Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The Edmonton Sun has launched a new website design and a new mobile app. Unfortunately, it looks like the new site has broken all existing permalinks. Er, links. For instance, I wanted to link to this story by Jonny Wakefield about a widely-used photo of fentanyl pills, but it doesn’t work (here’s the Bing cache). This is basic, web 101 stuff!
- CTV Edmonton’s Daryl McIntyre marked 31 years at CFRN last week and recently welcomed Erin Isfeld as his new permanent co-host (congrats!). CTV Edmonton also has a new set design.
- Peter North has left CKUA after 17 years. But he didn’t leave to “move on to other projects” as CKUA’s statement read, he quit. Gig City has the scoop.
- Here is Terry Jones on 50 years at the Sun and Journal. “I’m a big believer in the adage that ‘He who collects the most memories wins.’” And here’s a feature on Terry Jones in the Toronto Sun.
- After seven seasons, CBC has cancelled Edmonton-made ‘The Irrelevant Show’. “Seven years is a good run for any program. But CBC cancelled the show so abruptly, the cast didn’t even get a chance to do a goodbye finale show.”
- The local TV stations didn’t cover the election on TV, except for an hour on CTV Edmonton (and hour that was largely done before the results started to trickle out). Grant Ainsley argues the reason is money.
- CISN Country 103.9 FM’s Matt DeBeurs was among the “jailbirds” that helped to raise money for Crime Stoppers at a fundraiser at Southgate Centre recently.
- The 67th edition of the Western Association of Broadcast Engineers convention takes place at the Delta Edmonton South from November 5-7.
- Kelsey Campbell, who previously filled in on the CISN Country 103.9 FM morning show, is going to be on air ever Saturday and Sunday evening from 6pm to midnight.
- Two new reality TV shows are looking for real estate stars in Edmonton. The shows will air in spring 2019.
- The Pembina Institute is looking for a Communications Lead here in Edmonton. The deadline to apply is November 15.
- There’s a new local publication called the Indo Canadian Post in Punjabi.
- Congratulations to the Edmonton Journal’s Press Gallery Podcast on achieving the milestone of 200 episodes!
- Be sure to check out Episode 1 of That’s A Thing?!, a new podcast from Karen and her daughter Elizabeth. I absolutely love this idea!
- CKUA has raised more than $587,605 in its fall fundraising campaign. You can still donate online here.
- The ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction starts tomorrow and runs through Thursday!
Premier Rachel Notley addresses her caucus on the first day of the fall session, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- From J-Source: Here’s what you need to know about Canada’s new shield law for confidential sources.
- Toronto-based writer Mathew Ingram is joining the Columbia Journalism Review! He’s going to be the chief digital writer, focusing on Facebook, Google, and other tech companies.
- Blockchain technology seems to be everywhere these days, so why not journalism? Civil is a “cryptocurrency-based journalism marketplace that went public this summer” that has now raised $5 million and has attracted its first publication.
- Lots of Russia-related news today with the indictment of Paul Manafort and now Facebook is expected to tell congressional investigators that “roughly 126 million users in the United States may have seen posts, stories or other content created by Russian government-backed trolls around Election Day.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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