Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- “It’s a blessing to be able to bring people the news over the airwaves,” tweeted Global News Radio 880 Edmonton host Adam Brilz on World Radio Day. “I also can’t forget thanking my dad for inspiring me to follow this career,” he added. CISN Country 103.9 FM’s Andrea Taylor shared a photo of her very first on-air shift from Dec. 24, 2001 with Power 92.
- The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) is calling on police to name victims of domestic homicide. Executive Director Jan Reimer “said that in the coming months, the ACWS will reach out to shelter directors, the police, survivors and the media to look at developing best practices when it comes to releasing names.”
- In episode 3 of The Calgarian hosted by Taylor Lambert, Jason Markusoff talked about how he ended up at the Edmonton Journal in 2003. “I really enjoyed working at the Journal, it was a great newsroom,” he said. Markusoff worked there for five years and for a time shared a desk with former Journal columnist Paula Simons who he called “one of my top journalistic mentors.”
- Calder Bateman shared an update on its merger with ZGM this week. “Over the past few months, our combined leadership team has been working on our integration—culminating yesterday with Calder Bateman fully merging under the ZGM banner.”
- Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network Roundup. “You’ll find lots of love in this week’s roundup, as befits a week that included Valentine’s Day.”
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- A new independent report on the future of the British media recommends direct funding for public-interest news outlets and the creation of a new institute of public interest news.
- OpenAI’s new algorithm GPT-2 can write articles with impressive results. “Give it a fake headline, and it’ll write the rest of the article, complete with fake quotations and statistics.”
- “To subject the distribution of your work to the workings of the market is unreasonable — if you think your work matters, that is.” The Outlines argues that journalism should be free.
- From New York magazine: Can Subscriptions Save All Media Companies, or Just the New York Times?
- If you were hoping the 91st Academy Awards would be shorter, you’re out of luck. With just over a week to go, officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences told producer Donna Gigliotti “that they were bowing to pressure and abandoning their plan to shorten the ceremony by awarding four trophies during commercial breaks, with the winning moments being edited and aired later in the show.”
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.