Local updates from the Media Roundup
- Sen. Paula Simons is being sued for defamation in a $500,000 lawsuit. The suit against the former Edmonton Journal columnist was launched by the caregivers of a four-year-old girl named Serenity who died in September 2014.
- Jacquie Tam, the University of Alberta’s vice president of university relations, has resigned after criticism of a controversial billboard ad that promoted the benefits of climate change.
- Digital marketing agency Top Draw has announced they are rebranding. "This November, we’ll begin our 26th year in business. We’re gearing up to step into this next era with an invigorated, purpose-led brand," the agency said in a release.
- A recent episode of the Jim Jefferies Show featured a segment about the Edmonton Eskimos team name. The clip, where Jefferies describes Canadians as being ‘so reasonable,’ includes interviews with Esks fans and the Inuit community.
- Vintage Edmonton shared this throwback air check from The Bill and Bill Show, which ran from 1976 to 1993, and was co-hosted by Edmonton broadcasters Bill Matheson and Bill Jackson.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- "In an era in which trust in news is fractured and employment is precarious, we need to look more closely at the ways that journalists’ sense of their own professional value — or lack thereof — influences the work they do and the environment in which they do it," writes Mark Coddington.
- Joe Biden’s team has written to TV news channels asking them to keep Rudy Giuliani off the air. “By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation,” the letter reads.
- Maybe I should figure out what this TikTok thing is all about. The company has earned more than $7 billion USD in revenue through the first half of the year. "Analysts have called ByteDance a strong threat to other Chinese tech industry firms including social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and search engine leader Baidu Inc."
- Food52, the recipe site co-founded by former New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser, has been sold for more than $80 million USD to The Chernin Group. "That’s a nice and somewhat surprising outcome for Food52, which faced competition from around the internet over the course of its lifetime."
- From CJR: Five tips for journalists on covering trans and nonbinary people
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.