What a week in the world of media, both local and elsewhere. Let’s start with some local stuff before moving on to the broader mediaverse:
- Omar Mouallem’s latest piece for Canadaland sparked quite a bit of discussion and controversy. Writing in response to the demise of Sun News Network, Omar said: “I hope Sun TV’s former employees aren’t out of work for long, but I’m glad that this morning they woke up jobless. It’s a victory for journalism.”
- Here’s an overview of the related tweetstorm in the Ryerson Review of Journalism.
- Longtime radio broadcaster Ken Cameron (Camphaug) passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday the 10th. Over his career he worked at 630 CHED and CFCW, among others.
- Congratulations to Avenue Edmonton’s Steven Sandor, named Editor of the Year in the 2015 Alberta Magazine Achievement Awards. Avenue Edmonton is on the shortlist for Magazine of the Year. Also, here are all the finalists for the 2015 Alberta Magazine Showcase Awards.
- Trish Kozicka has left Global Edmonton for Toronto. All the best Trish!
- Check out the Global Edmonton ice sculpture at the Silver Skate Festival!
- Don’t miss Steve Ladurantaye speak on using Twitter in the newsroom on Wednesday morning at the next Morning News Meetup at Startup Edmonton.
- Here’s the Global and Mail obituary of “fearless columnist” Link Byfield.
- Linda has followed up her popular list of local Instagrammers to follow with a brand new top 25. Such amazing people and photos!
- In case you missed it, here is Omar’s Spreecast on the art of the pitch.
- Here are some photos from NAIT’s student radio station NR92 on World Radio Day.
- From Vintage Edmonton, here’s the CJCA-AM News Bureau War Diary from 1946.
- Here’s a nice story about former CRFN-TV broadcaster Steve Hogle and his love of the Oilers.
- Don’t miss Karen’s latest roundup of local blog posts.
And here are some non-local headlines that I wanted to share:
- David Carr passed away at the age of 58 this week. The New York Times columnist was one of the most well-known journalists covering recent developments in the world of publishing, television, and social media.
- Jon Stewart announced this week that he’ll step away from The Daily Show later this year, leaving another big hole in the Comedy Central lineup. Apparently his decision caused Viacom stock to lose $350 million in value.
- Brian Williams was suspended without pay for six months after he admitted he exaggerated a story about his helicopter coming under fire in 2003 in Iraq.
- I can’t believe that Fifty Shades of Grey earned $94.4 million in its opening weekend. I did not expect that at all given the terrible reviews.
- FIFA and Bell Media have extended their television deal through 2026, which means that CTV, TSN, and RDS will be the exclusive broadcasters of the next three World Cup tournaments.
- Draft rules governing drone journalism are now being considered. They’re more permissive than some had expected, but if the rules are approved, there will be some restrictions on what can be done (no flying drones over a protest, for instance).
- Can you believe YouTube is just 10 years old? How YouTube Changed Journalism.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!