Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The University of Alberta launched Folio.ca last week, a new website that “offers news and information in five areas: science and tech, health and wellness, society and culture, business and commentary.” The site is “an additional communication tool for the university” and isn’t meant to replace traditional methods like media relations.
- The summer radio ratings are out, with 102.3 Now! Radio (CKNO-FM) returning to the top spot just ahead of 630 CHED. Here is Broadcast Dialogue’s take on the numbers.
- “Where’s Alberta’s Legislature Press Gallery when you actually need it? Nowhere to be found,” says David Climenhaga in his latest post on the relationship between the media and the government.
- Carole Anne Devaney returned to the anchor desk alongside Gord Steinke on September 5 on Global Edmonton.
- Broadcast Dialogue has a look at the talent lineup for CityNews Edmonton, which started airing its newscasts on September 4.
- Douglas Hildebrand has been named Director and Publisher of the University of Alberta Press, effective October 10, 2017.
- Local writer Tim Querengesser has a Patreon page for Walkcast, “a podcast that goes walking in cities.” Here is Episode 2, which features a discussion with Dr. Darren Markland on the topic of drivers who hit and kill pedestrians. We talked to Dr. Markland back in December for Taproot’s story on how to stop discounting pedestrian deaths.
- Episode 74 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Sylvia Schneider, “co-host of the Equinely-Inclined podcast for Canada’s horse community, and a pioneer of Alberta podcasting”. She’s been doing it since 2007!
- The Bonnyville Nouvelle is looking for a General Assignment Reporter. The deadline to apply is September 26.
- Linda and Brittney are hosting another Instagrammable Walls of Edmonton Photo Walk on Saturday, September 16. It’s free to attend!
- A follow-up on one of last week’s news items courtesy of Jeff – the new “Life by Design” section you’ll find in the Journal is indeed Postmedia-wide and is most definitely not local.
Helping more Albertans get good jobs, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- From Politico: The Rise of the Twitter Thread, “The compelling, incendiary literary form of the Trump era.”
- With all the hurricane news on TV right now, the debate about dangerous stand-ups is raging. “Some critics wondered whether they are unnecessary and overly sensational spectacles” but others “insist that the visuals from the storms are essential in persuading people to take hurricane threats seriously and getting them to leave the area.” I’m not so sure.
- Plenty of video coverage of Hurricane Irma came not from cable news, but from sites like the Washington Post. They’re staffing up and expanding their video capabilities.
- The Guardian has a feature on The Wall Street Journal’s Trump problem. “Dozens have left the paper in the past year and interviews with current and ex-staffers show outrage over pressure from management to normalize Trump.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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