Here’s my third week in review:
- Biggest news of the week as far as I am concerned is the announcement that the edmontonian will be debuting a 30-minute show on Shaw TV this April. “We wanted new ways to tell Edmonton’s stories. We wanted new ways for you to contribute,” wrote editors Jeff and Sally in their announcement. It’ll be really interesting to see how this marriage of traditional and new media plays out. They’re looking for contributors too, so get in touch if you’re interested (PDF).
- The Edmonton Journal has been nominated for two awards by the International Newsmedia Marketing Association. Taste Alberta was nominated for Marketing Campaign With the Best Results, and the Grey Cup 2010 supplement was nominated for Public Relations and Community Service. A total of 72 newspapers made the list. The winners will be announced on May 17 in New York.
- Global Edmonton Trouble Shooter Julie Matthews received two Alberta Consumer Champion Awards in the media category today. It was her second and third consecutive win in a row, according to Global. She won for her “Lemon Aid” series on buying a vehicle, as well as for her “Civil Court” series on the basics of the justice system. Global has embedded the videos here.
- Here’s an interesting marketing approach. MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Communication Studies has an online contest with some fun questions centered around getting “the real information out.” You could win an iPad. The contest closes March 31. The domain for the contest – www.whatseriously.com – seems as though it might be used again in the future. Follow @MacEwan_BCS on Twitter for updates.
- Marty Forbes has a roundup of local media comings and goings. He reports, among other things, that Jason Roberts has landed at UP FM after the E Z Rock flip to Virgin Radio.
- The Alberta Magazines Conference is coming up from March 24-26 in Calgary at the Carriage House Inn.
- As a follow-up to last week’s notes: Vue Weekly has removed the “100% Independent” banner on its website. Also, they have an “Exclusive Online Content” section on the website – anyone know how long that has been there?
- A reminder that Shaw’s customer discussions on UBB start tomorrow in Edmonton.
- I’m not sure what the local impact of this news is, but regulators have approved BCE Inc.’s purchase of CTVglobemedia.
- The Sun News Network is set to launch on April 18 (follow @SunNewsNetwork on Twitter). They’ve been busy posting photos of the new studios in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Winnipeg. No love for Edmonton apparently.
- This isn’t particularly local but I want to mention it anyway – Metro is expanding to Winnipeg and London, ON.
- Edmonton’s foodie blog queen Sharon Yeo made Western Living magazine’s Top 40 Foodies Under 40 for 2011 (PDF) for her popular blog onlyhereforthefood.ca in the Media/Activists category. Congrats Sharon!
- Edmonton’s oldest community newspaper is now online: Boyle McCauley News recently launched a new website. Paula Kirman has the story behind the new site here. I think it looks great!
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!