Happy New Year! Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- As mentioned previously, Citytv’s Ryan Jespersen and Bridget Ryan are joining forces with Liann Cameron from 91.7 THE BOUNCE and Brandy Taylor from SONiC 102.9 to host our city’s New Years Eve celebration from Churchill Square. Looking forward to it!
- The TV show ‘Undercover Boss Canada’ is featuring Clark Builders founder Andy Clark in an upcoming episode set to air on January 31. In addition to Edmonton, filming took place in Yellowknife and Calgary.
- I like this look back at 2012 from the Journal. “Here are ten stories that, by other metrics, might have slipped through the cracks, but were remembered for their overwhelming traction on social channels.”
- A couple of weeks ago, Metro did a story on the Idle No More march and embedded a Google Map with the route. More like that please!
- There’s a “Digital Tools Workshop” for writers and editors coming up on January 19, taught by Omar Mouallem.
- Edmonton Journal photographer Larry Wong was named 2012 Global Photographer of the Year in the Global Photo Awards. Congratulations to Larry, but I have to say, the combination of a general and far-reaching name like “Global Photo Awards” and a website that looks like it was created in the 90s certainly diminishes the perceived prestige of the award.
- The McCauley Family Life Videography Project now has a Tumblr.
- The Edmonton Journal recently launched a new Subscriber Rewards site. You can now access rewards, contests, and other special offers all in one place.
- This looks like it would have been interesting: Edmonton media get taste of battle at military weapons demo.
- The next Capital Ideas Edmonton event is coming up on January 23 and features Teresa Spinelli and Dan Haight who will discuss building a family business.
- I’ve never heard of the Max! Canadian Healthy Vending machines, but it seems that K-97’s own Terry Evans and his wife Jodie Chernoff are the local distributors (the company is called YEGMax!). They of course have one at Newcap Radio in West Edmonton Mall.
- It seems the New York Times paywall is working better than anyone had guessed it would. I don’t think that is necessarily good news for paywalls across the board though – local papers are nothing like the Times.
- Will 2013 be the year that responsive design starts to get weird? Maybe it’ll be the year that we start to see any responsive design at all here in Edmonton (among the mainstream media, that is).
- Newsweek just couldn’t resist including a hashtag on its final print cover.
- I could not believe that Luka Magnotta was selected as Canada’s 2012 Newsmaker of the Year. What does that say about our country’s newsrooms?
- If you watched Global during the holidays, you’ve probably seen their Christmas videos. Here’s a look behind-the-scenes:
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!