Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The 2014 Corus Radiothon supporting the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation took place on January 22 and 23. A total of $1.42 million was raised, up from $1.25 million in 2013. Since it started, the radiothon has raised more than $16 million!
- The Olympics in Sochi are coming very soon, and that means changes to what you’ll see on TV. Here are CBC Edmonton’s lineup changes.
- I happened to catch this the other day: Global Edmonton’s Gord Steinke and Nicola Crosbie now have verified accounts on Twitter. To my knowledge, they’re the first journalists in Edmonton to get verified!
- Via Vintage Edmonton, here’s a look at Edmonton’s channel 5 TV lineup in 1962.
- Here is the latest Relinked column at the Journal. Their editorial on the assaults in Terwillegar was the most popular item of the week.
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. One of the things she linked to is Twitter’s new analytics.
- The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is hosting a seminar on February 7 called “Thinking Outside the Back Cover: How to Develop and Execute a Rich Media Strategy”. Wayne MacPhail is the speaker, and he’ll cover topics like thinking mobile first, platform options, and strategy and tactics.
- Here’s a recap of the last Capital Ideas Edmonton event that featured Bree Emmerson, Lori Pecorilli, and Jacqueline Jacek. Their next event is coming up on February 19.
- Also, Capital Ideas has launched Three (and a half) things to feature some of their favorite reads from the week. The list of links format is easy and effective!
- Did you know that Hot 107 has a Music Advisory Panel? You can join it here.
- To take advantage of the Justin Bieber debacle that has been going on lately, Hot 107 hosted a Bieber Breakfast. For a minimum $5 donation to Edmonton Addiction Youth Services they’d serve an Egg McMuffin.
- The CRTC is looking for feedback on the future of the Canadian television system. Phase 2 of their “conversation with Canadians” starts on February 2.
Press Gallery at McKay Avenue School
No local interest in Pinterest
There’s a lot of talk about Facebook making a splash in the news world with an upcoming app, but they’re not the only social network with an interest in the media. Pinterest too has made an effort to court media organizations, and they said in September that “a growing number of journalists and media sites use Pinterest.” Back in March, they launched an analytics dashboard to help media orgs and others see how their content is being pinned on Pinterest. Unsurprisingly, Mashable has a lot of great stuff on Pinterest if you’d like to learn more about what they have been up to.
Some of the local media are using Pinterest, but not many (let me know if I have missed any):
- Edmonton Journal – 5325 pins, 2814 followers
- Global Edmonton – 213 pins, 538 followers
- CTV Edmonton – 512 pins, 299 followers
- Edmonton’s Child Magazine – 229 pins, 173 followers
- 104.9 Virgin Edmonton – 33 pins, 132 followers
- I Heart Edmonton – 739 pins, 89 followers
- HOT 107 Edmonton – 26 pins, 83 followers
- Edmonton Sun – 41 pins, 74 followers
As you can see, only the Edmonton Journal is really active on Pinterest. They’ve created 85 boards, featuring everything from “Cars”, “Food”, and “Weddings” to “Mint Green Fashions” and “Chalkboard Paint Inspiration”. One of the most interesting boards (from a news point-of-view) is “This Day in Journal History”, which is described as “a daily look at the past through the eyes of the Edmonton Journal.”
I guess Pinterest hasn’t caught on with local media orgs. If you’re looking to jump into Pinterest, here are five ways journalists can use the service and here are five ways journalists are using Pinterest.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!