Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- Sticks & Stones Communications has released a trailer for its first major documentary called Ha Ling Peak. Check it out on Vimeo. The film will air on CBC in Alberta and BC at 7pm on August 18.
- Shanelle Kaul is leaving CTV Edmonton for a new job at CP24 in Toronto. She has been here in Edmonton since February 2016 and served as a reporter and weekend anchor. “Edmonton will always be a special place,” she tweeted.
- Robert Makichuk tweeted about the Gretzky trade 30 years ago. He covered the news conference for CTV Edmonton. “What stands out in my memory is not so much #99’s tears, but the fact that one of the photographers from @edmontonjournal thanked him for the years of great pix. Applause from all the shooters.”
- According to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, Louie DeBrusk and Drew Remenda will be switching spots for certain Oilers games. OilersNation has the details.
- Jason Redfern proposed on Twitter a group media bike ride day. “In order to have any credibility reporting on #yegbike stories you should ride the bike lanes and paths, ride in traffic and for extra credit ride on any road outside of town where you’re sure to be buzzed, threatened and/or possibly hit.” Marty Forbes pointed out there are a few long-term cyclists in the media.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- From NiemanLab: An analysis of 16,000 stories, across 100 U.S. communities, finds very little actual local news.
- The Boston Globe is leading a nationwide effort to write and publish editorials on August 16 denouncing Trump’s “dirty war against the free press.” As of Friday, about 70 outlets had committed to participate.
- This article on fake news written by Ryan Holmes back in May is worth a read. “For now and for the foreseeable future, solving this problem depends in large part on boosting our own media savvy.”
- Tweeting about the decision to allow Alex Jones and Infowars to remain on Twitter, Jack Dorsey said “it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions.” Techdirt’s Mike Masnick wrote about platforms banning accounts and referenced the tweet. “He’s not wrong, but what an awful way to put it. Lots of people read it to mean ‘we set up the problem that makes this giant mess, and we’ll leave it to journalists to come along and sort things out for free.'”
- Netflix CFO David Wells is leaving the company after 14 years. “As CFO, Wells has engineered a debt-fueled binge on content spending, with Netflix projecting programming costs of upwards of $8 billion in 2018 (on a P&L basis).”
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.