Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Jeff Samsonow has announced Edmonton Quotient, “a new Edmonton magazine that will focus on local news, issues and discussions about our city.” He shared a bit more on the project here. I look forward to seeing where it goes!
- In case you missed it, I shared an update on Taproot Edmonton last week!
- Paula Simons writes that Edmonton Police have “refused to release or confirm the names of the victim and the shooter” in a recent Riverbend homicide. She’s absolutely right that this sets a dangerous precedent. “As a community, we need to figure out what went wrong, how we might have prevented this tragedy, how we might prevent future ones,” she wrote. “When we don’t name names, we minimize the gravity of the offence.” The same could be said about pedestrian deaths.
- Congratulations to CTV Edmonton’s Daryl McIntyre, nominated for Best News Anchor Local in the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s 2017 awards.
- This year’s edition of the Corus Radiothon raised $1.29 million for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Over the last 17 years, the event has raised around $20 million.
- Sheila Gunn Reid, reporter for The Rebel, was allegedly assaulted at Saturday’s rally at the Legislature in support of the Women’s March on Washington. Edmonton Police are now investigating.
- Jonathan Glasgow is a new Morning Live Reporter at CTV Edmonton. He started last week.
- Michael Hingston has announced he is writing a book about Calvin & Hobbes for ECW Press. Awesome! As a huge Calvin & Hobbes fan, I’m really looking forward to it! Publication is slated for April 2018.
- There was a big Instagram meetup on Sunday at CBC in Edmonton City Centre. Sounds like it was a big success!
- January 25 is Bell Let’s Talk Day which aims to raise awareness about mental health. Cam Tait has shared his own experience and stressed how important it is to talk.
- The latest episode of the What It Is Podcast features local podcasters Andrea Beça, German Villegas, and Adam Rozenhart talking all about podcasting.
- Episode 58 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Nick McQuik, “the always hustling comic who co-hosts The Quik and Slow Comedy Show.”
- Nicola Crosbie is the new communications strategist for Alberta’s Ministry of Status of Women.
- Here’s another CBC Edmonton story on broadcaster Larry Langley who died on January 10.
- The Works International Visual Arts Society is looking for a Marketing and Communications Officer. The deadline to apply is February 3.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Donald Trump and press secretary Sean Spicer blatantly lied about the inauguration and women’s march turnouts, so the next day Kellyanne Conway said they were simply offering “alternative facts”. I just have no words for this.
- Though this is interesting: Trump’s White House is going to have “Skype Seats” to give journalists outside the D.C. area more access.
- Ghost, an open source platform for independent publishers, has launched a $45,000 journalism development program.
- A letter from Globe & Mail editor-in-chief David Walmsley: Journalism matters. “Journalism is driven by a commitment to curiosity, a fidelity to the facts and a determination to discover the unknown,” he wrote.
- The Guardian published a story recently about a potential backdoor in WhatsApp but it was controversial from the start. Now more than 70 security experts have signed an open letter asking them to retract the story.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!