Hope you had a wonderful long weekend! Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- A number of local radio stations picked up nominations for the 2017 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards. Congrats! The winners will be announced on April 20 in Toronto.
- Bob Layton’s new book Welcome to Radio! My life in broadcasting, so far is now available. You can e-transfer him money and he’ll send you a copy of the book.
- Great to see some local attention on OilersNation from CTV Edmonton and [The Journal](http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/edmonton-oilers/oilers-generations-of-fans-feature.
- We’re working on something new at Taproot Edmonton called Offshoots, which you can learn more about here.
- Grant Ainsley: Why the Daryl Katz Story Made the Edmonton Media Uncomfortable
- I’m not really sure what happened here but it’s not the only newspaper box I’ve seen out of sorts on Jasper Avenue recently.
- The next CPRS Edmonton event is coming up on Friday and features a discussion about communications during a crisis such as last year’s Fort McMurray wildfire.
- Episode 64 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Elliott Tanti and Michael Vecchio, “two friends who started sparring about politics for fun and decided to turn their frequent debates into the Highlevel Showdown podcast.”
- Congratulations to Sarah O’Donnell on 16 years at the Edmonton Journal!
- CBC Edmonton has openings for a Senior Reporter and a Senior Producer.
- Meant to link to this one earlier: Edmonton-based SAM wrote about social newsgathering back in February, calling it “the next opportunity for hyper-local news.”
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- What happens when Postmedia finally dies? Paul Adams writes, “it is time to recognize that the federal government will be dragged into this next media crisis – whether it likes it or not.”
- Margaret Sullivan notes that accountability journalism done by local newspapers is quickly disappearing and says efforts to find solutions “need to ramp up, with an even greater sense of urgency.”
- Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory has shared his memo to staff about the newspaper’s reorganization. “Really, the point is that we need to constantly change, because the industry, and the habits and desires of our readers, are constantly changing,” he wrote. “There’s no hubris here, just a desire to achieve great journalism and the financial stability that will support it.”
- This NYTimes story on London after “Brexit” is not only a great story, it’s beautifully presented.
- The CRTC has directed all wireless service providers to implement a wireless public alerting system on their LTE networks by April 2018. “Once alerts are distributed to mobile devices, Canadians will hear the same alert tone as they currently do while listening to the radio or watching television. Alerts on mobile devices will also trigger a unique vibration cadence when an alert is issued, and will contain a bilingual banner.”
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!
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