Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Alberta Views magazine is celebrating 20 years of publication. “I had hoped that we would put it on a strong foundation and it would last the way Harper’s has lasted,” founding editor Jackie Flanagan told CBC.
- Jeff Samsonow noticed a recent Paula Simons column appeared on the Edmonton Sun website, which Postmedia said was a tagging or posting error.
- J’lyn Nye and Andrew Grose are celebrating three years of the Afternoon News on 630 CHED.
- The 19th annual Corus Radiothon in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation takes place on January 17 and 18.
- Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network roundup. The network is now up to 30 podcasts and 3 sponsors.
- Global Edmonton did a feature on the Alberta Podcast Network and Karen’s upcoming workshop on how to create a podcast.
- The latest episode of The Sound Off Podcast with Matt Cundill features CISN Country 103.9’s Chris Scheetz, “who was recently named one of the On-Air Personalities Of The Year (Large Market) at the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards.”
- Adam Rozenhart and Jason Bossert are the newest members of the CKUA Radio board of directors – congrats!
- CBC Edmonton’s Mark Connolly is hosting “Risk-Takers and Money-Makers; Edmonton Entrepreneurs” at The King’s University on January 18. The event will be taped for Edmonton AM, and also features Margot Ross-Graham, Edmonton AM’s workplace columnist.
- Humans of Edmonton Experience is a Facebook page that aims to “feature real people with real stories that are raw, honest and inspiring by photographing, interviewing and sharing their personal experiences with care, compassion and acceptance.” CBC interviewed some of the folks behind the page, and found lived experience is what sets it “apart from other media when they talk to vulnerable people in Edmonton.”
- From Fish Griwkowsky, here’s a chat with filmmaker Josh Miller, the first CEO of the new Edmonton Screen Industries Office. “Absorb the organization’s name to sense its new mandate beyond TV and film into the digital future.”
- Attention photographers and Instagrammers: Edmonton Tourism is hosting the #ExploreEdmonton Instameet on Saturday afternoon.
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Corus Radio is launching a new late-night national talk show called The Shift with Drex. Hosted by Justin “Drex” Wilcomes, the show launches January 22.
- According to new research from NPR and Edison Research, one in six Americans now own a smart speaker. “30 percent of smart speaker owner said the device is replacing time spent with TV. They’re also listening to more audio (71% are), including news and talk radio or podcasts.”
- After Trump described a bunch of countries as “shithole” countries, media organizations had to decide whether to use the word or not. “What mattered much more was what Trump’s words really meant, and what the responsibilities of journalists were in conveying that meaning in some sensible way,” wrote Margaret Sullivan.
- The Guardian has redesigned its website and apps “for our global readership online – to create a beautiful new design that works for readers across mobile, apps and desktop.” Looks good!
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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