Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- Finalists for the 70th annual National Newspaper Awards were announced last week and two Edmonton journalists earned nominations. Dan Barnes is a finalist in the sports category for “for reporting on the sad tale of Dorian Boose, who played in the NFL and won a championship with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, only to end up living on the streets and eventually taking his own life.” Ed Kaiser is a finalist in the sports photo category “for a picture showing a Vancouver Canucks player flying through the air as he attempts a shot on goal.”
- Stephen Keppler has accepted a position with 101.5 EZ Rock in Kelowna. “Edmonton has been my home base for the better part of 20 years off and on,” he wrote. “I am so grateful for all of the relationships Jac and I have formed, and we will miss you ALL, thankfully we will visit for holidays and such.” His last day at 92.5 The Chuck was Friday, March 22. Keppler had been the Afternoon Drive host for the station since April 2015.
- Corus Entertainment has Global News Decision Alberta as its “comprehensive election coverage available on all platforms.” They plan to offer both a Fact Checker and a Promise Checker.
- Education reporter Janet French spoke about how stories about teachers are told in the media on Episode 88 of The Ed Podcast.
- Social media influencer Linda Hoang has announced she is leaving ZGM to launch her own freelance social media strategy & consulting business.
CBC Open House 2019, photo by Jason Woodhead
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- For thoughts on the federal budget’s impact on Canadian journalism, see David Skok, Andrew Coyne, and Jesse Brown.
- Apple announced its new subscription service for news today called Apple News Plus. It’s based on Texture and as a result magazines appear to be the focus.
- Remember the “Trump Bump” that media outlets experienced? Now news publications are experiencing a bump from coverage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, too.
- From NiemanLab: The long, complicated, and extremely frustrating history of Medium, 2012–present.
- BBC plans to launch a new charity to fund local news reporting across Britain called the Local Democracy Foundation.
- Monday night’s broadcast of the Tonight Show was shot entirely with a Samsung Galaxy S10+, part of an ad deal between Samsung and NBCUniversal.
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.