Media Monday Edmonton: Update #377

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:

  • Rebel News Network is counter-suing Edmonton writer Bashir Mohamed with a $150,000 "SLAPP" suit (strategic lawsuit against public participation). The move comes after Mohamed launched legal action against RNN in December for failing to remove a video and articles that he says "contains numerous lies and was intended to harass me and cast me as a violent person." Mohamed has raised over $30,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to help cover legal fees for the suit.
  • "The time is now for the Alberta government to cut its losses and put an end to this experiment," Global News Radio talk show host Rob Breakenridge writes in a column about the Canadian Energy Centre.
  • The Stony Plain Road BIA is launching a new community newspaper called The SPANN: Stony Plain Road & Area News Network. Paula Kirman, editor of the Boyle McCauley News has announced that she will be the new editor/consultant for The SPANN, which will serve Canora, Glenwood, Britannia-Youngstown, and West Jasper Place-Sherwood.
  • Moira Wyton announced that she is leaving the Edmonton Journal. "I’ll make you proud in my next step (more on that soon)," she tweeted.
  • Janet French has moved on from her legislative role at the Edmonton Journal. She is now the provincial affairs reporter at CBC Edmonton.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • A cross-industry, cross-country group of media companies have issued a joint letter asking for Parliament to address the "threat" against "the future of a vibrant media ecosystem in Canada."
  • The New Yorker is launching a new weekly email newsletter dedicated to climate change. It will be "written by perhaps the biggest name in environmental journalism, Bill McKibben."
  • CJR and The Delacorte Review have published The Year of Fear, "the story of four towns that have little in common but the loss of the newspapers they once knew."
  • Netflix is adding a new feature "that will rank the 10 most popular programs on its service in your country," reports TechCrunch.
  • A new digital magazine called The Current is a publication of Jigsaw, a unit of Google previously known as Google Ideas. The inaugural edition is "mostly a cursory overview of disinformation, alongside brief descriptions of some tools that Google has used to combat the problem, gussied up with a coat of digital paint," writes Mathew Ingram.

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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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #376

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:

  • "It’s no exaggeration to say that much of the American newspaper industry is in a death spiral," writes Margaret Sullivan at The Washington Post. "Yet local newspapers are relatively well-trusted — and the vacuum created as they fade allows false information to spread."
  • Publishes are finding that producing less content is leading to growing audience traffic, higher dwell times, and ultimately more subscribers.
  • The Information achieved profitability in 2016 and expects $20 million in sales by the end of 2020, according to a new feature published by The New York Times. "As other online organs have bloated and intermittently fasted, The Information’s reporters have become known in Silicon Valley for sniffing out the industry’s misdeeds and tweaking its powerful."
  • According to a new report from McKinsey & Company, women make up 49% of the total workforce in media and entertainment but hold just 27% of C-suite positions.
  • "The tech industry needs to understand that a challenging press is important component of society," writes Hunter Walk. He includes four things for the tech industry to rethink and three things that reporters should avoid.

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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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #375

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:

  • In a 23-tweet thread, Progress Alberta, an independent non-profit which organizes training, research, as well as political and community initiatives, says they felt compelled to speak out "with particular urgency" following two Postmedia columns which it says "sunk to such ethical and professional lows" while "aggressively" promoting UCP positions.
  • Mark Iype announced his time as editor-in-chief for the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun has come to an end after six years. "No idea what’s next, so onward," Iype tweeted.
  • The Edmonton Journal’s Press Gallery podcast, where reporters discussed provincial politics for nearly six years, has been cancelled, former host Emma Graney tweeted.
  • Chris Henderson, formerly of Calder Bateman Communications; Alana Williams, formerly of DDB Edmonton; and Tracy With, formerly of Yardstick Research, have come together to launch Y Station Communications & Research, "a reimagined communications strategy company."
  • Congratulations to Claire Theobald who is the new investigative journalist for Great West Newspapers. Claire will be "touring the province bringing stories you won’t find anywhere else."


