Media Monday Edmonton: Update #215

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Edmonton Folk Festival 2016
Edmonton Folk Festival 2016, photo by Bo Lu

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while: John Oliver on Journalism. In that segment he said, “the media is a food chain which would fall apart without local newspapers,” and covered a range of familiar themes.
  • Contrast that with the fascinating changes taking place at the New York Times. In short, they’re going to do less local reporting in order to better go after their “lofty international ambitions.” Public Editor Liz Spayd wrote, “You can’t have your reporters parked in courthouses and police stations all day — or chasing fires — and still deliver memorable, ambitious stories that take time to produce.” I realize that New York and the Times are a bit different than everywhere else, but still.
  • In the Washington Post, Margaret Sullivan defended John Oliver’s 19-minute riff, saying “the whole Oliver piece was a pitch-perfect ode to how important newspapers are to their communities, and how troubling it is that they are fading.” The Newspaper Association of America was less than thrilled and accused Oliver of “petty insults.”
  • Tweeting about the Olympics? Be careful! Here are the many, many ways your business can get in trouble for doing so.
  • Should the government bail out the news business? That’s the topic of the latest Canadaland podcast.
  • Joshua Topolsky’s new site The Outline has been called “a New Yorker for millennials.” Good luck figuring out what that means, but their target reader “lives in urban areas”, is “really tech-savvy”, and “eats farm-to-table food,” among other things.

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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