Local updates from the Media Roundup
- Alberta MLA Grant Hunter, the province’s associate minister of red tape reduction, is facing criticism for tweeting, then deleting, a quote from a Nazi officer about red tape. The quote was apparently lifted from an opinion piece written by Corus Edmonton news manager Bob Layton, who also read the quote aloud in a broadcast.
- After 11 years, Edmonton Journal food writer Liane Faulder shared her final Food Notes as she takes over Elise Stolte’s city column, in addition to writing for a few other sections of the paper. Freelancer Tom Murray will be writing a Food Notes column every two weeks in Liane’s place.
- Congratulations to Star Edmonton reporter Kashmala Fida who is celebrating her two-year anniversary with the company.
- 630 CHED Mornings’ new co-host Chelsea Bird was featured in the Edmonton Sun’s 20 Questions, where she shares 20 things you might not know about her, including that she’d love to have dinner with Joe Rogan. "I think he would be fascinating to talk to," she said.
- Local sports reporters were criticized for sharing a "poorly translated quote" from Edmonton Oilers’ Jesse Puljujarvi in an alleged attempt to "run this kid out of town."
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- Podcast platform RadioPublic has proposed a new system called PodPass that would help to deliver premium podcast content in any enabled app. "If it can gather enough momentum, it’s still a very long road for the idea to go from proposal to wide implementation," writes Hot Pod.
- In a note to staff, New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said a coordinated campaign by President Trump’s allies to attack hundreds of journalists in retaliation for coverage of the administration "represents an escalation of an ongoing campaign against the free press" and that "their goal is to silence critics and undermine the public’s faith in independent journalism."
- The Membership Puzzle Project has shared an article on how smart investments in paid lead acquisition can help grow membership.
- Apparently The Economist has more than double the amount of web traffic it receives via newsletters over the past year. Here’s more on how they grow revenue by experimenting with the digital experience.
- If elected president next year, Bernie Sanders says he would "reverse the Trump administration’s attempts to make corporate media mergers even more likely in the future" and would "start requiring major media corporations to disclose whether or not their corporate transactions and merger proposals will involve significant journalism layoffs."
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