This week I want to first acknowledge that a number of readers have suggested I should improve the accessibility of my blog (link differentiation, appropriate alternate text and other features for screen readers, etc.). I have been planning to redesign for a little while now, and will make accessibility an important part of the update (the other big thing is responsive design). Thanks to everyone who has made suggestions – stay tuned!
Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- There’s still time to make a Movember donation! Check out the Edmonton Media Mos network. Also, shout out to Rick Harp who doesn’t appear to be in the network but who is still rocking a solid moustache. He just celebrated his one-year-anniversary here in Edmonton!
- I totally missed this, but Q with Jian Ghomeshi did a live show in Edmonton on Thursday. You can listen to the archived audio online – don’t miss part two, which is the media panel featuring Paula Simons. Here’s a nice recap from John Richardson.
- Marty Forbes has an update on what has been happening with local radio and television stations. For instance: “CTV’s Josh Classen is now on with Pepper and Dylan on 104.9 VIRGIN Radio doing weather and fooling around six times a morning and again with Jake Ryan every afternoon.”
- CTV has announced that Bill Fortier will join Brenna Rose as co-anchor of CTV News Weekends as of December 1. Also – Jennifer Dolynchuk is CTV Morning Live’s newest traffic host.
- CBC Edmonton’s Portia Clark, usually seen on TV, is now hosting Radio Active on 740 AM / 93.9 FM until March!
- Heather McIntyre has been at Metro for two years now – congrats!
- Brittney reports that Brenton Driedger is the new 630 CHED/iNews 880 Assistant News Director.
- Why is local news the focal point for the Edmonton Journal? I’m not sure this Relinked column really answers the question. At least part of the answer has to be related to advertisers who ultimately fund the paper.
- The first edition of MODCITY is now available at various locations throughout the city. Can’t wait to see it in person!
- Don’t forget the Miss Representation screening takes place on Thursday evening at the Art Gallery of Alberta. It’s “a film that explores the impact media has not only on women but society as well.”
- Here’s a really great post from Jeff Jarvis: “Content is that which fills something. Service is that which accomplishes something.” He argues that media and education should be focused on providing services rather the content.
- Be sure to check out The Unknown Studio on Wednesday for a big announcement!
- Tiny Plastic Men premieres on December 3 on Super Channel.
- Want to help shape Canada’s interactive media industry? Fill out the Canadian Interactive Industry Profile survey.
- Should have included this last week: Congrats to Global Edmonton GM Tim Spelliscy who was also honored with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
- Here is 93.1 The One FM’s Mike McGuire with a tour of Leduc’s first radio station:
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!