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • A new report on Canada’s broadcasting sector calls for widespread regulatory reform, "including mandated Canadian content on streaming services and an ad-free CBC." The report also recommends rebranding the CRTC as the Canadian Communications Commission and expanding its role.
  • Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, sat down with The Daily "to discuss how criticism of The Times’s coverage of the last presidential election will inform our approach this time." Definitely worth a listen.
  • Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News, is leaving to become the new media columnist for The New York Times.
  • I’m a fan of the Morning Brew newsletter which just announced it is closing in on 2 million subscribers and has annual revenue of more than $13 million.
  • For the first time, Google has broken out YouTube’s revenue in its latest financial results: $15 billion last year. "Those figures make YouTube’s ad business nearly one fifth the size of Facebook’s, and more than six times larger than all of Amazon-owned Twitch."

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.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #374

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:

  • ESPN plans to air "more than 500 live original shows across its own digital properties and platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook," reports Digiday.
  • "More and more, publishers who engage in paid acquisition are reporting that they think about the relationships they have with their audience in increasingly nuanced ways," writes Phillip Smith in an article about newsrooms spending money to make money.
  • "As hedge funds take a greater role in newspaper chains, journalists at the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere are sending out an S.O.S.," reports The New York Times.
  • "If the media world were ruled by thoughtfulness, rigor and ethics, TMZ wouldn’t have broken the news about Sunday’s helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others before all the families were notified," writes Margaret Sullivan at The Washington Post.
  • In China, the government "usually keeps a tight grip on what is said, seen and heard about it." But things are different with the coronavirus. "The sheer amount of criticism have made it difficult for Beijing to control the message," reports The New York Times.

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.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #373

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:

  • 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.


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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.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #372

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.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #371

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:

  • CJR has confirmed more than 3,160 newsroom layoffs in 2019, 800 of which came from Verizon a year ago.
  • "Internet media over the past decade surpassed TV, radio, magazines and newspapers to become the biggest employment sector in media," reports Ad Age. Not surprisingly, the biggest losses came in print media. "The media jobs pie is shrinking. But the internet’s slice is only getting bigger."
  • From The Atlantic, here are the 50 best podcasts of 2019. So much to listen to, so little time.
  • Netflix picked up just one Golden Globe for TV at last night’s awards, fewer than both Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
  • Margaret Sullivan (The Washington Post), Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Ben Smith (BuzzFeed News), Kara Swisher (Recode), and other American media figures "describe their fears about covering this year’s election – and ideas on how to get it right" in The Guardian.

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.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #370

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:

  • We can’t fight fake news without saving local journalism, says Emily Bell.
  • LION Publishers has received a $1 million grant to help it do more for local, independent, online news sites.
  • Netflix had about 6.5 million subscribers in Canada as of the end of Q3 2019.
  • Axios is looking to raise at least $20 million in a funding round that would value the company at about $200 million.
  • "Those who care about the vitality of journalism should here take a pause and ask why they don’t feel disturbed," writes Marc Ambinder in the New York Times about the House Intelligence Committee’s subpoena of John Solomon’s phone records.

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.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #369

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 me this week while Linda is on vacation:

  • 102.3 NOW! Radio (CKNO) continues to lead the pack according to the latest radio ratings released by Numeris.
  • Greg Schmaltz, founding member of the Edmonton Broadcasters Club, died on Thursday, Nov. 28 at the age of 85. He joined CITV-TV in 1974 for the station’s founding and retired in 1997. Schmaltz was inducted in to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Half Century Club in 2007.
  • Publicity Room has joined Calgary-based marketing and PR agency Press + Post, effective immediately. "Publicity Room has rebranded as Press + Post Edmonton becoming the first-of-its-kind contemporary lifestyle marketing agency in Western Canada," wrote Publicity Room founder Janis Galloway.
  • Bashir Mohamed co-hosted Episode 241 of CANADALAND to discuss what happened with the Edmonton Catholic Schools and his interview on 630 CHED (see last week’s Media Roundup for more on this).
  • The first two episodes of the new podcast A Tale of Two Weeklies have been released. Episode 1 focuses on how SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly got started in the early 90s, and Episode 2 looks at the early days of their rivalry.


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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.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #368

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:

  • 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.


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.