Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Tim Querengesser has been announced as the new editor of The Yards Magazine. “Tim takes over for founding Editor Omar Mouallem, and guest editor Tracy Hyatt.”
- The AGA is hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday evening on “fake news” with Dr. Jason M. Harley, Paula Simons, and Jana Pruden. Edmonton Journal editor-in-chief Mark Iype is moderating the event.
- Cam Tait has a nice tribute to Jay Hamilton who is battling Huntington’s disease. “The genetic brain disorder that, bluntly, causes brain cells to die forced Jay to flick the microphone off for the last time in 2013 while working weekends for 96.3 Capital FM.”
- Dan Barnes has joined Postmedia’s national sports team and will be responsible for amateur sports.
- Kim Smith is back in Edmonton and is now at Global Edmonton. She worked at CTV Edmonton a couple of years ago and was most recently down at Global Calgary.
- Gruff Gushnowski has joined the team at CISN Country 103.9 doing “vacation relief & casual shows over the summer.” He was previously at The One in Leduc.
- Here are the latest blog and podcast roundups from Seen and Heard in Edmonton. That’ll be the last podcast roundup for a bit as Karen is focusing now on building the Alberta Podcast Network.
- CJSR is hosting its annual volunteer appreciation party on Friday evening at SUB on the U of A campus. The event is “free for FACRA Members, and $10 for non-members (bring cash at the door).”
- Congrats to Glass Buffalo on five years since publishing its first issue!
- Voting is now open for Vue Weekly’s Best of Edmonton 2017. Vote for your favorite radio hosts, TV anchors, tweeters, bloggers, and more.
- Remember Spider-Mable? Back in 2015 the young superhero was trending on social media, and now U of A researcher Matty Flores is looking at why the story grew so quickly.
- Here’s the latest Taproot Edmonton newsletter. You can see all of our past issues here.
Canada Day 2017, photo by IQRemix
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- After 25 years at the station, Gord Gillies is moving from Global Calgary to News Talk 770 to host a new show launching on August 14. “A new co-anchor for Global News Hour at 6 will be announced in the coming weeks.” Imagine if Gord Steinke moved over to 630 CHED.
- Postmedia reported its 3rd quarter results last week. “Revenue for the quarter was $194.0 million as compared to $218.3 million in the prior year, a decrease of $24.3 million (11.1%).” The company will “continue to identify and undertake ongoing cost reduction initiatives in an effort to address revenue declination in the legacy print business.”
- Here’s a tweetstorm from ProPublica demonstrating how community participation led to a big story about Donald Trump and his son Eric Trump.
- The Atlantic is making a bigger bet on niche media with a revamped CityLab. The new site is “designed to better reflect CityLab’s increased understanding of its core audience of urban decision makers and influencers.”
- The New York Times interviewed Jay Leno about The Tonight Show and the “challenges of being a political joke-teller in a polarized environment.”
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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