Media Monday Edmonton: Update #251

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Karen announced the Alberta Podcast Network at PodSummit over the weekend! I love these conference doodles about the news. “We have a lot of details to work out, but we now have some runway to create a self-sustaining network that gets some money into podcasters’ pockets, and helps businesses who want to reach their listeners in a powerful way,” she wrote at Seen and Heard in Edmonton. Go follow @albertapodnet on Twitter. This is very exciting news for Alberta’s independent content producers and is another part of “what comes next” for local media.
  • As one new initiative starts up, another comes to an end. Capital Ideas announced that it is shutting down after five years. “Capital Ideas, the entity, is going to step aside. But the entrepreneurial community in each city remains, stronger than ever, and we can’t wait to see what it does next.” There’s a farewell event taking place on Tuesday evening this week.
  • Congratulations to Paula Simons on being recognized by the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom for “exposing critical gaps in Alberta’s child welfare system.” She was also named runner-up in the Politics category for this year’s National Newspaper Awards!
  • Paula was featured on CANADALAND recently to discuss the story about Alberta’s child welfare system with guest host Omar Mouallem. “I was so deeply grateful for the chance to share Serenity’s story with a national audience – and to put her fate into the larger context of Alberta’s broken child welfare system,” she wrote on Facebook.
  • Congratulations to Candas Jane Dorsey, recipient of the 2017 Golden Pen Award presented “to acknowledge the lifetime achievements of outstanding Alberta writers.”
  • The Fort McMurray Today/Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun were named winners of the Breaking News category in this year’s National Newspaper Awards for their coverage of the Alberta wildfire and the evacuation of Fort McMurray. Metro Calgary and Metro Edmonton were named runners-up in the same category for the same story. Well deserved!
  • The next day though, the Edmonton Sun found itself in hot water over its use of a photo of the Fort McMurray wildfire that was taken by Terry Reith for CBC News.
  • Here’s a feature on Omar Mouallem in Langara College’s online news section. “After moving to Vancouver from Alberta to become a filmmaker, Omar discovered his love for storytelling led him down a different path as a freelance writer for some of Canada’s top magazines and the likes of Reader’s Digest,, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian.” I wrote about part of his journey back in 2011.
  • Episode 65 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Fawnda Mithrush, “who is managing director of NorthwestFest, Edmonton’s international festival of nonfiction film, art and music” and the brain behind the LunchPods series of live podcast shows.
  • Here are three generations of Edmonton Sun editors: Jose Rodriguez, Steve Serviss, and Dave Breakenridge.
  • Eighteen Bridges is launching its 10th issue at Yellowhead Brewery on Thursday this week. Tickets are $15 or $10 for current subscribers.
  • The Athabasca Advocate weekly newspaper is looking for a Reporter/Photographer. The deadline to apply is May 15.
  • Five-year-old Liam Hirsch is a social media star after his “hysterical facial expressions and spirited dancing” during Game 6 at Rogers Place last night landed him on the NHL’s official Twitter account.

Capital Ideas 61: Surprise me: Offbeat marketing ideas
Capital Ideas 61: Offbeat marketing ideas, photo by Capital Ideas Edmonton

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

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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You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

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