Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Congratulations to Dave Cournoyer who has been blogging at Daveberta for 10 years! I remember being a little starstruck when I first met Dave in line for a show at the Varscona Theatre. I was a big fan (I still am) and meeting people in person that you followed online was still a little strange at the time. He was totally cool about it though, and I’m fortunate to have gotten to know him better over the years since. Here’s to another 10 years Dave!
- Here’s the oldest cache of Dave’s blog that exists at the Internet Archive, from December 23, 2005.
Dave with Michael Walters & Stephen Mandel in 2010
- Ralph Armstrong, who spent more than 35 years at the Edmonton Journal and retired in 2002, died on December 7, 2014 at the age of 78. Here’s a tribute in the Journal.
- Sun Media columnist Link Byfield has died of cancer at the age of 63. He was editor and publisher of the now defunct Alberta Report, and was a founding member of the Wildrose Party. Here are some thoughts from Lorne Gunter.
- Catalyst Theatre’s Nevermore is now on stage in New York and the first reviews are in! Here’s the New York Times review, and here’s the New York Post review. Liz Nicholls gives us the behind-the-scenes view on the Stagestruck blog.
- Have you seen the new Global Edmonton promo clip? Watch it on Facebook.
- To say that things are heating up in provincial politics would be a big understatement. We’ll probably see new candidates, and that means journalists will have to decide on a “like” or “friend” policy. Here’s a bit of discussion from Elise Stolte on the subject.
- Here’s the latest roundup of local blog posts from Karen!
- Karlynn is starting a new blog series all about food bloggers.
- New Music Michael has the scoop on two new CKUA shows starting in February. Both “The Label” and “The Takeaway” will be hosted by Sarah Hoyles.
- Cam Tait discusses the Corus Radiothon in his latest column. “Live radio. Raw emotion. Powerful stuff.”
- I’m very intrigued by drones and how they might be used for journalism. Kevin Kossowan has been experimenting and agrees with what everyone says, it’s only a matter of time until you crash your drone.
- Global News has been named the biggest Canadian site on Facebook. CBC comes in second, followed by The Huffington Post and CTV News. This is based on data pulled together during December by The Whip.
- CBC announced last week that it will no longer allow on-air journalists to make paid appearances.
- I have been reading a bit about Canadaland lately and came across this piece in the Globe that discusses Jesse Brown’s rise to fame in Canada as well has some of his own shortcomings.
- W Network is debuting a new show in March called Hockey Wives and it’ll feature communications expert Jenny Scrivens, wife of Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens.
- It feels like I read new research on millenials every other day. The latest study suggests they value authenticity more highly than the content itself when consuming news. “As a result, they are relying on new ways to consume media, with 33 percent selecting blogs as their top media source.”
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!