Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- MediaCamp Edmonton is taking place on Saturday the World Trade Centre downtown. Check out our schedule, speakers, and sponsors, and get your tickets now!
- Old news, but I haven’t written about it here yet: Alex Abboud was selected to be the Edmonton Journal’s first blogger-in-residence.
- A couple of losses for CTV Edmonton to report: Simon Ostler is moving to Toronto to join CP24, and Richard Ozero is also departing, though I haven’t yet seen when or to where.
- I’m not sure how long ago this happened, but I see that GIG CITY is now a news source in Google News!
- Rogers is seeking submissions for the Alberta Local Programming Initiative. They cite “Oil Change” and “The Quon Dynasty” as examples of the kinds of shows they are looking for – “local stories that have relevance to a national audience, with an emphasis on exploring exciting ideas and worlds that have not been exposed on television.” The deadline to get your proposal in is February 15, 2012.
- Here is an updated list of all Edmonton Journal accounts on Twitter. It has really grown over time!
- To help promote Expansion 2012, the Edmonton International Airport joined forces with The Bridge to have bloggers cover the test day that happened on Saturday. Maybe I’m missing something, but I only see two reports, and really only one that looks related to the weekend. I guess we’ll have to wait to see how successful this experiment is.
- “Lesley Primeau comes off like a hard-boiled, old-school journalist you don’t want to mess with if you know what’s good for you.” Haha, yes, yes she does. Mike Ross profiles the Edmonton radio vet at GIG CITY.
- Premier Alison Redford invited the media to join her on the LRT last week as she traveled to the Jubilee Auditorium.
- Steven Sandor, Editor of Avenue Edmonton, and local bloggers Chris Falconer and Duncan Kinney are among the presenters scheduled to wow us at Pecha Kucha Night 12 on Thursday evening. Looking forward to it!
- Global Edmonton’s Su-Ling Goh has joined Twitter. Here’s her first tweet.
- Brent Wittmeier reflects on two years at the Edmonton Journal in a recent blog post. He estimates that the Journal printed “roughly 100,000 copies of a 960-page book of Wittmeierian observations, split-infinitives, and awkward transitions.” In a follow-up post, he shared his “favourite” story of 2011.
- I love that the Edmonton Sun uses existing off-the-shelf tools instead of trying to roll their own. Disqus for comments, and Wufoo for scoops are two examples!
- Derek Zona over at The Copper & Blue calls out the local media for pumping up the Oilers rebuild without much critical analysis.
- If you don’t already subscribe to Michael Geist’s blog, you should. Lately he has been covering SOPA, ACTA, and Bill C-11.
- The February 2012 issue of Boyle McCauley News is now online!
- Targa Communications launched the Alberta Media Network last week, a news release production and distribution service. “Twitter will also play a major role in the operations of the company. News releases will be posted on the social media site so that the public can view them and get involved in the discussion as well.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!