Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- Orville Chubb, best known as publisher of Avenue Magazine, died Sunday, August 19 at the age of 57.
- After a year and a half of operations, Edmonton Quotient founder Jeff Samsonow has announced the online magazine is going on hiatus.
- Newcap Radio has reportedly fired Shane Michaels from Capital FM and Michelle Wright from K-97. Also let go was Kelly Walter, who was the General Sales Manager at Newcap Radio in Edmonton since 2012.
- Shawna Randolph has announced she is moving on from Alberta Primetime after five years on the show to focus on her media relations training company. Her last day is August 31.
- “I think gone are the days of earned media as an effective strategy for notifying our public about what the city, where we’re trying to lead,” said Mayor Don Iveson last week when discussing a five-year, $1.5 million advocacy campaign on affordable housing that Council approved in concept. “We’re likely going to have to do this more often and the City of Edmonton is going to have to increasingly be its own production company to get our version of what we’re trying to do out.”
Orville Chubb, photo by Dave Cournoyer
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- BuzzFeed News is working with the Google News Initiative to pilot a membership model similar to what The Guardian has done successfully. “The membership program is among a number of strategies that parent BuzzFeed is pursuing to diversify its revenue streams after missing its business targets last year.”
- Pittsburgh is now the largest city in the U.S. without a daily print newspaper after the Post-Gazette announced it will cut its production schedule to five days a week.
- Craigslist founder Craig Newmark is giving $1 million to Mother Jones “to boost the investigative outlet’s ability to combat disinformation campaigns against the American people.”
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.