Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Newly retired, Lorraine Mansbridge has joined Twitter! Here’s a Global Edmonton feature on Lorraine. “She’s been in Edmonton media for 36 years, almost as long as the Global Edmonton station has been in existence.” Gord Steinke tweeted she’s a “class act and a lot of fun to work with.”
- Congratulations to Terry Jones on being inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame for his role as a journalist & sports builder. He’s the first sports writer to receive the honour. “Terry inspired me to, maybe, one day, be a columnist,” wrote Cam Tait.
- Congratulations to Liane Faulder on winning first place in the Arts & Entertainment Feature category of the Society for Features Journalism Excellence-in-Features Awards. Here’s the winning story. “So thrilled!” she tweeted. Paula Simons, Clare Clancy, and Mark Iype picked up third place in the Diversity in Digital Features category, and the Edmonton Journal received two other honourable mentions.
- CBC Edmonton has earned a Michener Citation of Merit “for its investigative series focusing on Pure North, an alternative health foundation of a Calgary businessman.”
- Edmonton’s own Anna Holtby and Todd Kirk have been announced as contestants for the upcoming season of The Amazing Race Canada, which premieres on July 3. “Thankful, humbled and SO EXCITED to be chosen to compete,” Anna wrote. Here’s the interview they did with CTV. Anna wrote a story for Taproot Edmonton back in 2016.
- Two local dancers have made it through to the next round of competition on NBC’s World of Dance TV show.
- IABC Edmonton is hosting Nailing the Pitch: How to Deliver a Stellar Media Event on Thursday at 99ten.
- Janet French shared how Postmedia “gained access to class size information and the fees some school districts charged for the information” in this showing our work piece.
- Here’s an Alberta Primetime interview with Edmonton-born Dawn Chubai, currently a host on The Shopping Channel.
- Here is David Bray’s analysis of the latest Edmonton radio ratings.
- A reminder that the Edmonton Radio Reunion takes place on Saturday at 3pm at Local Public Eatery on Jasper Avenue.
- Here is the 29th Alberta Podcast Network Roundup.
- CBC Edmonton is looking for a Reporter/Editor (French Services).
- I hope to see you on Sunday for the Edmonton Podcasting Meetup where we are going to be talking about smart speakers!
Carbon Copy was unveiled recently in the Brewery District
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- About 75 people were laid off on June 14 from Rogers Media’s digital content & publishing team. Here’s a statement from Rogers Media on the layoffs: “We have reorganized our…structure to reflect the headwinds the industry is facing and make the business sustainable.”
- Following in the footsteps of Postmedia, Global News is launching a new podcast called “This is Why” to delve “deeper into the stories that matter to Canadians.”
- The Logic is a new Canadian subscription news outlet. “Information wants to be $300 a year — and it wants to be exclusive, high quality, and lower quantity,” reports Nieman Lab.
- Concordia University is launching the Institute for Investigative Journalism, the first of its kind in Canada, to be headquartered in the Department of Journalism.
- From Quartz: “Next year, for the first time, we’ll spend more time using the internet than watching TV.”
- Based on a new report from PwC, the Wall Street Journal reports that “advertisers spent an estimated $313.9 million on podcast ads in 2017, an increase of 86% from about $169.1 million a year earlier”.
- Did you enjoy the S-Town podcast? Well, get ready for the movie. Participant Media has acquired the rights and Spotlight‘s Tom McCarthy is in negotiations to direct.
- Don’t worry, #mprraccoon reached the roof and was rescued. Think about everything this story tells us about the state of media right now!
Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.
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