview, or some statistics, or something I haven’t thought of yet. Hopefully I can keep it interesting for both me and you!
Here’s my first week in review:
- Biggest news of the week – West Edmonton Local has launched. It’s a new hyperlocal news project produced by Grant MacEwan University journalism students, guided by Editor-in-Chief Archie McLean. You can read his welcome message here. Follow them on Twitter at @WestEdLocal. Looks like they’re off to a great start – I’m eager to see the site grow. I think there are too many plus/minus icons right now, but overall I like it. And I love the full-text RSS feed.
- It was a little over three years ago that the Edmonton Journal brought in John McDonald as publisher. He was new to Edmonton, but his successor is not – John Connolly is the new publisher of the Edmonton Journal. The news comes one month after Lucinda Chodan was named Editor-in-Chief (check out David Climenhaga’s take here). You can watch a video with them both here.
- At 1:04pm on Friday afternoon, EZ Rock 104.9 switched formats and became Virgin Radio Edmonton. Pepper & Dylan, formerly of The Bounce, are back in Edmonton to host the station’s morning show. You can check out the new website here.
- Local traditional media were among the most retweeted of all local Twitter accounts in 2010, as you can see in my State of the Edmonton Twittersphere. @edmontonjournal was #1, @ctvedmonton was #2, @cbcedmonton was #6, @iNews880 was #8, @sonic1029 was #16, and @EdmontonSun was #20. Mainstream journalists @dantencer, @Paulatics, @britl, @joshclassen, @SimonOstler, and @JasonGregor all cracked the top 25 as well.
- If you have a Facebook account, you can take the Edmonton Journal’s Writer Personality Quiz to find out which EJ journalist you are most like. I wonder how she feels about this – I took the quiz and apparently share similarities with Paula Simons! The quiz was developed by EgoAnt Productions.
- Have to include a Happy Birthday to EdmontonJournal.com Editor Karen Unland!
- Corus Radio is looking to hire an Interactive Content Coordinator here in Edmonton. Send your resume by February 23.
- The February edition of the Social Web Meetup is happening tonight.
- Also tonight: the media-focused sessions at NAIT for Info Week 2011.
- Friday night is the Meet the Media Tweetup at Brewsters in Oliver (on ShareEdmonton). Looks like they are already at capacity, but I have seen a lot of interest online, so hopefully there will be another one in the future.
- Feeling inspired by West Edmonton Local? Have an idea for an interesting media-related project? Consider bringing your idea and passion to Startup Weekend!
You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer. The big news today is of course the Huffington Post acquisition by AOL.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? And what would you like to see me write about in future Media Monday entries? Let me know!