Media Monday Edmonton: Update #104

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • 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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

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