Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- Canadian Journalism Innovators is a new initiative that is “focused on tackling three of the biggest challenges facing the industry: a lack of money, innovation and diversity.” Taproot Edmonton is proud to be participating in this effort.
- A group of former Vue Weekly editors have launched a Kickstarter for Daze Magazine. They soft-launched the website earlier this month.
- Marty Forbes is featured in Episode 60 of the City of Champions podcast.
- IABC Edmonton presents Stories Well Told With Carrie Doll on Jan. 30 at 9910.
- Let’s Find Out – How Nature Shapes Us, presented by Taproot Edmonton, takes place on Feb. 9.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- A Swiss news startup called Republik, which raised $2.4 million back in 2017, has spent more than $6.5 million since inception. They admit that spending got out of control, but their willingness to experiment is still instructive.
- From NiemanLab: BuzzFeed laid off its Director of Quizzes because lots of people are willing to make quizzes for free
- Ten Years Ago, Almost Everyone in Media Got Fired. “In a strange way, it may actually have been worse to be gainfully employed, because while the rest of us actually knew where we stood, the working stiffs quickly became BFFs with fear itself.”
- The Tow Center for Digital Journalism has published a report called Blockchain in Journalism. They outline three key use cases: auditable database solutions, cryptocurrency-based business models, and access to public data secured in blockchain-based file systems.
- Subscriptions to the 25 largest American newspapers saw “more-than-substantial price hikes” between 2008 and 2016. “Seven-day home delivery price more than doubled, and weekday single-copy price tripled.”
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.