Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- In case you missed it: Omar Mouallem did a great piece for New Trail, the University of Alberta’s alumni magazine, featuring five local bloggers. I’m pretty happy that Sharon and I were profiled together! Also featured were Adam Rozenhart, Caroline Gault, and Aaron Levin. You can check out the print layout here.
- The Journal announced on Sunday that starting next year it will outsource the printing of the newspaper to Great West Newspapers. That means the Eastgate plant that opened in 1980 will be closed, resulting in the loss of 70 full-time jobs and perhaps an additional 30 part-time jobs. Don’t miss David Climenhaga’s post about the news – he does a great job of breaking down exactly what this means. The Journal is acknowledging the cost-savings associated with the move, but is really trying to play up the benefit of having newer printers that can do full color and wider layouts. Who cares if the future is digital?
- The Fringe kicks off on Thursday so be prepared for a flood of #yegfringe tweets! Linda wrote about the festival’s use of social media in her latest column.
- I’m really looking forward to the Capital Ideas panel on networking this week! Join us on Wednesday during the lunch hour at the Edmonton Journal building downtown.
- I like this: Sona Chavda features Trish Kozicka’s weekly segment on Global Edmonton.
- Early congratulations to Stacey Brotzel who is approaching her 15th anniversary with CKEM (A-Channel/Citytv).
- It turns out that Edmontonian Sheri Landry did win the Best Blogger Canada contest. The contract she won is worth about 100,000 euros, and it also comes with a 10,000 euro donation to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
- With the Olympics now over, CTV Morning Live returned bright and early this morning at 5:30am!
- The Journal’s Dan Barnes tweeted that he’ll be the Business Editor starting in mid-September. Congrats!
- Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the radio station we now know as JOE FM. It signed on the air as CJAX-FM 92.5 on August 11, 1982. It became CKNG-FM (the current call letters) in June of 1986.
- I have been enjoying Sarah’s recaps of her trip to BlogHer ’12. You can learn more about BlogHer here.
- There are a couple of new job postings to report: The St. Albert Gazette is looking for a reporter and Metro is looking for a photo journalist.
- A new study by the Knight Foundation summarizes the state of journalism training and found that technology, multimedia, and data skills are the three topics journalists would like training on most. That sounds fairly close to what we tried to deliver at MediaCamp.
- Check out what Edmonton bloggers have been writing about over the past week.
- It was great to see Eat Street in town last week filming Molly’s Eats, Drift, and The Act. I was at Drift’s filming on Wednesday and was really pleased to see a lineup that stretched around the block! It was a big enough deal that both CTV and Citytv were on-site to cover the event. While I feel that both were too aggressive in their pursuit of the story (jumping into the truck uninvited is like walking into a restaurant and heading straight into the kitchen) the resulting coverage was definitely positive. The episodes should air sometime in January, so stay tuned!
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!