Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- CityNews Edmonton launched tonight at 6pm. Here is the new website.
- Global Edmonton’s Tim Spelliscy officially retired on Thursday last week after 38 years. Here’s a farewell interview with Nancy Carlson. He was even serenaded by Kevin Dabbs and Gord Steinke!
- Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2017-2018 Oilers season will start on October 4. The broadcast team will include Drew Remenda, who “is a bit of a lightning rod,” writes Kurt Leavins. Here’s more on the reaction fans shared on Twitter from David Staples.
- Tickets are now on sale for The Yards Fall Salon which is taking place on September 21 at CKUA.
- Grant Ainsley wrote about Con Boland’s death and the impact of social media on how such new spreads.
- Jeff offers some commentary on the media’s coverage of the turning lane at Jasper Avenue and 109 Street, saying “it’s a bit of ‘bothsideism’ that equates the issues of people driving and people walking as equal.”
- Great to see that the Edmonton Community Foundation has become a sponsor of the Alberta Podcast Network! The ECF has its own podcast too – The Well-Endowed Podcast.
- I can’t seem to find anything about this online yet, but an insert in the Edmonton Journal this weekend says a new monthly section called “Life by Design” will be launching on September 8. It will feature “curated content from top Canadian magazines” including Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Flare, and MoneySense, which leads me to believe this is a Postmedia-wide section and will not contain any local content.
- Avenue Edmonton has a feature on Ruth B, the musical success story who was able to convert her large following on social media into offers for record deals.
- The World Press Photo Montreal 2017 Exposition is taking place until October 1 and among those featured is Edmonton’s own Amber Bracken.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Marc Edge, author of The News We Deserve: The Transformation of Canada’s Media Landscape, wrote in The Tyee that the “Netflix tax” is a misnomer used to smear a great idea.
- Also in The Tyee, Peter Menzies writes that “an ad-free, better-funded CBC that shares its reporting could help keep local journalism alive” here in Canada.
- ProPublica has created a Facebook Messenger bot to collect stories from readers about hate speech. They hope it might also double as “another form of storytelling.”‘
- Jack Shafer writes in Politico that the op-ed pages in the New York Times have returned to their roots, when “the whole idea was to trigger reader insurrections with outrageous views.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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