Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Finalists for the 69th annual National Newspaper Awards have been announced. The Edmonton Journal received 3 nominations – Paula Simons, Maclom Mayes, and Larry Wong were all nominated. Winners will be announced in Toronto on May 4.
- Friday was Gareth Hampshire’s last day at CBC Edmonton. He’s off to Halifax!
- Troy Pavlek, “local man”, singled out a CTV Edmonton interview and said “I’m frankly embarrassed to be party to it.” Yep, he’s kinda more than some rando!
- Members of the media were asked to leave an AUMA session last week at the Shaw Conference Centre. “Reporters protested, and organizers reversed their position within an hour.”
- Matthew Stepanic is leading a workshop on Saturday that “will teach writers how to increase their versatility in order to function in the gig economy.”
- Glass Buffalo is celebrating the launch of its Sweet 16 issue on Tuesday at Yellowhead Brewery.
- Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network Roundup.
- Paula Kirman is a finalist in an International Songwriting Competition. You can help her win by voting for her song “Summer”!
- The provincial government is offering digital gaming and media companies a tax credit to cover 25% of salaries. “The province said there are more than 50 interactive digital media studios in the province, employing more than 500 full-time workers, who earn, on average, more than $70,000 a year.”
- The inaugural broadcast of CBC Radio in Edmonton was set to take place on September 8, 1948 but the gushing of oil at Leduc on September 6 when the Atlantic No. 3 derrick “collapsed and the well caught fire becoming one of the most spectacular blowouts in Alberta history” caused the reporters to go on air early.
- Local photographer Blake Loates has captured a series of portraits for a Suicide Prevention week campaign by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
- Reminder: the Edmonton Broadcasters Club Spring Luncheon is coming up on Wednesday, April 11 and features Tim Spelliscy.
Minister Bilous announces a new Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit program, photo by Government of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- “The latest industry to get a Trump bump: Journalism schools.” Apparently applications have jumped at Columbia’s graduate school of journalism, The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
- Jason Kottke looks back at twenty years of writing kottke.org. Quite the milestone!
- The Canadian Association of Black Journalists is running a survey to find out what a re-imagined CABJ should look like.
- A new report examining virtual reality formats for journalism found that VR “prompted a higher empathetic response than static photo/text treatments and a higher likelihood of participants to take ‘political or social action’ after viewing.”
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So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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