Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- There’s a new podcast in town! Sarah O’Donnell, Graham Thomson, Paula Simons and other Edmonton Journal reporters have launched The Press Gallery, a political podcast.
- With Heather McInytre’s departure from Metro, they’re looking for a new Digital Reporter. Check out the job posting in PDF here.
- Kerry Powell took to Facebook to post some thoughts about getting laid off at the Journal. “My next job, whatever it is, will have a hard act to follow. But I’m excited to figure out what it could be and, in time, to leap back in to the workplace.”
- Congratulations to Elise Stolte, now on maternity leave from the Edmonton Journal after the birth of Marc Evan! He’s so cute!
- Here’s a recap of How to survive a crisis, the most recent Capital Ideas panel.
- Are bloggers ruining the analysis of hockey? Interesting discussion over at the Copper & Blue blog about that very topic.
- Gig City took a look at the practice of assigning Fringe reviews a star rating and the impact it can have.
- Global Edmonton’s Lorraine Mansbridge recently did a feature with the Toronto Sun’s Celebrity Spaces.
- A reminder that the Online News Association’s Edmonton chapter launch event is coming up on September 12. Follow them on Twitter at @ONAYeg.
- The Spruce Grove Examiner and Stony Plain Reporter are looking for a full-time multimedia news reporter. The deadline to apply is Friday.
- Ward 11 candidate Mujahid Chak was the founder of the first Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi radio show in Edmonton and was a founding member of CKER Radio (101.7 World FM).
- I saw the new Shaw store in Calgary when I was there a couple of weeks ago, and now there’s one here in Edmonton at Southgate Mall.
- This is without question the best thing I’ve read about the now infamous Miley Cyrus performance at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. You can always count on The Onion to tell it like it is. Honorable mention to the Globe and Mail for Hannah Montana’s obituary.
Today at lunch a handful of local media personalities gathered in Churchill Square for a fun ping pong doubles tournament! I was fortunate enough to be paired with Citytv’s Ryan Jespersen, though we lost to 630 CHED’s Scott Johnston and CBC’s Mark Connolly. Over on the other table, the Edmonton Journal’s Brittney Le Blanc and Metro’s Ryan Tumilty were defeated by CTV’s Graham Neil and the Edmonton Sun’s Linda Hoang. In the final game, it was Scott and Mark that took the victory. Good game guys!
The media tournament was just the warm-up of course – the main event was Mayor Stephen Mandel versus EEDC CEO Brad Ferguson. The mayor was playing in support of the Abbottsfield Recreational Centre Society, while Brad chose to support Junior Achievement. The audience was encouraged to wager loonies or toonies on the winner, with all the proceeds going to their respective charities. Donovan Workun emceed the event and did a fantastic job of keeping it entertaining. In the end, Brad was the winner by two points!
It was a fun way to spend the lunch hour – thanks to EEDC for the opportunity to participate! You can see a few more photos and a video here.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!