Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The Alberta Film & Television Awards nominees were announced on Thursday. Edmonton-made TV drama Blackstone earned the most nominations at 13. The awards will be handed out on April 12 in Calgary.
- The finalists in the 2013 National Newspaper Awards competition have been announced. The Edmonton Journal picked up two nominations and the Edmonton Sun picked up one. The winners will be announced on May 30 in Charlottetown.
- Congratulations to local photographer Kyle Giesbrecht on being recognized by Google for his work on the Street View tour of the Edmonton Corn Maze!
- If you missed the Edmonton Food Bloggers Meetup like I did, you’ll want to check out the recaps from organizers Maki and Marianne. Looks like it was a good time!
- Here is the last column from Rayanne Forbes in the Edmonton Examiner. She is taking time away to undergo her sixth surgery related to Graves Disease. I wish you well Rayanne!
- Caitlin Crawshaw profiled photographer Jimmy Jeong in this piece at Work of Arts, the official magazine of the U of A’s Faculty of Arts. Jimmy has been a freelance photographer for 13 years now, after starting out at the Gateway while he was a student at the U of A.
- Look on Twitter for photos from all the #yegmedia events taking place recently, including karaoke and curling!
- Thinking of switching sides? Action on Smoking & Health is looking for someone to coordinate an earned media campaign in Alberta.
- An Edmonton-born oilfield worker is one of the stars of season 4 of Discovery Channel’s reality show License to Drill.
- The 2013 Yeggies nominees will be announced soon! Keep an eye on the blog and Twitter for updates.
- Capital Ideas is hosting its next event at the Edmonton Journal on Wednesday, with a focus on utilizing social media.
- Hungry? Check out the latest episode of Mack & Cheese, my podcast with Graham Hicks! We talk about our favorite restaurants.
- Craig Button, former Calgary Flames GM and now an NHL insider on TSN, “ripped into the job done by Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins” in a recent radio interview with Bob Stauffer. Good on him for sticking to his guns against Stauffer.
- Are you a fan of Days of our Lives? A few of the show’s stars will be at Chapters in West Edmonton Mall on Thursday for a book signing.
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. Watch for her recap of iMedia 2014.
- Here’s a preview of ‘Against the Ropes’, a new “30-minute broadcast form series that chronicles the lives of the members, staff and owner of Panther Gym.” The gym is located at 111 Street and 102 Avenue, and the show is being produced by Gruvpix Productions:
- CBC’s ombudsman has passed judgment on the practice of journalists taking on paid speaking engagements: “Given that Journalistic Standards and Practices spells out a commitment to independence, and the Conflict of Interest guidelines encompass perception of conflict as well, it is inconsistent with policy when CBC news and current affairs staff accept payment from groups that are likely to be in the news.”
- FiveThirtyEight, the new data journalism organization being led by Nate Silver, launched today. In an introductory article, Silver talks about the approach they’ll take and about the need for better data journalism. If you’re expecting just charts and infographics, you’ll be disappointed: his piece clocks in at over 3500 words!
- Here are two FiveThirtyEight articles to get you started: Why Gretzky Had It Easy, and ‘Data Is’ vs. ‘Data Are’ (thank goodness ‘data is’ wins).
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!