Happy Easter! With the holiday and being sick the last couple of days, I didn’t get my Edmonton Notes published last night. Onward!
Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- CBC will broadcast ten Canadian Premier League games this season, including two FC Edmonton games on Sept. 14 and Oct. 19. Ten additional games will be available on CBC Gem and CBC Sports, including FC Edmonton games on July 6 and Sept. 28. The partnership between CBC Sports and MEDIAPRO Canada will kick off on April 27.
- Star Edmonton reporter Omar Mosleh wrote about hate groups in Edmonton and shared a Twitter thread to add additional context. “I spent about a day writing this story and then a week agonizing over it,” he tweeted. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector initially called the article “poor journalism” on Twitter but later called Omar to apologize.
- Postmedia photographer Larry Wong placed third in the Sports Action category of the National Pictures of the Year awards, organized by the News Photographers Association of Canada.
- Premier-designate Jason Kenney says the “war room” he promised to push back against negative media coverage of Alberta’s oil industry will be part of the public affairs bureau and “suggested prospective staff with private-sector experience who have a “creative” approach to communications would be the best fit.”
- Lomography.com has a profile of Edmonton-based photography Sandy Phimester. “I’m not very good at getting my words across, but I often feel like when I’m making photographs that it’s natural for me to think and feel this way, I can get my feelings out there in a way that makes sense to me,” he says.
Working together for a smooth transition, photo by Premier of Alberta
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- New research from the Membership Puzzle Project outlines what media can learn from other member-driven movements. “There is deep value in listening, testing, and being fascinated with what members value,” is the first takeaway.
- Podcast startup Luminary is launching this week without The Daily or any shows from Spotify’s Gimlet Media, Anchor, or Parcast. “It certainly seems like the first shot fired in the inevitable premium podcast war and could destabilize one of the first buzzy, well-funded entrants before it can make a dent in the industry.”
- SiriusXM is launching a new $8 plan for mobile and in-home listening called SiriusXM Essential, part of an effort to attract younger audiences.
- Will Bunch at Philly.com: “True, we’re not in a declared war with Donald Trump…but we are in a war for the truth, for objective reality — and if we don’t grab our weapons and start fighting back we’re about to get flattened by a blitzkrieg of tanks.”
- From Digital Alberta: Could virtual reality offer a future for journalism?
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.