Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards were handed out at a gala event on March 3. The University of Alberta Alumni’s New Trail was named Magazine of the Year. Editor of the Year went to Curtis Gillespie of Eighteen Bridges. Avenue Edmonton picked up six awards while Alberta Venture picked up three. Omar Mouallem did quite well, winning for his own writing and as part of The Yards. Congrats to all!
- Here’s a “behind the news” feature from Global Edmonton with Gord Steinke, Carole Anne Devaney, and Jesse Beyer. It’s an extended version of the advertising feature included in the March 2016 edition of Avenue Edmonton.
- I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to help some Grade 5/6 students from Coronation School become journalists for a week at Edmonton Journal school. I spoke to them about what I do and answered their excellent questions about entrepreneurship. I wasn’t surprised to hear how much they know about Minecraft (the game itself as well as the business and everything around it) but I was pleasantly surprised to hear how interested they were in programming and how much they knew already. Very exciting!
- Episode 32 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Steven Schapansky of Radio Free Skaro, “one of the most successful podcasts to be produced in Edmonton.”
- The Edmonton Broadcasters Club Spring Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at the Moose Factory on Calgary Trail. The event will serve as a 60th anniversary and reunion for CFCW.
- Karen reports that thirteen local podcasters have signaled their interest in joining the Seen and Heard Podcast Network. If you’re a local podcaster (or potential sponsor) you should check it out.
- In his latest column, Marty Forbes tackles the increasingly complex number of options we are now faced with for watching TV.
- Here is a trailer for Todd Babiak‘s new novel Son of France, which goes on sale tomorrow. Also check out how a murder changed the way novelist Todd Babiak writes about violence.
- The Globe and Mail is currently looking for a Reporter here in Edmonton. “The Globe and Mail is seeking a dynamic reporter to expand our journalistic reach in Alberta, a province that has been transformed in recent years by the West’s evolving political and economic clout.”
- CKUA is looking for a Manager of Marketing and Communications. The deadline to apply is March 15.
- Metro Edmonton is looking for a Reporter/Photographer. They’re also looking for a Junior Account Manager and an Advertising Sales Account Manager.
- Nominations are now open for the Canadian Music Week Alan Waters Young Broadcast Award. The deadline to nominate someone under the age of 30 is March 21.
- On March 24, IABC Edmonton is hosting a lunchtime session on how to successfully pitch to media in Edmonton’s changing landscape, featuring Karen Unland.
City Glow, photo by Dave Sutherland
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. She is running a Snapchat for Beginners workshop at iMEDIA on the weekend!
- From Columbia Journalism Review: Facebook is eating the world. The world of media, at least.
- I’m really intrigued by what devices like Amazon’s new Echo Dot can do for media. Already you can get an overview of the latest headlines. I’d love to buy one to test it out, but currently you can only order it through Alexa!
- Here’s a promo video from Edmonton’s own Beverly Theresa for Social Media Camp, coming up in May in Victoria. You can learn more and register here.
- From the National Post: Why TV production is exploding across Canada.
- Shaw officially closed its $1.6 billion acquisition of Wind Mobile this week.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!