Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Congratulations to all the winners in the ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction! Cam Tait reports that $151,944.86 was raised. Looks like the top media dinner was $3,300 to hang out with 100.3 The Bear’s Paul Brown and Motley Crue, followed by $2,700 to join 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen on a “magical mountain getaway”. Fun stuff!
- Both 630 CHED’s Santas Anonymous and the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year, and they’ve setup a new website to say thank you.
- Ever wonder where CBC’s Edmonton AM gets its story ideas? Here’s show director Tim Adams on that very topic.
- The November issue of Avenue Edmonton features the Global Edmonton Weather Team. Here’s the extended interview with Kevin O’Connell, Mike Sobel, Margeaux Morin, and Chief Meteorologist Jesse Beyer.
- Global Edmonton is running a series of commercials this fall “celebrating life in Our City” which was inspired by “a viewer perspective of how Global News fits in to your day”. The spots feature the song “Home to You” by The Mowgli’s.
- The Journal has made a video featuring Otiena Ellwand talking about “the demands of being a breaking news reporter.” The focus is really on crime, though. The video seems to be in support of the newly upgraded EJ smartphone app which features the local news stream called EJ Now.
- The fifth and final season of locally produced Blackstone kicks off tomorrow night on APTN West. Executive Producer Ron E. Scott is looking ahead with optimism to new opportunities.
- Check out Crash & Mars on Q99 Radio in Grand Prairie – pre-Now! 102.3 FM obviously!
- Here is the latest Edmonton blog roundup from Seen and Heard in Edmonton. Karen points to another blogging tips entry from Vickie, this time on developing an editorial calendar.
- Speaking of reflections on blogging, Beverley writes about the struggle she has with old content. I definitely find myself cringing at some old posts, which is why I tend to avoid delving into the archives!
- Here is the latest Edmonton podcast roundup. And just today I noticed that OilersNation has launched a podcast called North By NorthGretz. Awesome!
- Edmonton-based Starlight Music Chronicles has launched the first issue of its new digital magazine.
- Here’s an update from local YouTuber Adelle on how much she makes on YouTube.
- Edmonton-born photographer Paul Swanson is one of 35 Canadian winners of the annual Flash Forward awards for emerging photographers. Congrats!
- Metro News is looking for a part-time magazine merchandiser for Edmonton.
- CBC Edmonton has a couple of job postings up: Associate Producer for its evening television program and Web Writer.
- Lots of Global Edmonton news this week! Move for Movember Mondays started today and features John Sexsmith, Quinn Ohler, and Margeaux Morin raising money in support of men’s health.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Linda is back! Here is her latest Social Media Notes.
- The Alberta Home Education Association has cancelled speeches by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar saying they “would not be in the best interests of home educators.”
- Everyone’s still talking about the importance of mobile, and for good reason: “Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011…according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Center.”
- ESPN has shutdown Grantland, its boutique sports & pop culture site, and that has led to a lot of analysis about why. I like this take from Chris Cillizza on why the shutdown matters: “Because Grantland represented an ambitious leap into the future of journalism on at least two fronts.” It’s a good read for anyone interested in “future of media” ideas.
- While I definitely appreciate the greater attention given to code-driven content on sites like the New York Times, I still enjoy the long form article. I think they can co-exist and even complement one another.
- Here’s an interesting piece on how closed networks like WhatsApp can make verification of eyewitness content a challenge.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!