Local updates from the Media Roundup
- Postmedia Network and its chain of over 20 publications including the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun, have endorsed Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.
- News Media Canada, which represents hundreds of newspapers across the country, has taken out ads attacking Canada Post for "undercutting local newspapers by using its exclusive access to lock boxes, apartment buildings and condos." The ad was tweeted twice by the Edmonton Journal, on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, encouraging voters to "speak to your candidates to support local journalists."
- Former CTV Edmonton political reporter Kevin Armstrong is now with City News. Armstrong was in his role at CTV for over 4 years before shifting to government relations in 2013. After two years with the province, he took on several other communications and marketing roles before returning to the news industry. "Who says you can’t go home?" Armstrong tweeted, with a photo of him holding a City News mic at the legislature.
- "The world needs good journalism and good journalists now more than ever," Global Edmonton anchor Gord Steinke tells Cam Tait in a feature about Steinke and the new $21,000 bursary Corus Entertainment created in Steinke’s name at the University of Regina.
- Congratulations to Rob Pepper of KiSS 91.7, this year’s winner of the Edmonton Comedy Festival’s Media Challenge. CTV Edmonton’s Nahreman Issa lost by one point.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- A new report called "Local News is a Public Good" argues the state of Colorado should get more involved in funding local journalism.
- Online ad spending in the United States reached $57.9 billion in the first half of 2019, with mobile accounting for 69% of that.
- The Information plans to launch an app called Ticker to expand its audience while maintaining a subscription-driven business model.
- Quartz has pivoted to focus more on members. “The way I think about Quartz’s evolution is: We just turned seven years old and that’s 50 years in internet years. In that time Quartz has gone through several different eras of digital media,” said CEO Zach Seward.
- From The Atlantic: Is Anyone Going to Get Rich off of Email Newsletters?
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