Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- After 10 years of providing a place for local discussions about our city, Connect2Edmonton is shutting down. The site launched on March 30, 2006 and was described as “the world’s first true online community exclusively dedicated to the global promotion of a geographic region.” It was originally supported by EEDC, Edmonton Airports, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Edmonton and later became a non-profit with an independent board of directors and group of volunteers.
- Mel Priestley has resigned from Vue Weekly after six years at the paper. “It’s my sincere hope that something rises up soon to fill in the steadily increasing gaps in local community coverage and alternative news voices – and I’m going to work hard to contribute to that,” she wrote.
- Karen and I recorded a brief interview talking about Taproot Edmonton. Give it a listen to hear more about what we’re up to!
- The CRTC has announced it will hold a hearing in Edmonton on September 27 to consider 12 applications for new radio stations.
- Vue Weekly interviewed Gwynne Dyer on the state of news media.
- Kari Skelton and Ryan Jespersen were featured along with their son Wyatt in a recent article on what to do when your baby won’t sleep. “Now at 11 months, he goes to bed after a bath and story, and sleeps for 12 hours.” Nice!
- In last week’s column, Marty Forbes covers some recent media moves and notes that Terry Jones is releasing a new book this week called Epic Legacies of the Edmonton Eskimos.
- Here is some additional commentary on the latest radio ratings from Pat Holiday.
- ICYMI: Here’s the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton!
- The new season of Amazing Race Canada starts on June 28 on CTV and it features two teams from Edmonton.
- CKUA’s Party in the Park took place on Friday and looked like a lot of fun. They had a ukelele choir!
Photo courtesy of CKUA
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- In her latest social media notes, Linda links to a new study that suggests 59% of links shared on social media have never been clicked on.
- The CRTC has issued its new regulatory framework for local and community programming, following a process that began in September 2015. “English-language stations will be required to broadcast at least seven hours of locally relevant programming (especially news) per week in non-metropolitan markets, and 14 hours per week in metropolitan markets (namely Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary).”
- This is mildly amusing: a graphic encouraging a boycott of “anti-conservative mainstream media” has been making the rounds. Ryan Jespersen made the list by name!
- From CJR: Why the news isn’t what it used to be.
- Here’s an update on the future of Gawker Media from founder Nick Denton. “Gawker will be just fine, both in business and in spirit.”
- The 13th annual Pew Research State of the News Media Report estimates that in 2015 the newspaper industry lost 7% of daily circulation and 8% of ad revenues.
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!