Media Monday Edmonton: Update #359

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • According to new radio ratings released by Numeris, 102.3 NOW! continues to lead in listenership. The recently rebranded POWER 107 (formerly HOT 107) is hovering near the bottom of the ratings.
  • Congratulations to CISN Country’s Chris Scheetz, Matt DeBeurs and Jacqueline Sweeney, who were named the Canadian Country Music Association’s Major Market Personalities of the Year for the fourth time in five years.
  • Chris Chacon joins Global Edmonton as digital journalist. Chacon was previously a video journalist at Global Lethbridge.
  • Postmedia legislative reporter Clare Clancy is leaving the paper to travel. "I am a restless person and Edmonton is the longest I’ve stayed in one place," she tweeted. "I’m grateful for the last three years."
  • According to a full-page ad in the September issue of Avenue Edmonton, Global Edmonton’s Carole Anne Devaney will be returning to News Hour at 6 on Sept. 16.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • A new US-focused study has found that "despite the economic hardships that local newspapers have endured, they remain, by far, the most significant providers of journalism in their communities." The researchers say that "the long hoped for emergence of online-only outlets as comparable providers of local journalism still appears to be a long way off."
  • Google is now under antitrust investigation by 50 attorneys general for its dominance in the advertising and search businesses. The company is also being investigated along with Facebook by the Justice Department and FTC "out of concerns they may be stifling competition in the industry."
  • Nielsen says it will start including people viewing programs "out of home" in its ratings. That includes places like restaurants and hotel rooms.
  • The Verge says that YouTube creators are turning the site into a podcast network. "These creators have figured out how to make podcasts work on a platform that wasn’t designed for them, leveraging YouTube’s search algorithm to meet new audiences, make more money, and expand into a medium that’s expected to grow rapidly in the coming years."
  • Joichi Ito, who led the M.I.T. Media Lab, has stepped down after "the disclosure of his efforts to conceal his financial connections to" Jeffrey Epstein. "Mr. Ito’s resignation came less than a day after an article in The New Yorker described the measures that he and other media lab officials took to conceal its relationship with Mr. Epstein."

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.

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Edmonton Notes for September 8, 2019

I had a very relaxing weekend away, but being out of town means I missed both High Level Line Day and the launch of the Commonwealth Walkway. I hope you had the opportunity to experience one or both!

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #358

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

SONiC 102.9

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

  • Podcast platform RadioPublic has proposed a new system called PodPass that would help to deliver premium podcast content in any enabled app. "If it can gather enough momentum, it’s still a very long road for the idea to go from proposal to wide implementation," writes Hot Pod.
  • In a note to staff, New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger said a coordinated campaign by President Trump’s allies to attack hundreds of journalists in retaliation for coverage of the administration "represents an escalation of an ongoing campaign against the free press" and that "their goal is to silence critics and undermine the public’s faith in independent journalism."
  • The Membership Puzzle Project has shared an article on how smart investments in paid lead acquisition can help grow membership.
  • Apparently The Economist has more than double the amount of web traffic it receives via newsletters over the past year. Here’s more on how they grow revenue by experimenting with the digital experience.
  • If elected president next year, Bernie Sanders says he would "reverse the Trump administration’s attempts to make corporate media mergers even more likely in the future" and would "start requiring major media corporations to disclose whether or not their corporate transactions and merger proposals will involve significant journalism layoffs."

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.

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Edmonton Notes for August 25, 2019

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Open Streets Edmonton
Open Streets Edmonton

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #357

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

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.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for August 18, 2019

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Bird e-scooters
e-scooters have arrived

