Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The latest radio ratings are out. Now! 102.3 FM is once again on top, followed by 103.9 CISN Country and then 630 CHED. There’s some commentary at PSR and some additional breakdown and commentary from Bray & Partners Communications.
- The web show “To the Point” moderated by Councillor Mike Nickel has been on hiatus and won’t be coming back after someone posted a rape joke on the show’s Twitter account.
- From The Tyee: Fort Mac Fire Sparked Little Media Talk of Global Warming. “Mount Royal University journalism professor Sean Holman was so bothered by the scant climate coverage in the Fort Mac fire story that he stood up at a national journalism conference in Edmonton to ask reporters why.”
- Episode 43 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Matt Mercer-Slingsby, one of the hosts of Drink This Podcast. The episode is sponsored by Taproot and includes a conversation between Karen and I about our project!
- Sahar Saifee wrote about the Journalist Interrupted panel that took place last month at MacEwan. There’s video too!
- Congratulations to Edmonton Journal reporter Nick Lees who was inducted into the Edmonton Hall of Fame for Community Service.
- Congratulations to the Edmonton Journal on picking up five awards and one honorable mention in the 28th annual Society for Features Journalism awards.
- Did you enjoy that small taste of Calgary in your Edmonton Journal on Saturday? Just kidding, every city gets the same thing no matter what the subheading says.
- Eighteen Bridges is looking for a part-time managing editor. The deadline to apply is Wednesday.
- The Local Good is looking for a social media coordinator.
- The Yards is launching its Summer 2016 issue on Thursday, June 16 at the Creative Practices Institute in Oliver. Admission is $5.00.
- The new X-Men movie Apocalypse features drone footage created by St. Albert-based Smart Drones. Nice!
- A proposed change to the Centre for Writers at the University of Alberta has been halted for now. “The university originally planned to change the C4W from an academic unit in the Faculty of Arts to a student service in the office of the Dean of Students by July 1,” wrote Jamie Sarkonak in The Gateway. “According to those in the C4W, removing its academic direction could substantially impact writing education at the University of Alberta, as the centre’s academic tutoring would no longer be guided by a professor specialized in writing centre theory.”
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- CBCNews.ca was named Digital Publication of the Year in the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards.
- Shaw is planning to raise its residential TV, internet, and phone plans this summer. “Customers can expect to see a rate adjustment of approximately $0-5 for television, approximately $2-3 for Internet and $1 for phone services depending on the services they subscribe to.” The new rates will take effect August 1.
- Neimen Lab takes a look at Mary Meeker’s annual state of the internet slide deck and says the scariest chart for newspapers has gotten even scarier.
- Microsoft announced today it has agreed to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. In an email to employees, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that together the two companies can “reinvent ways to make professionals more productive while at the same time reinventing selling, marketing and talent management business processes.” We’ll have to see how this affects LinkedIn’s Pulse.
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. I like punctuation, but apparently many young people interpret that negatively!