Media Monday Edmonton: Update #169

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Media Room at City Hall
Waiting for a news conference to start at City Hall

And here are some less-local media things worth sharing:

  • Another National Post uproar! A column written by Margaret Atwood criticizing Stephen Harper was posted, taken down, then reposted. Why? First the claim was a lack of fact checking, then it was because it didn’t align with the values of the Post and its readers. The issue was dubbed #hairgate on Twitter.
  • “That Conservative Leader Stephen Harper dislikes the media is well known,” writes Jeffrey Simpson in The Globe and Mail. He goes on to say that the party “beats up on the press to raise money” and is successful doing so.
  • Did you read the massive New York Times feature on the culture of Amazon’s workplace? Public Editor Margaret Sullivan examines whether the portrayal was on target or not.
  • The Columbia Journalism Review asks, is it ethical to write about hacked Ashley Madison users? “On Thursday morning, the hosts of an Australian radio show invited listeners to call in if they suspected their partners of cheating. The hosts would then search for the supposed cheaters’ names in the membership rolls of Ashley Madison, a dating Web site that appeals to married adults…” Yeah, it didn’t take long for that to go south (or do they say “go north”, being down under and all?).
  • Another interesting one from CJR: How local papers are looking ‘over the top’ as part of a new model for video. I’ve definitely thought about this in the context of the Edmonton Journal. They’ve been doing more and more audio and video, and it’s good stuff, if you’re willing to deal with the horrible website to launch. But what if they had their own digital streaming channel?
  • Reading long-form journalism is a part of my weekly routine now, but the idea of ‘slow journalism’ takes that to another level, with long pieces written over long periods of time. “Slow journalists measure reporting time in months or years, rather than days, and see the form as something more than just a reboot of long-form narrative nonfiction.”
  • This one is only tangentially about media, but I found it fascinating: The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t. “In the digital economy, it was supposed to be impossible to make money by making art. Instead, creative careers are thriving — but in complicated and unexpected ways.”

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.

2 thoughts on “Media Monday Edmonton: Update #169

  1. Thanks again for the mentions, Mack! I’ve actually got a new episode coming out on Thursday of this week, and next week I’ll be launching a new Expats brand. Very excited!

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