Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Marty Forbes notes that Bell Media raised $200,000 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital last week with another successful Stollery Radiothon! He also shared the news that NewCap GM Neil Cunningham has retired.
- See you at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre on Wednesday evening for the Entrepreneur Speakeasy with Jeff and Karen!
- Global Edmonton celebrated on June 19 a decade since the Global 1 news helicopter made its inaugural flight.
- I was sad to miss The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories at the University of Alberta earlier this month but I am glad to hear it was so successful!
- The Examiner asked Alberta’s political parties about their social media practices and found they try to “toe the line between legitimate, if heated, political discourse and trolling, hateful speech and ad hominem attacks” noting that “there always seemed to be a bit of a grey area in this field.”
- A GoFundMe campaign has been created to “assist the family with funeral and memorial expenses for our beloved friend Ruth Kelly” with a goal of raising $10,000. Nearly $8,000 has been raised in the last five days.
- Joel Gotlib is back on-the-air at CTV Edmonton “after a brief time away.” Welcome back!
- Here is the latest podcast roundup from Seen and Heard in Edmonton.
- Want to know more about the new Alberta Podcast Network? Join their mailing list to be in the know.
- The Edmonton Screen Industries Office Society is “up and running” and is working to “help lead Edmonton in becoming a national and international centre for media production excellence,” Chair Carman McNary said in a news release.
- A new film called The Black is filming near Barrhead with some local cast and crew.
- The Wild TV Network, “Canada’s #1 Outdoor Lifestyle channel”, is looking for an Executive Assistant to the CEO. They’re based in Edmonton, but the job posting says the location is Vancouver, so you might want to check on that if you’re interested.
Solar panel rebate program launch, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Peter Mansbridge started his career at CBC in 1968 as a radio host and will sign off from his final broadcast as host of The National on Canada Day. “When Mansbridge signs off from his final broadcast on Canada Day, it will mark not just the end of his role as chief correspondent for CBC News, but also the capstone of an era of TV news.” He is the longest-serving current anchor of a network newscast in North America at 29 years.
- Professors Mary Lynn Young and Alfred Hermida of the University of British Columbia are the co-founders of The Conversation Canada, a new site that aims to “contribute to the quality of explanatory journalism in this country.” I see that the University of Alberta is one of the site’s founding partners.
- Canadaland has tackled The Great Newspaper Bailout in its latest episode.
- Postmedia is selling Infomart to Meltwater News Canada Inc. for $38.25 million. Meltwater said its clients “will enjoy access to an unparalleled level of local Canadian media intelligence” as a result of the deal.
- NPR has announced plans to roll out a regional hub system to make it easier for local stations to share expertise and resources with one another.
- The White House banned cameras at its press briefings a few times last week, so CNN sent their Supreme Court sketch artist to document Friday’s briefing.
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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