Media Monday Edmonton: Update #346

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

Mayor Don Iveson
Mayor Don Iveson speaks with the media following his State of the City address

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • It seems that old media companies are flourishing while new media ventures are struggling. Why? One reason, argues Alex Sherman at CNBC, is that “nothing has been disrupted about media except the distribution model. Consumers want the same content as always.”
  • Quartz is now putting all of its articles behind a metered paywall. “The number of free Quartz articles you’ll get varies based on what the site perceives to be your likelihood of becoming a member, among other factors.”
  • A new guide from the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin says that journalism should aim to be “morally justifiable and not purely extractive or voyeuristic.”
  • Cleveland.com is experimenting with text messages from reporters. “Almost 1,200 people have signed up for the free trial in addition to a few hundred paying customers.”
  • Lots of money is still going into TV advertising, even as consumers switch to streaming services. “Despite significant viewer shortfalls for traditional TV, the nation’s broadcast and cable networks saw advance ad commitments increase 5.2% to more than $20.7 billion in 2018, according to Media Dynamics, a media consultancy.”

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 #345

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:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #344

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:

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HOT 107 at the Stantec Tower, photo by Jason Woodhead

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:

  • Avengers: Endgame took in $1.2 billion during its opening weekend, breaking all kinds of records. While showing “the power of theatres…to deliver that wildly big communal experience” it also “shows that Hollywood is increasingly reliant on spectacle to jolt people away from Facebook, Fortnite, Hulu and Netflix and into movie theaters.”
  • A new study found that “more than 80% of journalists admitted to falling for false information online” and that “only 14.9% of journalists surveyed said they had been trained on how to best report on misinformation.”
  • Bloomberg reports that according to the U.S. Census, there are now 6.4 public relations specialists for every news reporter. “It looks like the six-to-one ratio won’t be narrowing anytime soon.”
  • Thursday is World News Day, a made-in-Canada event to “recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives.” Friday is World Press Freedom Day around the world.
  • A youth-led group called Climate Justice Edmonton (CJE) “believe they are picking up steam in organizing a resistance to Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney” and his promised “war room” specifically.

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 #343

Happy Easter! With the holiday and being sick the last couple of days, I didn’t get my Edmonton Notes published last night. Onward!

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:

  • CBC will broadcast ten Canadian Premier League games this season, including two FC Edmonton games on Sept. 14 and Oct. 19. Ten additional games will be available on CBC Gem and CBC Sports, including FC Edmonton games on July 6 and Sept. 28. The partnership between CBC Sports and MEDIAPRO Canada will kick off on April 27.
  • Star Edmonton reporter Omar Mosleh wrote about hate groups in Edmonton and shared a Twitter thread to add additional context. “I spent about a day writing this story and then a week agonizing over it,” he tweeted. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector initially called the article “poor journalism” on Twitter but later called Omar to apologize.
  • Postmedia photographer Larry Wong placed third in the Sports Action category of the National Pictures of the Year awards, organized by the News Photographers Association of Canada.
  • Premier-designate Jason Kenney says the “war room” he promised to push back against negative media coverage of Alberta’s oil industry will be part of the public affairs bureau and “suggested prospective staff with private-sector experience who have a “creative” approach to communications would be the best fit.”
  • Lomography.com has a profile of Edmonton-based photography Sandy Phimester. “I’m not very good at getting my words across, but I often feel like when I’m making photographs that it’s natural for me to think and feel this way, I can get my feelings out there in a way that makes sense to me,” he says.

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Working together for a smooth transition, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #342

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • An editorial published in the Edmonton Journal endorses UCP leader Jason Kenney. The byline on the editorial reads “Edmonton Journal Editorial Board” but the piece lacks the usual sign-off at the bottom: “Local editorials are the consensus opinion of the Journal’s editorial board, comprising Mark Iype, Dave Breakenridge, Sarah O’Donnell and Bill Mah.” Former Postmedia columnist Paula Simons chimed in, tweeting “last time round, the editorial was dictated – almost literally – from Postmedia bosses in Toronto.”
  • Andrea Ross has announced she is moving to Vancouver and will be joining CBC BC. “I will miss #yeg but I am thrilled and can’t wait for new stories and cherry blossoms!” she tweeted.
  • SONiC 102.9’s Brandy Taylor has earned a Canadian Radio Music Award nomination for Music Director of the Year. Garner Andrews, Pepper & Dylan, and Al Ford also earned nominations.
  • CBC Edmonton has posted an interview with late night host Zahra Premji. “Since I was five, I knew I wanted to be a storyteller and give the voiceless a platform to share their tales,” she says.
  • Provincial political columnist Graham Thomson says “if the campaign is heated in the real world, it is positively volcanic online.” He adds: “All too often social media and “media” can melt into one.”


