Local updates from the Media Roundup
- Long-standing community newspapers in Hinton, Edson and Lacombe will release their final issues this week before closing. "It is well known that the media industry is undergoing significant disruption and legacy revenues are declining at a precipitous rate," Postmedia’s Phyllise Gelfand told CBC Edmonton.
- Keith Gerein is moving on from his role covering provincial politics to cover municipal issues as the new city columnist for the Edmonton Journal.
- The Edmonton Jewish News and Calgary-based Jewish Free Press are merging into the Alberta Jewish News.
- Global Edmonton has launched a new morning show segment called "A Good Four Minutes" which will focus on good news only.
- Video editor Jason Konoza has been laid off from CTV Edmonton after 18 years. "The future for me is uncertain, but I’m grateful for such a long career so far and the friendships I’ve made," he writes.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- Here is NiemanLab’s collection of Predictions for Journalism in 2020.
- A number of those predictions are related to podcasting and audio. A new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford suggests we’ll see a bunch of new daily news podcasts this year. See also from HotPod: Here are the big podcasting stories we expect to be covering this year.
- Joker earned 11 Oscar nominations including for Best Picture. "In the major categories, it was a list of mostly white nominees, one that will likely inspire outrage, frustration, and pushback," reports Variety.
- Fox News averaged 2.5 million viewers per night in 2019, a 23-year high that made it the most viewed channel on basic cable, The Hill reports (via Axios).
- "If we don’t communicate the efficiency and power of journalism, who will?" Editor & Publisher spoke with various news publishers "about their recent marketing campaigns and found what happened when they took matters into their own hands."
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.