Big news this week! I’m thrilled to announce that Linda Hoang has taken over writing the Media Roundup at Taproot Edmonton. She’s going to do a great job of covering this beat. Here’s her first edition.
Local updates from the Media Roundup
- Writer and comedian Tim Mikula has been fired from the Edmonton Journal after his controversial open letter to Jason Kenney was published.
- Postmedia’s City Hall reporter Paige Parsons is moving to CBC Edmonton starting July 2. "I’m excited for the new challenge, but will truly miss my wonderful @edmontonjournal and @Edmontonsun colleagues," she tweeted.
- Sarah Komadina of Global Regina has started at Global Edmonton as a digital journalist.
- Marty Forbes writes that podcasting is a growing format with many local media personalities and reporters now hosting their own shows. We might see even more locally-produced podcasts to come, as former sports and media broadcaster Bryn Griffiths opens a podcasting studio to help podcasters get started.
- The winners of the 3rd Annual #HashtagAwards were announced this weekend, including DDB Edmonton who was named Social Media Agency of the Year for the third year in a row.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- Here’s a great long read from The Ringer on the rise of the online recommendation site. I’ve spent far too much time on the Wirecutter over the last couple of years!
- Nicholas Diakopoulos argues that "the future of AI-enabled journalism will still have plenty of people around" just in different roles where human work is "blended together with algorithms."
- The Atlantic has introduced a new skill for Amazon Echo and Google Home that offers "a single, illuminating idea" every weekday. Sounds interesting, I’ve added this to my flash briefing!
- The New Yorker profiles Doris Burke who has been called "the LeBron James of sportscasters".
- Amazon is renaming its ad-supported video service from Freedive to IMDb TV with plans to launch in Europe later this year. No word yet on whether it’ll come to Canada.
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.