Media Monday Edmonton: Update #94

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Though I generally get annoyed at how early the Christmas stuff comes out, I am thrilled with the return of the Shaw Fire Log! Watch it on channels 222 (HD) and 165 (SD).

shaw fire log

UPDATE: I also wanted to link to this editorial from the Edmonton Journal. It’s about as “rah rah, look at us doing important work” as you can get. Not that the work isn’t important – certainly we should have the right to know about the child welfare system and its flaws, and I’m happy that the Journal and Calgary Herald have pursued it.

UPDATE 2: Let me expand on that previous thought! As I said, I am glad the Journal and Herald have been pursuing the story. I wanted to link to the editorial because I found it interesting in the context of the future of media:

  1. The editorial positions the Journal as being part of the story. That’s a somewhat unusual position for a “traditional” media organization to be in (though it has been more common lately). I’m interested in how the Journal navigates that territory, and so far it seems they want people to know that the Journal worked hard on this.

  2. It is often said that if newspapers die, so will important investigative journalism. Here is a local example of what people mean when they say that. The Journal and Herald have exposed facts that would otherwise have likely remained hidden. Perhaps we’ll see more of this from the Journal? Or perhaps it is too costly?

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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

3 thoughts on “Media Monday Edmonton: Update #94

  1. Excellent round up, as always, Mack. I really appreciate that you’re doing this. I didn’t know about your podcast with Graham Hicks, will have to give that a listen! With regard to the Journal/Herald feature on the deaths of children in foster care, I do think you are underestimating how little investigative journalism is being done in Alberta – indeed in Canada – these days. A little self-promotion is warranted and I think they’re showing restraint. The scope of this work is impressive, as big as anything I can remember being done in mainstream media in Alberta in the last 30 years. Given the changes and cuts to the newsrooms over the four year period they spent fighting to get information released via FOIP, I’m really glad they stuck to it and produced this work.

    1. Thanks Jodine! I just added a second update to expand on my thoughts on the editorial. I didn’t mean to suggest that what they are doing was unimpressive, and I agree a little self-promotion is fine from time to time!

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