Small-ish update this week with the holidays fast approaching. Merry Christmas everyone! Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- It’s the end of an era. After more than six years, there’s just one more episode of The Unknown Studio to go. Adam and Scott experimented right to the end, broadcasting the final episode, which features Brittney Le Blanc, live on Mixlr. Watch for it in your feeds soon. And if you’re looking for a new podcast to listen to, check out The Expats.
- ICYMI: Here’s a list of Edmonton’s top social media influencers. The local media did well both in terms of people and organizations. After the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Journal, CTV Edmonton, and Global Edmonton are the top organization account influencers.
- Speaking of influencers, Dave Cournoyer joined Ryan Jespersen on 630 CHED recently to talk about the past year in Alberta politics.
- Another radio station? Not sure I agree with the CRTC that Edmonton can sustain another station, even if it would be targeting ethnic communities. There are currently 19 stations in the region. There’s more on the news here.
- EIA is now the set of a reality TV show called Ultimate Airport, Edmonton. The Toront-based crew will be filming over the next three months to show the inner workings of the airport.
- Here’s an interview with Beverley Theresa, Top Draw’s Social Media Strategist.
- What do you think, did he pull it off successfully? Rob Christie in a Snuggie, that is.
- One week down in the new Dinner TV studios! What do you think of the new look?
- Congratulations to up! 99.3 FM on raising $427,411 during the radiothon in support of the Christmas Bureau.
- If you’re looking to do some good this week, there are still a few days left to support the Edmonton Sun’s Adopt-A-Teen campaign. They’re looking to provide gifts to more than 8,600 teens aged 13-17.
- As you know, I love the Shaw Fire Log. But I also love coffee. So yes, I am enjoying Transcend’s take on this!
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- In her latest social media notes, Linda links to 76 viral images from 2015 that were totally fake. But I thought everything on the Internet was true?!
- The Toronto Star is the latest newspaper to turn off comments on its website. As usual there’s a vague and specious promise to “engage with you in a more meaningful way” instead.
- Shaw Communications announced last week it is buying WIND Mobile for about $1.6 billion. This could get interesting!
- Here’s NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan on the Times’ coverage of the San Bernadino killers: “It involved a failure of sufficient skepticism at every level of the reporting and editing process — especially since the story in question relied on anonymous government sources, as too many Times articles do.”
- Mashable is apparently being shopped to potential buyers with a price tag as high as $350 million. That may prove to be a bit rich, but there’s no question the site has a lot of value.
- Sounds like things are going swimmingly for Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post. In October the newspaper (news website?) received more unique visitors than the Times for the first time ever, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
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!