Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Jeff Samsonow announced just before Christmas that he is no longer with Capital Ideas, another one of the victims of Postmedia’s latest round of cuts. He promises to share his plans and thoughts on local media soon.
- Friday, December 23 was also Mark Suits’ last day at Postmedia. He started working on the Journal’s website in 1999. “I have no immediate plans except to take a bit of time off to explore my options and do some beer bloggery,” he wrote.
- Liz Nicholls has launched her new website 12thnight.ca with a look back at Edmonton theatre in 2016.
- Karen Unland, my Taproot co-founder, is going to be the featured guest at McLuhan House on Wednesday, January 4. Join her to talk about the future of journalism!
- I had fun trying to remember the big social media moments of the year for this piece by Clare Clancy. What stood out for you?
- If you’re interested in learning more about how they do it in radio, check out CJSR’s training workshops this month!
- The cover of the January issue of The Tomato features Gail Hall in her element at the City Market on 104 Street.
- Looks like the “thank you” party for Sandra Sperounes was a big success last month!
- Edmonton-born actor Brendan Meyer landed a role in the new Netflix series The OA. He now lives in California but was back in town for Christmas.
- CBC Edmonton’s turkey drive raised $655,878 for the food bank last month! This was the 21st edition and the goal was $500,000.
- Here’s a great holiday story about CISN Country’s final Christmas Wish.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- There are some real gems in Poynter’s annual collection of media corrections for 2016.
- The Toronto Star has shared “a smidgen of the reader concerns the public editor’s office fielded in 2016” and invited readers to play editor.
- Adrian Lee, digital editor for Maclean’s, asked Canadian journalists to submit the story they wrote in 2016 that they loved most. There are dozens of responses there, so happy reading!
- Here’s a Globe and Mail editorial to close out 2016: In praise of, dare we say it, the media. The Trump effect is helping newspaper subscriptions everywhere but Chicago, it seems. In that city it’s the Cubs effect that matters!
- You know how you often hear that the media business needs some fresh thinking? Well how about this! A teenager in Brinkley, Arkansas has bought the assets of the Central Delta Argus-Sun weekly newspaper and is re-launching it as the Monroe County Herald.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!