Local updates from the Media Roundup
- Keith Gerein’s column in the Edmonton Journal on Jan. 10 announced his new role covering municipal affairs for the paper, after covering provincial issues for years.
- Ronnie Stanton, program director of Corus FM stations in Vancouver, has been promoted to lead programmer for all Corus FM stations in Alberta and B.C., including 103.9 CISN Country and 92.5 The Chuck in Edmonton.
- A new journalism grant has been created in honour of late veteran broadcaster Peter Watts, who worked for CBC Sports Edmonton and was host/producer of Alberta Morning News on Corus, among many other positions throughout his 40+ year career.
- Communications specialist Grant Ainsley has written a new blog post exploring what it means to be a reporter, after recent controversies over writers from the province’s energy "war room" (the Canadian Energy Centre) referring to themselves as reporters.
- The Canadian Public Relations Society has granted accredited status to 19 members including Samantha Peck of Edmonton.
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- "In a break with convention, the editorial board has chosen to endorse two separate Democratic candidates for president," reads The New York Times’ endorsement of Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for president.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify is in talks to buy The Ringer, "a deal that would let the audiostreaming giant break into broader digital media and bring a network of more than 30 podcasts under its roof."
- iHeartMedia has initiated a round of mass layoffs, cutting enough people that one former on-air host described Tuesday (Jan. 14) as “one of the worst days in on-air radio history.”
- MediaReview is a proposed standard for fact-checking visuals and is meant to build on the existing ClaimReview which was built primarily by the Duke Reporters’ Lab, schema.org, and Google.
- From The Ringer: How the ‘Bachelor’ Franchise Became an Influencer Launchpad
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