Local updates from the Media Roundup
- The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Pattison) has acquired a minority share in Edmonton digital agency Lift Interactive Inc. (Lift). The acquisition is set to grow Pattison’s advertising footprint adding "significant capabilities" in digital marketing, design, and technology development.
- Liane Faulder is celebrating 30 years at the Edmonton Journal. Over the last three decades, Faulder has worked as a freelance columnist, part-time editor of the children’s section, city columnist, television critic, Sunday features writer, food writer, and is currently the paper’s city and theatre writer. "It’s been so much fun," Faulder wrote in a Facebook post.
- 840 CFCW is celebrating 65 years. Former morning show host Sean Burke tweeted a tribute, that said his three and a half years at the station are ones he’ll never forget.
- CKUA Radio Network’s fall fundraiser brought in over $550,000. The donor-supported arts organization needs to raise $1.2 million each year to keep operating. Another campaign is planned for next spring.
- Dave Sutherland is the new editor of SkyriseEdmonton, a website covering skyscrapers, architecture, design, construction and urban centre development.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- The Ringer reports that the recent Deadspin resignations are the latest example of "the Mavening" in which "media overlords taunt readers by forcing them to watch as they drag around the corpse of a beloved friend."
- Local news is more trusted that national news, but it is also the second-least trusted local institution, just ahead of local government, reports NiemanLab.
- Seth Meyers requested that Netflix offer a skip button to allow viewers to jump over jokes about President Donald Trump in his new stand-up special, Lobby Baby. "He doesn’t actually believe fans of his who tune in to watch will skip over Trump jokes, but having the ability to leverage Netflix’s technology to make the joke land harder was something he wanted to try."
- Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, argues in an op-ed that "Facebook is incapable of vetting political ads effectively and consistently at the global scale" and that "political ads are essential to maintaining the company’s presence in countries around the world."
- The BBC is establishing a new standalone non-profit body to run the Local News Partnership. The goal is to expand the local democracy reporting service.
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.