Media Monday Edmonton: Update #201

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • After dozens of events, Social Media Breakfast Edmonton (SMBYEG) is shutting down due to changing personal circumstances for the organizers and a very different online world than when the meetup started five years ago. “It is possible that we may re-boot SMBYEG in a different format or transition it to new volunteers in the future, but for now this is the end.” A sign-off event will take place tomorrow at 5:30pm at Denizen Hall.
  • Here’s the Edmonton Journal obituary for Patrick Cardinal. “Cardinal survived far longer than doctors expected and did his best to make that time count.”
  • According to CBC Edmonton, the media was been banned from an Edmonton police disciplinary hearing. “A lawyer representing CBC and the Edmonton Journal will ask for a reconsideration of the decision to ban the public from the hearing.” They won that fight and the hearing was subsequently held in public!
  • It turns out that Heather Boyd, the former Western Canadian bureau chief for Canadian Press who wrote a review for the Province on media access, now works for the Public Affairs Bureau. “Boyd started as director of media planning for the government on April 25,” CBC Edmonton reports. “Notley said Boyd was not a political hire, as her job is within the civil service. She said she was told that Boyd won an open competition among 100 applicants.”
  • As mentioned previously, Global Edmonton’s Gord Steinke honored with the 2016 RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award. Here’s a tribute from Global Edmonton.
  • Trish Audette-Longo has more details on the Journalist Interrupted panel coming up later in the month. I’m really looking forward to it!
  • Episode 38 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Trent Wilkie, blogger of The Undad.
  • Here’s a preview of the May edition of Avenue Edmonton magazine on Global. The issue is out now of course, and features an article on sports broadcaster Jay Onrait as well as a look at Jana Pruden’s home.
  • NAIT recently held a Radio/TV Advisory. Let them know if you have feedback!
  • You have until May 13 to apply to Tanner Young Publishing’s part-time opportunity with WHERE Edmonton.
  • Marty Forbes reports that 630 CHED Santas Anonymous will soon be moving into the new Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit!
  • From Raising Edmonton, here are five local blogs to follow. Solid list!
  • David Ward, also known as Kiviaq, has died of cancer at the age of 80. A former lawyer, boxing champion, and city councillor, he was also the host of an open-line radio show on CJCA and a member of the Edmonton Broadcasters Club.
  • I came across Third Verb recently which is a series of “intensive writing workshops…for those new to writing and for those well versed in the craft.” It is run by Jessica Kluthe and Jennifer Lavallee.
  • From Seen and Heard in Edmonton, here are the latest podcast and blog roundups.
  • As previously mentioned, Culinaire Magazine is coming to Edmonton with the first issue becoming available on May 5. A new letter from the editor says that “we have increased our print run by a third to 20,000 copies ten times a year.” Mike Chalut is the only Edmontonian featured in an article on media personalities’ favorite eats.
  • Just a quick note for those who might have missed it: there will not be a Yeggies this year. “We’re planning to take a break this year, spend the spring and summer planning a fantastic event for 2017, and come back to you better than ever.”

don iveson at the state of the city 2016
Mayor Don Iveson took questions from #yegmedia, photo by Edmonton Chamber

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

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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