Media Monday Edmonton: Update #52

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

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  • Congratulations to Kevin Kossowan on reaching episode #50! Amazing stuff.
  • Lowetide wonders how you get your sports news. “I’m finding fewer and fewer places on the internet where actual reporting followed by opinion can be believed at point of entry.” There are a lot of interesting comments on that post.
  • Season four of The Unknown Studio is almost here! They boys have a cool new initiative underway too – they’ve partnered with Guru Digital Arts College to offer podcasters studio space and equipment for just $10 a session. Hopefully this leads to a bunch of new podcasts!
  • Interesting post from Glenn Kubish on Washington D.C.’s new crowdfunded project Homicide Watch. Here’s the site’s description: “Using original reporting, court documents, social media, and the help of victims’ and suspects’ friends, family, neighbors and others, we cover every homicide from crime to conviction.”
  • All I can say is wow, you’ve got guts Heather! Metro Edmonton’s Heather McIntyre rappelled down the Sutton Place Hotel on Tuesday to raise funds for the Easter Seals.
  • Linda wrote all about Social Media Breakfast last week. My schedule makes it really difficult to attend, and I wish they had a real website. But clearly the events are popular and there’s no shortage of topics to explore.
  • Karen Unland and the Capital Ideas team are building toward something, even if they’re not sure what it’ll look like just yet. I think they have come a long way in a short period of time. The next event takes place tomorrow and features Jeff Archibald, Alyson Hodson, and Jeff McLean.
  • GIG CITY writes about Avenue Edmonton’s push for an SCTV monument.
  • Here’s a profile of Mike Zouhri, founder and CEO of SHAVE.
  • This is pretty cool: Edmonton writer Marty Chan is curating the @PeopleofCanada Twitter account this week! Check it out here.
  • Void TV is new to me, and I see they have a new magazine too. Looks like another interesting source for local music news.
  • Head over to the Garneau Theatre on Friday night for Bump it at the Metro! – “Local filmmakers have created bold, original, and often times hilarious pre-show films under 60 seconds long. Come out and view them all, vote for your favourite, and have a drink with us. The selected bumpers will move in to rotation at Metro Cinema during the coming year.”
  • A little more than a year since he joined CTV Edmonton’s Morning Live, Craig Larkins has departed for CBC in Toronto.
  • I think there’s some questionable logic in David Johnston’s most recent Relinked column. Talking about the popular Hummer Hero story, he wrote: “If it takes a punchy headline, an offbeat story, or a trivia game to pull a reader into the Journal’s news circle, how can that be a bad thing? They’re still reading the news: they just get to it from an interesting place.” He goes on to say that 40% of the Journal’s web traffic is internal (from one page to another). Note that does not mean visitors are reading the news, and there is no information about the bounce rate, time on site, or link depth visited. Arguing that less-serious stuff is important to attract people to the serious stuff feels like an argument a newspaper would make, given the long history of bundling. I’m just not sure it’s accurate.
  • I don’t know why, but I kind of like this photo…maybe it’s the “couch” transit bench!

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

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

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

3 thoughts on “Media Monday Edmonton: Update #52

  1. Another great look at what’s going on in Edmonton media. A post I never miss!

    Homicide Watch is a site I’ve kind of seen out of the periphery of my Internet watching the last couple of years. It’s a good example of the kind of journalism that can, and does, occur outside of the “professional” side of media. It fills a gap, tells a story, and opens a conversation. Glad to see it’s still alive and kicking.

    I had the pleasure of grabbing a drink with some of the Void TV crew last year. They’re really passionate about music, and Edmonton music, and it’s also a great example of coverage that continues outside of the arts pages. There’s plenty of live recordings on their site with lots of local talent.

    You know, I have actually never been to a social media breakfast…

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