Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The fall radio ratings are out (here are the demographic breakdowns) and show 630 CHED ahead of 102.3 Now! FM. Here is more on the numbers from kowchmedia.
- From Mike Ross over at Gig City: “The rules of the ‘Find Any Good Song on the Radio’ game are simple: Start at the bottom of the dial and work your way up until you find a good song. If you fail, you have to listen to CBC until you figure out what they’re talking about before you can try again.”
- In his latest column in the Sun, Marty Forbes remembers Chuck Chandler and Fil Fraser. “If I listed all their accomplishments in this column I’d need the full Page 6 and likely half of Page 7, too.”
- Liane Faulder wrote The Journal’s latest Life & Times feature on Fil Fraser. “Fraser will be remembered at a public memorial to be held in early 2018.”
- ICYMI we wrote about membership-based journalism in the Taproot newsletter recently.
- Back in the fall, CTV Edmonton’s Bill Fortier travelled to Turkey to offer training for new Syrian media outlets in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights. “We are attempting to help Syrian journalists improve their broadcast news writing, empowering them to tell the human rights stories affecting their war-torn home country.” You can read his archived blog entries here.
- Congratulations to Full Circle Visuals (started by Ryan Jackso+n) on partnering with the Shaw Conference Centre to provide “a fully immersive 360 tour of Edmonton’s premier convention centre utilizing virtual reality technology.”
- Karen and her daughter attended PodCon in Seattle and also published the second episode of their new podcast, That’s A Thing?!.
- 630 CHED Santas Anonymous brought in a record-breaking $35,950 during its 24th annual on-air auction.
- CBC Edmonton’s 22nd annual Turkey Drive starts on Thursday and runs until December 21. “Help us reach our goal of $500,000 in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.”
- The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton has launched Grandin Media, “a new online media outlet” that “aims to tell the stories of Catholic life in Alberta and also to apply the lens of faith in its coverage of issues that matter in the wider community.” Andrew Ehrkamp is the site’s News Editor.
- “Before fun was outlawed in newsrooms, the @Edmononsun staff compiled a list of celebrities we (sort of) resembled,” tweeted Chad Huculak. “Many ppl pictured no longer work in journalism,” he added.
- Times New Roman and Arial don’t mix! Or do they?
Remembering victims of gender-based violence, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Here’s a story on Calgary’s The Sprawl from Tim Querengesser in CityLab.
- From The Conversation: Instead of mourning local news, try paying for it. “There’s a significant disconnect between the value Canadians say they place on local news and their willingness to actually pay for it.”
- Netflix received 9 Golden Globe nominations, the most it has ever received. HBO led with 12, while Amazon and Hulu both received 3 each.
- A group of former Gawker employees have launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to raise $500,000 before January 8 to buy the site back and relaunch it.
- Apple has confirmed it is acquiring Shazam for around $400 million.
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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