Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The long-rumored paywall is finally coming to the Edmonton Journal. According to a Postmedia memo posted today, paywalls will launch across all of Postmedia’s websites and apps starting tomorrow. Subscriptions will be $9.95 per month or $99.50 per year, but there’s an introductory price of $0.99 for the first 30 days. Print subscribers won’t pay anything extra. As for the actual paywall: “Across all of our markets, Canadian users will be able to enjoy 10 free articles and International users will be able to enjoy five, every 30 days. Visits to the home page and important breaking news will continue to be available free of charge.”
- I noticed the Edmonton Journal website has been featuring a rotating banner this evening promoting the new subscription options, but the landing page is still giving a “Page Not Found” error. Check tomorrow I guess. Here’s what the banners look like:
- Mark your calendars for May 31! The next Meet the Media event is taking place at the Telus World of Science that night. Get your tickets here.
- CTV Edmonton held a dinner in-studio during the News at Six last week for auction winners for a charity called Planes, Trains and Actionables. What a cool idea! You can check out the photos here.
- Congrats to CBC Edmonton’s Tim Adams who was among the recipients of the 2013 Alberta Justice and Solicitor General Crime Prevention Awards, recognized for his work with Free Footie.
- The Edmonton Journal’s Marty Klinkenberg is in a movie! Well, sort of. He is played by actor Verlyn Plowman in the film Still Mine. It’s based loosely on newspaper stories that Klinkenberg wrote in New Brunswick, and it was nominated for best picture in the Canadian Screen Awards.
- Have you checked out the CTV Edmonton Pinterest page? Lots of good behind-the-scenes content there.
- Any media folks looking to switch to the dark side? This job opening for a Travel Media Relations Manager at EEDC sounds pretty enticing!
- CKUA is looking for a Director of Development to plan and manage CKUA Radio Network’s fund development programs and activities. The opportunity closes May 24. Here’s the complete posting in PDF.
- Want to see less stories about crime? Get Target to open more stores.
- A new web series called Felt Up went online today. It sounds…umm…interesting! You can watch it at Bite-TV, with new episodes posted on Mondays.
- Looking for a newspaper blast from the past? Be sure to check out Vintage Edmonton!
- Gotta start em young. Here’s a class full of up and coming newscasters!
- CKUA is hosting a free family party on May 25 to celebrate the official public opening of its new home in the rebuilt Alberta Hotel. Party in the Park runs from noon until 5pm and will feature live performances, tours, and more.
- So Rogers wants to go head-to-head with Netflix by developing its own subscription-based service? My money is on Netflix (yup I’m a happy subscriber).
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
UPDATE: Here’s the article describing the new paywall.