Local updates from the Media Roundup
- 630 CHED was warned last week that it could be named in a defamation lawsuit by Edmonton Catholic Schools if host Ryan Jespersen went ahead with a planned radio interview featuring Bashir Mohamed. Jespersen went ahead with the interview despite the threat, and in a podcast following the on-air interview, Jespersen called out Edmonton Catholic Schools for its "heavy-handed mismanagement of this sensitive story."
- After announcing it is shutting down print papers and laying off journalists across Canada, Torstar Corp., which owns Star Metro, has now shared job postings for Edmonton-based journalists and an assistant managing editor for Alberta.
- Forty-four staff at the Edmonton Sun’s printing plant will be laid off in the new year as the paper moves to outsource its printing to Great West Newspapers’ St. Albert facility.
- Lauren Boothby will be starting as a reporter for the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun in January. She is currently a reporter and web editor for NEWS 1130 in Vancouver.
- A new Edmonton podcast called A Tale of Two Weeklies has launched, digging into the history of two former, local papers: SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- There are so many think pieces lately on the impacts of social media. A Better Internet Is Waiting for Us writes Annalee Newitz in the New York Times. Instagram is broken. It also broke us, writes Rebecca Jennings at Vox.
- The New York Times has launched a new effort "to bring our readers deeper into our coverage." National editor Marc Lacey says "we’re now inviting readers more directly into the story-generation process by actively soliciting their questions and then having a reporter dig into them."
- Troy and I read the ads on our podcast every episode, so this headline caught my eye: Are host-read podcast ads too old-school to survive? This new platform wants to give them post-programmatic life.
- Report for America says it is on pace to place 250 journalists in 164 local newsrooms in 2020, which is four times the size of its 2019 class.
- The Trump campaign has announced it will no longer offer press credentials to any reporters of Bloomberg News.
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.