Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- This news broke on Valentine’s Day but I haven’t had the chance to mention it yet: congratulations to Kerry Powell who is joining Global Edmonton as managing editor! Looking forward to it!
- Congratulations to all of the finalists in the Alberta Magazine Awards! The gala takes place on March 20 in Calgary.
- Here is Linda’s latest Social Media Notes. I had the opportunity to chat about social media with her and Brittney at Saturday’s ONA Edmonton conference. We talked about having some fun and showing that you’re a real person through your social media posts. You may know that one of the ways Linda does that is by sharing pictures of her cats. I joked that I should start including pictures of puppies. So, here you go!
We met Ellie in July at the Avenue Goes to the Dogs event!
- CJSR is broadcasting the annual Homelessness Radio Marathon on Wednesday. There are a lot of great stories as part of CJSR’s Street Bytes series.
- The next Art of Conversation takes place on March 14 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on the patio and in the Wedgewood room. Graham Hicks, Rob Christie, and Audie Lynds are your hosts.
- Avenue Edmonton is looking for an editorial intern. The deadline to apply is April 4.
- On February 13, J’Lyn Nye had an hour long chat with Graham Hicks on the 630 CHED Afternoon News. Graham wrote, “We had a wonderful wide-ranging conversation about Edmonton, charities and the transition into the less-hectic life of semi-retirement, if you can call it that!” I thought their conversation about his column was great.
- David Johnston is moving on from the Journal (his next move is still to be decided). I like the farewell cake that his colleagues Lucas and Ryan made. Paula wrote a farewell post on Facebook, calling him her “social media mentor.” Here’s his final Relinked column.
- If you haven’t gotten your nominations in yet for The Yeggies, what are you waiting for?! Nominations close Friday, so take a few minutes and share with us your favorites from 2013.
- Apparently Edmonton filmmaker and journalist Dave Walker is missing, somewhere in Cambodia.
- Thomas Alliance Inc. is looking for a community newspaper reporter/photographer to join its team. The deadline to apply is March 7.
- I like this comment Jennie Russell made on Saturday:
- I can’t remember where I saw this link, but I’m looking forward to reading the Verification Handbook: A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency content.
- Have you noticed the new paging that the Journal has added to its website? It looks like this:
- How annoying! First of all, it’s rare that an article is long enough to warrant that functionality (there’s usually only a paragraph or two on the second page). But worse than that, when I click either “2” or “View as one page”, it jumps back to the top of the screen (I’m using IE11). I have no idea why they introduced this. It doesn’t even do a page load, so it can’t be for page views.
- While I am complaining about the Journal, I think the ads have gotten worse. I want the ads to be there so that they can make some money, but they’re so intrusive and they slow the page so much that I’m tempted to use an ad-blocker just to make the site usable. This is what the front page looked like for me tonight:
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So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
2 thoughts on “Media Monday Edmonton: Update #101”
I couldn’t agree with you more on the changes to the Journal’s web presence. It is very annoying. I get it, by having the 2nd page, they get to show more ads but it really does turn me off the site. In the new era of news from multiple sources, I really don’t need to use the Journal anymore to get local news.
Would be nice if the Journal followed others of their ilk and put the “view as one page” option at the top of the story. To have to scroll down a page twice to reach a story’s end is, um, a waste of time (I was going to write retarded but I don’t to offend the mentally ill by including newspaper web layout editors among their number).