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #356

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

  • The Edmonton Journal issued an apology after receiving criticism for publishing an editorial cartoon on Aug. 1 depicting a person bearing “resemblance to anti-Semitic tropes prevalent in some anti-Jewish propaganda.”
  • The Edmonton Journal is hiring a new editor-in-chief as Mark Iype has been seconded to Postmedia Special Projects.
  • Sarah O’Donnell is leaving her role as assistant managing editor of the Edmonton Journal. While she hasn’t yet publicly confirmed where she’s headed next, her new Twitter bio says she’s “in the process of moving from ink to the airwaves.” O’Donnell was a guest on the latest Press Gallery episode reflecting on starting the podcast. She talks about how the podcast has grown, and says she started it as a way to “demystify the process of political reporting.”
  • Former CKUA station manager, host, sports announcer and program manager Jack, a.k.a. John Worthington, passed away at age 92. The beloved broadcaster worked at CKUA for over 70 years.
  • APTN says the broadcaster will pursue criminal charges if there is further aggressive behaviour towards its female reporters, after two separate incidents last month.


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

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.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for August 11, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Asleep At The Wheel
Asleep At The Wheel at Interstellar Rodeo, photo by Levi Manchak

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #355

Taproot Edmonton’s latest Media Roundup was published today. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Monday morning.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup, written and curated by Linda Hoang:

Bonus! I was happy to speak with Cara Bedford from Disruption Magazine about changes in media and the importance of local.


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:

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.

At Taproot Edmonton we’re working hard to ensure that local journalism has a future in our city. Join us to be part of the movement.

Edmonton Notes for July 28, 2019

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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  • Edmonton-based Fire & Flower announced a $380 million strategic investment by Couche-Tard this week. Fire & Flower plans to significantly accelerate its growth and expansion with the funds. With such exciting news for our city, it was really disheartening to hear CEO Trevor Fencott on Ryan Jespersen’s show saying that Edmonton has been the most difficult municipality to work with.
  • The City’s credit rating has been downgraded to AA, the first drop in 15 years. "The downgrade was as a result of the city’s growing debt burden to fund more infrastructure spending, S&P analysts said, pointing to the Valley Line LRT extension to west Edmonton."
  • Two of the three shortlisted teams to build the Valley Line West LRT have backed out, prompting the City to reopen bidding. "We’re impacted by other people’s corporate decisions in this case," said Bruce Ferguson, branch manager of LRT expansion and renewal. The city initially planned to move into the next stage of the proposal process next week.
  • I’m not holding my breath, but Elise Stolte writes that we might have a growth boundary for the Edmonton region. "A task force of local mayors and councillors with the 13-member Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board have been working on the challenge for almost a year. In June, they approved, in concept, the first fuzzy line on the map for Edmonton’s agriculture or growth boundary."
  • With plenty of arena discussion taking place down in Calgary right now, CBC wonders if Rogers Place was worth it. "Tony Caterina, one of three councillors who voted against the deal in 2013, cautions against giving the arena undue credit for downtown development."
  • I really enjoyed Taste of Edmonton at Capital Plaza again this year. Count me among the Edmontonians who aren’t looking forward to a return to Churchill Square, even though as an event organizer I completely understand how much better Churchill Square is.
  • Apparently sneaker culture is growing in Edmonton. "Shane Breau, owner of The Shoe Shine Shack, discovered the city’s growing sneaker communities on local Facebook and Instagram groups, and at Edmonton’s annual sneaker and streetwear trade show Sole Good."
  • On This Spot is a new app that lets you peer into Edmonton’s past with walking tours, historic photos, and geolocation features to highlight historic areas of the city.
  • The leaky Law Courts building should have repairs finished this year. But we might still need a new building anyway.
  • Edmonton led the province with 40 finalists for the 2019 BILD Alberta Awards, ahead of Calgary which had 24. The awards will be presented September 13.
  • The Holowach tree downtown is about to turn 100 years old and Dan Rose is gathering support to recognize the tree’s historical significance. "Around 1920, Walter Holowach came home from Vienna with a horse chestnut seed in his violin case and planted it in the family’s downtown Edmonton yard."
  • In Episode 48 of Speaking Municipally we discuss affordable housing with special guest Duncan Kinney. The show is now on break until August 16!
  • Get the latest on Media, Tech, Food, Health Innovation, Music, Business, and Council with Taproot Edmonton’s latest roundups.

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UofA Golden Bears vs UofC Dinos, photo by Sangudo

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