Media Monday Edmonton: Update #198

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Edmonton Podcasting Meetup
Justin Jackson & Karen Unland at the Edmonton Podcasting Meetup

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • In her latest social media notes, Linda points to this article about the Snap Pack. “Even as they grasp that their postings can draw scorn, the Snap Pack seems unable to relinquish the habit of social media, and the illusion of image control it affords.”
  • Postmedia has “struck a special board committee to oversee a review of its struggling business.” The news comes just after the company posted a Q2 loss of $225 million. “Faced with a continuing free-fall in print ad returns and an inability, so far, to offset those losses with digital revenue, Postmedia is pushing ahead with deep cost-cutting.”
  • Jim Rutenberg argues in the New York Times that the Panama Papers signal a shift in mainstream journalism: “The official WikiLeaks-ization of mainstream journalism; the next step in the tentative merger between the Fourth Estate, with its relatively restrained conventional journalists, and the Fifth Estate, with the push-the-limits ethos of its blogger, hacker and journo-activist cohort, in the era of gargantuan data breaches.”
  • A coalition of US newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post are concerned about Brave, “a web browser launched this year by Brendan Eich, the co-founder and former chief executive of Mozilla.” The browser blocks ads and apparently a future update will “introduce a feature that will replace the ads it strips out with others from its own advertising network.”
  • Forget apps, bots are the future. NBC-owned Breaking News is now available as a personalized Slack bot.

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!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

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