Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- CTV Edmonton’s story on Thursday about a photo tweeted by EPS Constable Brendan Power caused quite a stir on Twitter. Gord Lacey’s post does a good job of summarizing the issues that most people had with it (so does this tweet). On the other side, Gary McCallum questions what all the fuss is about. I really appreciate the glimpse Constable Power and others have given us into the daily lives of EPS officers, and I’m saddened to hear that he may not be tweeting any longer as a result of this story (he explained in subsequent tweets that even one bad story can really impact an officer’s career). The Edmonton Sun wrote about the “story” here. I think the CTV story was poorly done. It really did seem like Amanda (the reporter) had made up her mind that it was a bad photo and worked to make the story support that notion despite very little evidence to back it up. There was no attempt to clarify that the photo was tweeted many hours after the incident took place, not while it was in progress. Here’s the original tweet in question. UPDATE: I totally missed this follow-up from CTV, which highlights the support Constable Power received in response to the story.
- Alberta Street News is working on a new website and has a new Facebook page! You can also follow them on Twitter at @abstnews.
- Local media legend Bruce Hogle has been named the honorary chair for the Operation Friendship Seniors Society’s $225,000 fundraising campaign.
- Vue Weekly is still looking for a news editor!
- Sona Chavda makes fun of Ryan Jespersen’s socks. Love it!
- An update on Edmonton’s PSR Media Mob Day: it’ll be held at Schanks Sports Lounge, and there are now a bunch of confirmed attendees. Marty Forbes has more on that here.
- This week Relinked looks at festival video projects.
- This competition is going to find “Canada’s best blogger”? Really? Sheri Landry of Edmonton has made it to the final round of the contest, with the winner slated to be announced this week.
- This has got to be one of the most bizarre posts I have ever seen at Gizmodo. It tells the complete story of New York Times technology writer David Pogue losing his phone and getting it back.
- There has been a lot of talk about social media in relation the London Olympics, or the “Socialympics” as they have been dubbed. I love seeing what the athletes tweet!
- Check out what Edmonton bloggers have been up to over the last week.
- Tickets for the 31st Annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival go on sale at noon tomorrow (August 7). The media launch kicks off at 11am at the TransAlta Arts Barns.
- As I sometimes do on long weekends, I neglected to post my Edmonton notes yesterday. I really have no excuse – Linda posts her clicks of the day pretty much every single day!
- CBC was recording a podcast at the Heritage Festival today:
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!