Media Monday Edmonton: Update #17

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • The biggest media news of the week is also the saddest: Jeff & Sally have decided that September 9 will be the last day for the edmontonian. They wrote: “Our heads are bursting with ideas and schemes (seriously, call the head hospital!) and this will let us make space for new things to come our way.” In other words, we haven’t seen the last of Jeff & Sally (thankfully). Here’s their first “look back” post. I’ll have more on this next week, and I can’t wait to see all of the tributes that are created over the next while. The outpouring of support today has been great to see.
  • Looking to get your feet wet with podcasting? The Unknown Studio is looking for contributors. Simply pitch your segment idea by September 30 and you could be a regular feature on the show!
  • It’s that time of year! Karen looks at education in her latest Edmonton New Media Roundup.
  • Erin Despas did an interview with Julie Matthews, Global Edmonton’s Trouble Shooter. “With sixteen years of experience in journalism, the thirty-five year old journalist has been with Global Edmonton for seven and a half years. Matthews has no plans currently to leave her job.”
  • I discovered recently that Avenue Edmonton’s Omar Mouallem also contributes to the AOL Travel Canada blog! Cool to see him talking up Edmonton beyond our city’s borders.
  • I quite like the Government of Alberta’s Newsroom page. Simple, but clear and with all the relevant links and information.
  • If you’re a U of A student interested in media, swing by the Gateway offices in SUB – they’re looking for volunteers. They’re also looking for help with their weekly podcast.
  • Oil Sands Truth is an interesting site from a media perspective. It both aggregates and curates recent news, data, maps, photos, audio, and video. Does anyone know of a good site that does the same thing with the opposite side of the story?
  • This note about a new book called The Man in Blue Pajamas: Prison Memoir in the Form of a Novel came up in one of my searches: “Kurdish poet and journalist Jalal Barzanji endured imprisonment and torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein because of his outspoken writings. After emigrating to Canada in the 1990s, Barzanji, who was named Edmonton’s first writer-in-exile in 2007, finally tells his story.” Turns out Jalal is on Twitter!
  • Nice shout out to “the social media rockstars of #yeg” from Jeremy Bibaud, who recently left the United Way after four and a half years. I think he did some great work to bring that organization up-to-speed with Twitter, Facebook, and all of the other tools they have started using, not to mention the new website! Best of luck Jeremy!
  • Four members of the local media participated in a pizza eating contest on Sunday at the Viva Italia Viva Edmonton festival. Citytv’s Stacey Brotzel, the griff’s Jenny Feniak, OMNI’s Kit Koon, and SONiC 102.9’s Brandy Taylor all competed to see who could chow down the most pizza in five minutes. Brandy came away with the victory in a tiebreaker round against Kit, but no one left empty-handed: they got to take the pizza they didn’t eat with them!

Pizza Eating Contest!
Brandy Taylor, Kit Koon, Jenny Feniak, Stacey Brotzel

Edmonton Media at City Hall
The media table outside the media room at City Hall.

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

Just a quick mention: we had a very productive MediaCamp Edmonton planning session tonight, and we expect to share more on that in the coming weeks!

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

8 thoughts on “Media Monday Edmonton: Update #17

  1. “Oil Sands Truth is an
    interesting site from a media perspective. It both aggregates and
    curates recent news, data, maps, photos, audio, and video. Does anyone
    know of a good site that does the same thing with the opposite side of
    the story?”

    Ummmm … how about EVERY MAINSTREAM MEDIA OUTLET IN ALBERTA AND CANADA? Geez, figure it out!!!

  2. I’d think “Truth” would contain BOTH sides of the story. If it takes two sites, and one’s pro and the other’s con, neither is truth – they’re just two polarized editorials. 
    Oh, how I so miss even the very *concept* (report both sides) of journalism. Unless a story reports both, it shouldn’t run. Journalism 101.Thanks for not ignoring the (mostly forgotten since the 80’s) issue of media bias, Mack – good catch.

    1. I think this could be a new form of journalism, however. I don’t think there’s such a thing as unbiased coverage. Everyone has a bias. If there was an alternative to the site I mentioned, you could look at both of them together.

      1. A couple of my thoughts on Oil Sands Truth: it’s a good aggregator of content. Sure, it’s a perspective that may feed one side or another, but it’s not saying it’s got the opposite side. For information, it’s great. For “balance” it’s up to the reporting agencies the web site is aggregating to do so in their stories.

        Truth can’t have two sides. The truth is factual and multiple sides of a story are opinion. For example, if the oilsands (or any other industrial project) is putting pollutants into air and water beyond acceptable health and environmental standards it’s a breach of law. Whether that’s seen (or spun) as an acceptable risk because of outdated standards or economic benefit, or whatever, is not a truth but interpretation and application of the truth. 

      2. Good points, I agree. I guess to clarify I had already made the leap to “ignore the site’s name” so wasn’t as concerned with the fact that it is called “Truth”. Though I suppose I shouldn’t have ignored that.

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