Here is my latest update on local media stuff:
- I attended the Spacing Edmonton launch party last week, along with a few hundred other Edmontonians packed into The Common. It was great to see Spacing’s publisher and editor Matthew Blackett back in Edmonton for the event.
- Local co-editor Paul Giang spoke at the event, and published an editor’s note to kick off the website:
Indeed, Edmonton is a city undergoing transition. With rapid economic growth, emerging global/regional issues and many ambitious projects underway, we have reached a critical point where we must have a constructive public discussion about Edmonton: to explore its past and present, to understand who we are and what do we want, and to appropriately address the future. This discussion has already started with many passionate citizens and we have many great stories waiting to be told and celebrated locally and globally. Spacing Edmonton aims to accelerate just that.
- There’s a bunch of content up on the Spacing Edmonton site now, so check it out. And don’t miss Tom Young’s superb photographic introduction.
- I saw lots of Twitter love for the Globe and Mail’s Josh Wingrove this week. He announced he is transferring to Ottawa to join the Parliament Hill team! Their gain, our loss. Best of luck Josh!
- Tomorrow marks the Canadian Space Agency’s first tweetup in Western Canada, and it’s taking place right here in Edmonton. Astronaut Chris Hadfield will be speaking with students gathered at the TELUS World of Science as part of the event!
- Global Edmonton has been recognized by RTDNA as the best newscast in the Prairie Region for its coverage of the Hub Mall shooting. CTV Edmonton, CBC Edmonton, and 630 CHED also won awards in the 2013 RTDNA Canada Awards. Congrats to all!
- Edmonton Journal photographer Larry Wong has been nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists award in photojournalism. It’s the fourth time since 2005 that he has been a finalist. The winners will be announced in Ottawa on May 4.
- Global Edmonton’s Julie Matthews and CTV Edmonton’s Laura Lowe both received recognition in the 2012 Alberta Consumer Champion Awards.
- The St. Albert Gazette has been named best newspaper in its class in the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. It’s the fourth time in the last five years that the Gazette has taken the top spot.
- Metro Edmonton was established in 2007 which means they recently celebrated their 6th anniversary, and they celebrated with cake! As of last spring, Metro Edmonton boasted daily readership of 79,500 and weekly readership of 205,400.
- While the funny smelling water was a popular topic online last week, the latest Relinked column focuses on the attention we devoted to the passing of former Premier Ralph Klein.
- Not only did the Edmonton Journal write an entire story about Kikki Planet’s running fashion commentary of those in the Alberta Legislature, but they put it on the front page and above the fold! Slow news day, or compelling local social media personality? You decide!
- Congratulations to Sarah Chan on five years of blogging at Girls & Bicycles!
- It seems Greg Donnelly, formerly of Global Edmonton, will be on 630 CHED periodically.
- The Examiner did a profile of Sonic 102.9’s program director Al Ford.
- The Edmonton Journal is looking for a Digital Media Developer to join the web team. I love the technical qualifications mentioned in the posting: HTML5, CSS, jQuery, Bootstrap, WordPress, MySQL, git, etc. Journalism just isn’t what it used to be.
- Here’s a nice piece about CKUA and its army of volunteers. CKUA will be participating in the Edmonton Volunteer Fair on April 20.
- For those of you interested in radio rankings, you can check out the PPM ratings for November 26 to February 24 here. Sounds like 102.3 NOW! is really killing it.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!