Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Trent Wilkie wrote about the end of The Unknown Studio by interviewing Adam & Scott. Check it out to find out who their favorite guests were, most embarrassing moments, and more. And in case you missed it, here is the final episode of the podcast.
- I don’t know how she did it, but Elizabeth Withey wore the same black dress (called “Laverne”) throughout 2015. And she blogged about the experience, of course. “Laverne is now on sabbatical in the closet, nestled among the other wintry frocks.” I love that it seems to have helped open her up to other challenges!
- Danielle Paradis is the new Metro Edmonton columnist, replacing Omar Mouallem. Here is her first column.
- After 35 years behind the microphone, Mark Lewis announced he will retire as the Edmonton Oilers PA announcer at the end of the season.
- Andrea Ross is moving on from Metro Edmonton to join CBC Edmonton this month. Congrats!
- The Journal announced changes to its subscription rates recently. Effective February 1, 2016, rates are going up by $2 per month for 5 and 6-day home delivery, and $1 per month for 2-day home delivery. “While we haven’t had a subscription price adjustment in over 18 months, we, like many newspapers worldwide, are forced to keep pace with the increasing costs of producing and delivering a newspaper in the current economic environment,” the notice in the paper read. No where in the notice is the word “increase” used, only “adjustment” and “change”.
- Seen & Heard in Edmonton has announced a new schedule: podcast on Mondays, blog roundup on Tuesdays, podcast roundup on Wednesdays, and newsletter on Thursdays. You can now also like Seen & Heard on Facebook! And save the date for the next Podcasting Meetup, taking place on January 24.
- Episode 23 of the Seen & Heard in Edmonton podcast features myself, Adam Rozenhart, and Scott Francis Winder talking about the technology of podcasting. Thanks for including me Karen!
- The latest Life & Times features Tom Elsworthy, the former Edmonton Sun journalist who died on October 30, 2015.
- Here’s another feature on the reality TV show being filmed at the Edmonton International Airport. Apparently it’s similar to a National Geographic Channel show called Ultimate Airport Dubai.
- The Calgary Herald profiled Hugh Dempsey, who wrote for the Edmonton Bulletin early in his career and continues as editor for the Alberta Historical Review.
Thanks to Brittney for this photo of the last podcasting meetup
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- The rumor that Postmedia is going to close the Sun papers or merge them with the other dailies just won’t go away. I’ve already written about why I don’t think this is likely, but I do like the idea of the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun merging to become the Ottawa Citi-Sun.
- Here are 15 memorable stories in Alberta film and TV from 2015.
- In her latest social media notes, Linda links to the news that Politwoops is being revived.
- It sounds like 2015 was a mixed bag for traffic growth for digital publishers. “The sunny days of hot growth for digital publishers are fading into a memory as many now face a long, dark winter.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!