Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Taproot Edmonton has launched the Music Roundup, a weekly compilation of the latest headlines, concert announcements, and other updates to help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Edmonton’s music community. The Music Roundup is being curated and written by Sandra Sperounes, who was the music writer for The Edmonton Journal for 18 years.
- “It’s road trip season, and what that means, in 2018, is time to download a few podcasts to take on the highway.” Karen Unland spoke with CBC’s The Homestretch about the Alberta Podcast Network. “Over the summer, Unland will appear periodically on The Homestretch with a variety of recommendations for listeners looking for some guidance through the world of podcasting, where each listener is also their own program director.”
- Catherine Griwkowsky has announced she is “no longer employed by StarMetro Edmonton.” She took the opportunity to share some great things about her colleagues in the Twitter thread. She isn’t sure what’s next, but let’s hope she is able to stay here in Edmonton!
- Here is the 33rd Alberta Podcast Network Roundup. The network has grown again, adding The UnDad Podcast created by Trent Wilkie.
- Speaking of Trent Wilkie, he recently answered 20 questions for the Edmonton Sun.
- Carly Robinson highlights the new faces on the CityNews Edmonton team: Dalia Ashry, Connor O’Donovan, and Jessica Storm.
- From Grant Ainsley: Why Mike’s News Was the Greatest Store Ever. “Mike’s News closed in the 80’s, after serving Edmonton for 70 years.”
- Congrats to Trevor Robb on marking seven years with Postmedia.
- The Athletic is looking for a beat writer or columnist covering the Edmonton Oilers. “We are now following through with plans to hire more staff, especially in Western Canada, to offer subscribers more quality coverage beginning with the 2018-19 season.”
- The City of Edmonton is looking for a Director, Integration & Relationships to join the Communications branch.
- PR Power: How to be a Media Worthy Brand, hosted by Publicity Room, takes place on Wednesday from 5-7pm at RAAS in West Edmonton Mall.
- The Alberta Media Fund is hosting information sessions on Tuesday & Wednesday this week to help prepare for the Screen-based Production Grant Application process.
- New Trail and Alumni Career Services at the University of Alberta have teamed up to answer career questions about working in magazines. The online session will take place on August 8.
- Podmap aims to map the world’s podcasts. Here’s Edmonton.
Premier Notley celebrates Canada Day in Millwoods, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Instapaper is going independent and will be owned and operated “by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013.”
- Hyperlocal site EveryBlock is being shutdown – again. Comcast is closing the site it relaunched in 2014 and will direct users to rival Nextdoor, which it has invested in.
- The Emmy nominations are out. “Netflix led the way with 112 nominations when they were announced on Thursday, snapping HBO’s 17-year streak of being the most nominated network for TV’s most coveted prize.” Three years ago Netflix had just 34 nominations. Next up? HBO’s 16-year streak of winning the most Emmys.
- The Associated Press reports: “The estate of the man at the center of the popular “S-Town” podcast is suing the show’s creators, saying they exploited details of his private life for financial gain.”
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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