Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- Most awesome story of the week? The Oilers signed Hemsky to a $10 million, two-year deal, prompting someone with control of the Calgary Flames account on Twitter to post: “$10 million over two years for Hemsky is the funnist thing I’ve heard in a long, long time. I hope it happens. #whatajoke.”
- Here is Karen’s latest Edmonton New Media Roundup. She wrote about MediaCamp, as well as a bunch of other cool things happening in the community. We had a dinner with the MediaCamp organizers on Friday, the first step toward answering the question, “what next?”
- It looks like retirement isn’t for Graham Hicks, because in addition to writing restaurant reviews he is now also going to be writing a weekly business column called Hicks on Biz. Looking forward to it!
- Murray Blakely is one of this year’s RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients. He spent 42 years in the media, including 38 in radio and television and 26 as a traffic reporter. He was among those covering the 1987 Edmonton tornado. He retired in 1996.
- Brittney has the scoop on two new members of the iNews880 team!
- Alex Abboud posted an interesting entry a couple weeks ago at the Community Newsroom blog. He shared some observations from his first few weeks as the Journal’s blogger-in-residence.
- 91.7 The Bounce is celebrating its 7th birthday this year. The bash is scheduled for March 22 and features Pitbull and Flo Rida.
- Global Edmonton’s Laurel Clark is among the journalists traveling to Africa as part of the joint Shaw Africa Project between Global News and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR). She’ll be in Liberia! Here’s a tweet of support from Vassy Kapelos.
- Program director Russell James is returning to The Bounce, the station he left in 2009 when Hot 107 was launched.
- Last week the CRTC approved a new FM station in Leduc. 93.1 The One FM will play the hits of the 80s, 90s, and today. You know, like every other station.
- Jasmine Franklin, who recently launched her own media business, has joined Councillor Kerry Diotte’s office as a communications/research coordinator.
- Congratulations to Dana DiTomaso who is CBC Edmonton’s new technology columnist! You can hear her every Monday morning on the radio.
- Laurie Callsen starts as Metro Edmonton’s new digital reporter on March 18. It’ll be great to have Laurie back in Edmonton!
- Here’s a sports post for you, over at mc79hockey.com: Stories the EDM media won’t tell, Vol. MX.
- The deadline for applications for the 2012 Greg Clark Award is March 16. Last year’s winner, Marion Warnica, recently joined CBC Edmonton.
- It looks like this video showcasing Edmonton as a great location to film horror movies and television was posted in October, but I just came across it recently:
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!