I guess 250 is a bit of a milestone! If you’re new to Media Monday Edmonton, here’s my first entry from February 7, 2011. Thanks to everyone who has sent in tips and suggestions over the years, and thanks for reading!
Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Congratulations to Ken Regan, retired CEO of CKUA, on winning the Syncrude Award for Excellence in Arts Management at tonight’s 30th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. Congrats also to Jenna Marynowski, author of the After the House Lights blog, on winning the John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts!
- Corus Entertainment and Shaw Communications announced on Wednesday that Shaw TV stations in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver will be shut down effective Tuesday, August 15, 2017 affecting approximately 70 positions. Starting September 1, 2017, “Global News will receive approximately $10 million annually” in funds redirected from those stations. Apparently viewership at the three Shaw stations declined by an average of 75% over the last six years.
- Congratulations to CBC Edmonton, CTV Edmonton, and Global Edmonton on your RTDNA Prairie Region Award wins! Here is Janice Johnston with CBC’s haul.
- Archive magazine has launched an ATB BoostR campaign to “stock Archive in more towns and cities across Alberta”. So far they’ve raised 34% of their $7,500 goal.
- Here’s an interview with Matthew Stepanic, editor at Glass Buffalo.
- In his latest column at the Sun, Marty Forbes wrote about 630 CHED’s Bob Layton and his new book.
- CKUA listener Bert Knowler captured the moment the station “came back from the brink after 5 weeks off the air.”
- Eighteen Bridges is celebrating the launch of its 10th issue at a part on Thursday, May 11 at Yellowhead Brewery.
- Here’s a recap of the last CPRS event which focused on the Fort McMurray fires and crisis communications.
- Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 AMPIA Rosies!
- The Bonnyville Nouvelle is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.
- CANADALAND’s Jesse Brown has written a book and will be at Festival Place in Sherwood Park to launch it on May 15. “The Canadaland Book Launch show will consist of a series of comical stories accompanied by slides, short films and highlights of Canadian film and tv.”
- Wednesday, June 21 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada and APTN will be broadcasting live from Victoria Park. The concert from 8-10pm that day will be webcast too.
Photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Facebook has promoted Alex Hardiman, formerly of the New York Times, to its new head of news products role.
- I am convinced that Ryan Seacrest must have a couple of clones – he just added co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan to his already impressive resume!
- When you think of Twitter, does video come to mind? No? Well, Twitter is banking on video with a series of new announcements.
- According to NiemanLab, Longreads has raised about $250,000 from “thousands of members” since it added memberships in 2012. Now the site is planning to spend more on original content.
- Instant Recall: “Facebook’s Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing.” Worth a read.
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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