Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- Investigative reporter Jennie Russell has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her investigation last year “that revealed the troubling human cost of Covenant Health’s medical-assistance-in-dying policy.” This is the fifth Murrow Award she has won as part of CBC Investigates, the investigative unit of CBC Edmonton.
- AMPIA has announced the winners of the 2019 Alberta Film and Television Awards, better known as the Rosie Awards. Edmonton productions and creators won 29 of the 57 categories. Local director and writer Niobe Thompson took home five awards.
- Social media consultant Linda Hoang has received a 2019 Spirit of NAIT Alumni Award for her for-profit and non-profit work in the community. Top Draw president and CEO Ken Jurina is being recognized with the Alumni Award of Excellence for his efforts in marketing and business development.
- Karl Douglas is the new evenings and weekends announcer for up! 99.3 FM, reports Puget Sound Radio. He last worked in Edmonton in the 80s at K97.
- CBC Edmonton has been criticized on Twitter for reading inaccurate listener comments on the radio without correction or clarification.
HOT 107 at the Stantec Tower, photo by Jason Woodhead
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- Avengers: Endgame took in $1.2 billion during its opening weekend, breaking all kinds of records. While showing “the power of theatres…to deliver that wildly big communal experience” it also “shows that Hollywood is increasingly reliant on spectacle to jolt people away from Facebook, Fortnite, Hulu and Netflix and into movie theaters.”
- A new study found that “more than 80% of journalists admitted to falling for false information online” and that “only 14.9% of journalists surveyed said they had been trained on how to best report on misinformation.”
- Bloomberg reports that according to the U.S. Census, there are now 6.4 public relations specialists for every news reporter. “It looks like the six-to-one ratio won’t be narrowing anytime soon.”
- Thursday is World News Day, a made-in-Canada event to “recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives.” Friday is World Press Freedom Day around the world.
- A youth-led group called Climate Justice Edmonton (CJE) “believe they are picking up steam in organizing a resistance to Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney” and his promised “war room” specifically.
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.