Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen has been named one of the most influential people in Alberta for 2016 by Alberta Venture. “By asking questions many others avoid (or don’t know to ask), and undeterred by his subjects’ fame or fortune, Jespersen has carved an important part of the media landscape out for himself,” the magazine wrote. Congrats Ryan!
- Capital Ideas Edmonton launched four years ago and this week released their Anniversary Report. They’ve had 4,090 attendees and 138 panelists in that time and today count more than 3,200 members. Congrats!
- Here are the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton.
- Check out the full list of podcasts who have expressed interest in joining the Seen and Heard Podcast Network. If you want to be a sponsor, you can learn more here.
- The St. Albert Gazette is looking for a general assignment reporter. The deadline to apply is July 15.
- CTV Edmonton is looking for a writer/producer. The deadline to apply is July 8.
- Couple of other application deadlines coming up this week: Wednesday for Postmedia’s digital producer position and Friday for the Edmonton Examiner’s multimedia journalist summer internship.
- Nikita-Kiran Singh, outgoing editor of The Wanderer, has passed the torch on to Collins Maina, “an empathetic and reflective leader whose creativity, insight, and versatility will surely lead The Wanderer in a direction of dynamic growth.”
- After the House Lights has issued a call for media releases for the 2016 Fringe Festival. Jenna will preview every show that sends a media release, as she has done for the last two years.
- With a potential Canada Post strike looming, Postmedia has issued a statement on the possible disruption. If Canada Post currently delivers your paper, you might be stuck with the ePaper version for a while. “We will make every effort to hold copies in the meantime and mail them out after the labour dispute ends.”
- We have created a profile for Taproot Edmonton on Make Something Edmonton! It’s a natural fit: We’re makers, and we’re eager to work with our members to create a way to commission then promote curiosity-driven stories rooted in the place where we live. Speaking of our members, we’ve been busy prototyping the Story Garden with them, and we’d love for you to join us.
Photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- BBC has announced plans for a news bureau in Toronto and the launch of a Canadian edition of BBC.com. The localized version will launch later this year. The announcement was made just days after BuzzFeed announced plans to scale back in Canada. There’s more on the news in this Financial Post article.
- Yesterday was the 20 year anniversary of the launch of CBCNews.ca. The site is currently being redesigned to be more responsive for mobile devices.
- Corus Entertainment has a new visual identity designed by Troika. The rebrand replaces the playful former logo with a much plainer new wordmark.
- In other Corus news, the investigative news program 16×9 has been cancelled, apparently in a bid to cut costs. Host Carolyn Jarvis (who local viewers will remember from Global Edmonton about ten years ago) “will remain at the network as its chief investigative correspondent.”
- There are changes taking place at News Talk 770 down in Calgary. Roger Kingkade has been let go while Danielle Smith is taking over the 9:30am-12:30pm timeslot starting tomorrow.
- Facebook made changes to its newsfeed this week, as noted by Linda. Here’s what Jay Rosen had to say: “Now that they’re publicly committed to certain values the next thing Facebook needs is a public editor to synthesize complaints and get answers when the company falls short.”
- Looking to see what’s new on Netflix in Canada this month? Jay has you covered.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!