Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Daniel Kaszor, a former editor-in-chief at The Gateway who has been at the National Post since 2008, is returning to Edmonton to work at EEDC starting September 11. “I am going to be working with the EEDC as content manager highlighting all of the very cool stuff that’s happening in #yeg,” he tweeted.
- Marty Forbes wrote last week about how technology is changing the world of media. “Things are changing so rapidly it’s literally impossible to catch up as new apps and companies evolve or dissolve in the World Wide Web.”
- Karen Unland was interviewed about the Alberta Podcast Network this week on Northern Nerd Network’s Nerdcast. You can learn more about the network that promotes and supports Alberta-made podcasts here.
- Congratulations to Paula Simons and her husband on their 25th wedding anniversary!
- Looking to support independent local journalism? Edmonton Quotient has an updated list of “Edmonton-focused media organizations where your money creates local stories and conversations.”
- Episode 72 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Erika Ensign of Verity! “and many, many other podcasts.” Audio was recorded at the July podcasting meetup.
- We’re producing a daily Fringe Festival newsletter at Taproot Edmonton which you can sign up for here. Check out past issues or read on the web here.
- FilmLocal is a community site that launched earlier this summer with a goal of “bringing together filmmakers, clients, and people wanting to break into the industry into a single, one-stop-shop type of community – all with the collective goal of making films.”
- CBC Edmonton is looking for a Senior Producer for TV news.
- Aberdeen Publishing is looking for a Multimedia Features Reporter in Jasper. The deadline to apply is September 1.
- So on Wednesday last week, a bat got into the CBC Edmonton newsroom. It was not a planned guest. After about 30 minutes, the bat, christened #cbcbat by that point, was finally captured. Rival newsrooms poked fun, accusing CBC of one-upsmanship. Can you tell it’s summer?!
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Ezra Levant was interviewed by Ryan Jespersen today about The Rebel’s coverage of the events in Charlottesville. Levant had sent a memo to staff about the alt-right rally. “Also Monday, Rebel Media co-founder Brian Lilley announced he had parted ways with the group, concerned with its increasingly harsh tone on issues like immigration and Islam.” There’s more on the news at CBC and daveberta.
- Here’s Jeff Jarvis on how he’d try to save a newspaper if he ran one. “Rather than merely creating a product called content and attracting an audience to sell to advertisers — our old model — we can now reconceive of journalism as a service to our communities, convening them into informed, civil, and productive conversation and helping them improve their lives. Nothing less.”
- TuneIn Inc. has raised $50 million to fund its growth at a valuation of about $500 million. TuneIn was founded in 2002 and “offers thousands of radio stations on demand for free to more than 75 million users.”
- Postmedia is selling its west-end Toronto printing plant for $30.5 million to help pay down its debt.
- Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes way from ABC Studios and has signed her to a multi-year production deal. Last week, Disney announced it would end its deal with Netflix to launch its own streaming service.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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