Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Marty Forbes: “Put me down as ‘thumbs up’ on Ryan Jespersen joining 630 CHED last month.”
- As of today, Perry Mah has been with the Edmonton Sun for 25 years!
- More words written about the media coverage of the Oilers and Tyler Dellow. Seems everyone is wondering the same thing: why can’t all the Edmonton Oilers media just get along? I guess this is what happens when the team is so boring that there’s nothing better to write about.
- And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the interview Craig MacTavish did recently.
- With all this in-fighting going on you’d be forgiven for thinking there are more Oilers bloggers than ever before, but Wanye says the Oilogosphere is now a ghost town.
- On the topic of sports, here’s the Edmonton Journal Sports podcast (and on iTunes). The latest episode is all about the Oilers.
- Karen wrote about a lot of this hockey stuff in her latest roundup of local blog posts too.
- Edmonton radio host Sarah Hoyles has launched a new podcast called Pet Sounds Radio. The first episode tackles the question, do cats and dogs like music?
- Want to learn more about the art of the pitch? Omar Mouallem is doing a free online seminar “that will get you one step closer to writing for your favorite publications.”
- Intake for the second season of the CineCoup Film Accelerator opens today and runs for four weeks. The producers will be at Mercer Tavern on Tuesday night to answer questions and to give advice.
- Mark your calendars for February 18 – that’s when the next Morning News Meetup is taking place at Startup Edmonton. It features Steve Ladurantaye, the head of Canadian news and government partnerships for Twitter Inc.
- As a racing fan, this one caught my eye: Shaw is removing Speed from its lineup of channels starting April 1, 2015.
- The Grammy Awards pulled in an average audience of 2.64 million viewers here in Canada, “making it the most-watched program” in Citytv’s history. The network has extended its deal to broadcast the Grammys for another two years, through 2018.
- Two consumer advocacy groups have filed complaints with the CRTC about CraveTV and Shomi, saying the services run counter to the rules as they are tied to other subscriptions (of TV or Internet).
- More cost-cutting at Postmedia, this time affecting the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, and Windsor Star.
- Good essay by Jeff Jarvis. “The only cure for the commodification and cheapening of news is to move away from business models built on volume over value.”
- Felix Salmon: To all the young journalists asking for advice…
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!