Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Larry Langley, a longtime CBC broadcaster and three-term city councillor, has died at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer. Here’s his obituary and here’s the story at CBC.
- There are plenty of challenges but also opportunities ahead for local media. Karen had the opportunity to explore this in depth in a new interview at Communicate Influence.
- The next Edmonton Broadcasters Club luncheon coming up in April will feature 630 CHED’s Bob Layton.
- Elise Stolte is thinking big picture to start the new year and is looking for your input. “I want to use at least some of the time I have between meetings and breaking news to cover the most important topics.”
- Sounds like it wasn’t much of a game: the Oilers alumni defeated the local media 8-1 to kick off Edmonton Minor Hockey Week. TSN’s Matt Kassian had the lone goal for the media side.
- From Vickie at Adventures in Fashion, here are 5 blogging goals to adopt now. Depending on what your objectives are, there’s some good stuff there!
- Today is considered “Blue Monday”: the most depressing day of the year. To beat the winter & post-holiday blues, CBC Edmonton hosted a pool party at the Terwillegar Rec Centre.
- The next CPRS Edmonton event is coming up on Friday and features Lloyd Lewis, formerly of CTV Edmonton, who will be talking about Todayville.
- A celebration of life for Kelly Boyd will take place in Edmonton on January 28. He was the station manager at CJOK Fort McMurray and passed away late last year.
- Here are the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton.
- Thursday will mark exactly one year since Postmedia merged the Journal & Sun newsrooms and laid off 35 people.
Sylvan Lake gets improved health care, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- The New York Times has begun to enable HTTPS on NYTimes.com, “an effort that helps protect the privacy of our readers and ensures the authenticity of our content.” This is important and great to see.
- Calum Marsh in the National Post: Thanks to the internet, what does ‘watching TV’ even mean in 2017?
- Also on the topic of modern television: How Netflix Is Deepening Our Cultural Echo Chambers. I like the idea that thanks to the Internet, “we’re returning to the cultural era that predated radio and TV.”
- Another week, more fretting about Trump and the media. Margaret Sullivan says that covering Trump will be “hellish”. Jack Shafer argues that this could be a good thing though because journalists will be forced to go beyond the traditional Washington back-scratching that so often takes place.
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!