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #341

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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 #340

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:

  • A media consortium consisting of Postmedia, CBC, CityNews, and CTV has scheduled a leaders’ debate for Thursday, April 4 from 5:30pm to 7pm. It’ll be recorded at CTV Edmonton with Postmedia’s Emma Graney, CBC’s Kim Trynacity, CTV’s Erin Isfeld, and Courtney Theriault from CityNews on the media panel. Though not part of the consortium, Global News had said previously that it planned to broadcast a leaders’ debate.
  • Blogger Chris Nelson who writes Edmonton Weather Nerdery was featured by CBC Edmonton.
  • Episode 24 of Don’t Call Me a Guru hosted by Linda Hoang features social media influencer Brittney Le Blanc. Among other things, “Linda and Brittney discuss how social media can be used to build community.”
  • Black Press Group has laid off 25 people from the Red Deer Advocate which, according to the Media and Communications Workers of Alberta, is the last remaining daily newspaper in the area. “The pressroom and mailroom operations will be moved to other Black Press locations in Calgary and Edmonton.”
  • Andray Domise writing in Maclean’s about Canadian media leaving racism unchallenged: “I may have been a coward in failing to speak up when my brothers in Edmonton asked me to say something, or help them find a platform to say something themselves.”


Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #339

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • Finalists for the 70th annual National Newspaper Awards were announced last week and two Edmonton journalists earned nominations. Dan Barnes is a finalist in the sports category for “for reporting on the sad tale of Dorian Boose, who played in the NFL and won a championship with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, only to end up living on the streets and eventually taking his own life.” Ed Kaiser is a finalist in the sports photo category “for a picture showing a Vancouver Canucks player flying through the air as he attempts a shot on goal.”
  • Stephen Keppler has accepted a position with 101.5 EZ Rock in Kelowna. “Edmonton has been my home base for the better part of 20 years off and on,” he wrote. “I am so grateful for all of the relationships Jac and I have formed, and we will miss you ALL, thankfully we will visit for holidays and such.” His last day at 92.5 The Chuck was Friday, March 22. Keppler had been the Afternoon Drive host for the station since April 2015.
  • Corus Entertainment has Global News Decision Alberta as its “comprehensive election coverage available on all platforms.” They plan to offer both a Fact Checker and a Promise Checker.
  • Education reporter Janet French spoke about how stories about teachers are told in the media on Episode 88 of The Ed Podcast.
  • Social media influencer Linda Hoang has announced she is leaving ZGM to launch her own freelance social media strategy & consulting business.

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CBC Open House 2019, photo by Jason Woodhead

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #338

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:

  • Former Edmonton Sun photographer Perry Mah died on March 12 at the age of 60. A funeral for Mah will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 11am at the Connelly McKinley Funeral Chapel at 10011 114 Street. In lieu of flowers, donations in Perry’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alberta Diabetes Research Foundation.
  • Dean Millard has been let go by TSN1260 as part of Bell Media’s national sports radio cuts.
  • Anya Zoledziowski, a local multimedia journalist, says in a story about women of colour in journalism: “it’s important to incorporate multiple voices in the ongoing discussions around race, so we can work collaboratively to make newsrooms more inclusive.”
  • The Prairie Region finalists for the RTDNA Canada Awards have been announced. CBC Edmonton earned eight nominations, Global Edmonton picked up six, and CTV Edmonton earned three. The winners will be announced on April 6 in Saskatoon.
  • Sportsnet and APTN are teaming up to deliver the first ever NHL game in Plains Cree on Sunday. Rogers Hometown Hockey will be broadcasting live that day from Enoch Cree Nation, west of Edmonton.

CBC open house 2019
CBC Open House 2019, photo by Jason Woodhead

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #337

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:

Mayor Don Iveson
Mayor Don Iveson speaks to the media at the Smart Cities Challenge event

Media-related updates from elsewhere

And here is some non-local media news 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.