Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Great to see that John Sexsmith was back in the Global Edmonton newsroom “after taking some time off to focus on his health (and kicking cancer’s butt.)”
- News photographer Geoff Stickle has retired from Global Edmonton after 42 years with the station. “Thanks to all. It’s been quite a ride,” he tweeted. Here he is on his final day with Kent Morrison.
- Brad Gowan has also left Global Edmonton after nearly 12 years.
- 630 CHED has a new logo that, while entirely devoid of character, better fits into the Global News lineup. This past weekend marked the 64th anniversary of 630 CHED’s launch.
- Bridget Stirling has called out the Edmonton Journal for a sexist cartoon. “It’s 2018. Maybe we could consider that women aren’t just a sexy distraction from the economy?”
- The Yards and Edmonton Quotient have launched a joint video series with cinematography by Andrea Beça. The first video is a conversation about street harassment.
- There’s a new Facebook group for “freelancers working in the media and information sectors in Edmonton and area.”
- The upcoming CPRS event on March 16 features Rob McAnally and Tim Spelliscy discussing public relations and news media. “Don’t miss this rare opportunity to ask questions and hear them share their personal tips and tools on what works when you’re pitching a story.”
- iMEDIA takes place on Friday and Saturday! Check out the lineup here.
- Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network Roundup.
- Friday is the deadline to answer Metro Edmonton’s call for a reporter/photographer.
- What happens if you go to the Edmonton Journal website and click on news? You’ll find a “breaking news” page with links under “National” and “World” that were last updated in 2017!
Growing Skyline, photo by Kurt Bauschardt
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- The new federal budget includes $50 million over the next five years to support local news organizations. But will it help?
- Frederic Filloux on why a Spotify for News can’t fly: “Platforms are calling the shots. They control a large chunk of news distribution, capture all the advertising growth, are technologically way ahead, and can up-sell across all their product lines, and withstand any loss necessary.”
- The ratings are in and the 2018 Academy Awards were the least-watched Oscars to date, with viewership down approximately 19% compared to last year.
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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