Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The radio ratings for November 2013 to February 2014 are out. 630 CHED takes the top spot, followed by Now 102.3 FM and CBC Radio 1. At the other end of the scale, I don’t think iNews 880’s share has ever been lower – is change on the horizon? This post has the demographic breakdown.
- A few weeks ago Edmonton Journal editor Margo Goodhand asked for feedback on whether the paper should continue to run editorials. Her decision is to keep them.
- Rod Phillips will be inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on May 30. Congrats!
- The Bear 100.3 has run a series of contests that four U of A students feel are sexist. The students have launched an online “Girlcotte” in response.
- Want to help Tamara organize the next Meet the Media tweetup? She’s looking for some assistance and would like to hold the event in May or June.
- There’s a new show about local activism on Shaw TV called From the Ground Up. It airs at 9:30am every day through March 16.
- I haven’t checked it out yet, but Alberta Venture has a new iPad app called 2014 Business Barometer.
- Unfortunately neither Edmonton show won, but it was great to see Blackstone and Tiny Plastic Men nominated in this year’s the Canadian Screen Awards! You can see all the winners here.
- The Gateway is still looking for a News Editor and an Opinion Editor.
- iMEDIA takes place this weekend! Looks like a pretty great lineup with lots of opportunities to learn about social media.
- Speaking of social media, the next Capital Ideas Edmonton event takes place next Wednesday on that very topic!
- Check out Linda’s latest Social Media Notes here.
- In case you missed it, we couldn’t resist an Ellen-style #yegmedia selfie at last week’s State of the City:
— Scott Johnston (@Scott630CHED) March 5, 2014
- I have seen many people point to this article from the March 2014 edition of The Walrus: The Story behind the Rob Ford Story. By Ivor Tossell, it talks about how “a little-known Supreme Court ruling unmuzzled reporters—and changed Canadian journalism.”
- Rogers today unveiled its “dream team” of broadcasters to anchor national NHL coverage when it takes over from CBC next season. George Stroumboulopoulos will anchor, with Ron & Don bringing Coaches Corner to Rogers. Despite a lot of fluff about the new look of Hockey Night in Canada, the lineup looks decidedly familiar: aged, white, and male.
- I’ve wondered about this stat. The CRTC says there were about 70,000 payphones across the country in 2013, down from 115,000 in 2006. There aren’t many left here in Edmonton.
- This could be one of those change-the-game-entirely kind of announcements: Getty Images is making its millions of photos free to use. You can embed them just like a YouTube video. For example:
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!