Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
Today at City Hall the Christmas Bureau launched its 2015 campaign with the annual Gingerbread House Decorating Challenge for the media. This year I was honored to be a judge for the contest, along with Andrea Chan and a member of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (Bill, representing Chief Ken Block). It was not easy to pick the winners given all the creative houses that we saw! In the end, these were the winners:
- You can see more photos here. There’s still one award up for grabs and that’s the #YEGchoice award which you can vote on! You’ve only got until midnight to cast your Twitter ballot though.
- No print media participated in the Christmas Bureau’s gingerbread decorating competition today. I guess the Sun folks were busy moving into the Journal building, but I’m not sure what happened to everyone else! Here’s some interesting history that Dave Breakenridge found while packing up his office. Thanks for sharing!
- Carole Anne Devaney is back to work at Global Edmonton starting tomorrow! That means Nancy Carlson moves back to her regular News Hour Final shift.
- Also belated happy birthday to Nancy Carlson and also Shaye Ganam!
- Here’s an Edmonton Woman magazine feature on CTV Edmonton’s Stacey Brotzel. “If I can use my talents to make a difference, I do,” she says.
- CFCW’s afternoon drive host AJ Keller has posted a video listing the top 5 reasons why you should be listening to 840 CFCW.
- From Quinn Ohler on Remembrance Day: Remembering our Fallen.
- After more than eight years, GreenEdmonton.ca is shutting down. Thankfully founder Conrad Nobert says the site “will remain here as a resource for googlers and green info seekers.”
- Here is the latest Edmotnon blog roundup from Seen and Heard in Edmonton. Episode 18 of the podcast features Phil Wilson, aka Baconhound. Here’s the latest Edmonton podcast roundup.
- The next Edmonton Podcasting Meetup is taking place on November 22. This time there’s going to be a panel discussion, with Adam Rozenhart, Scott Francis Winder, and myself all participating.
- 91.7 The Bounce is looking for a Weekend/Swing Announcer on a 12 month maternity leave contract. The closing date is December 8.
- Public Interest Alberta is looking for a Communications Officer.
- Does anyone know anything about Channel One Radio? Hadn’t heard of them until I noticed them jamming the #yegmedia tag on Twitter. They profess to be “Edmonton’s blues, roots, and country radio station” and say they’re broadcasting from Old Strathcona (via Live365 evidently).
- Actually while I’m on the subject, it looks like #yegmedia has been hijacked by other accounts too. It’s really annoying. I guess that’s the mark of an established hashtag?
- It’s that time of year I guess, time for Christmas music on the radio! Looks like Fresh FM and Capital FM are now both “all Christmas”. They flipped the switch on November 13, a little over a week earlier than last year.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Here are Linda’s latest Social Media Notes. It should be no surprise that Twitter users clicked “like” 6% more in the first week than they did with “favorite” – Twitter wouldn’t make that kind of change without some data in hand.
- How much screen time is too much for kids? As with most everything, it depends. Media Smarts, which promotes digital and media literacy, says the age of the child makes a difference. In the article, Edmontonian Jennifer Rollins says her daughter used the iPad “probably too much.” But I like that she is now trying to be a digital role model for her kids. That’s the most important thing, I think.
- Facebook recently launched a new app called Notify, which can send you notifications from publishers you care about, like BuzzFeed or CNN. Here’s a good review by Om Malik.
- Facebook is appearently getting some pushback on its other big news initiative, Instant Articles.
- I’m no longer a user, but I remember Rdio with fondness (I switched to Groove Music for the Microsoft ecosystem). Now they are filing for bankruptcy protection and selling assets to Pandora. Surely we’ll see more of these streaming music services merge or disappear.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!