Edmonton Notes for September 9, 2018

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

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Premier Rachel Notley meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, photo by Premier of Alberta

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Edmonton Skyline

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #312

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:

  • Friday, August 31 marked the end of Gordon Kent’s reporting days at the Edmonton Journal. “After 32 years, I’m retiring to travel, maybe look for contract work and mostly find the three hobbies my wife requires to keep me out of her hair,” he tweeted.
  • Graham Thomson shared his farewell column on Friday.
  • Friday was also Shawna Randolph’s last day on Alberta Primetime. Here’s her message to viewers.
  • Mike Ross wrote about the recent changes in local radio, and particularly at K-97. “People in Edmonton radio get fired all the time – but the downsizing is escalating at an alarming rate.” He noted that Melissa Wright, recently fired from K-97, is “a broadcasting pioneer: the first female announcer on a rock station in Canada to host a show solo.”
  • “The problem for governments is, when they make an announcement, social media turns it into a big debate.” Grant Ainsley tackles why politicians still need the news media.

Trans Mountain Pipeline : Premier Notley
Trans Mountain Pipeline : Premier Notley, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • Here’s a long read from Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian. “By early 2017 the world had woken up to a problem that, with a mixture of impotence, incomprehension and dread, journalists had seen coming for some time,” he wrote. “News, the thing that helped people understand their world, that oiled the wheels of society, that pollinated communities, that kept the powerful honest – news was broken.”
  • From The Atlantic: Trump Has Changed How Teens View the News.
  • “When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age.” Maryanne Wolf writing in the Guardian says skim reading is the new normal.
  • According to a new WSJ report, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey “overruled his staff on booting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off the platform.”
  • Here is the New York Times film critic A.O. Scott on the use of technology for reviewing movies.

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 2, 2018

Happy long weekend! Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Where Will You Go?
Where Will You Go? photo by Isabell Hubert

Upcoming Events

2018 Cariwest Parade
Shirtless banjo guy, photo by Robert

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #311

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

Orville Chubb
Orville Chubb, photo by Dave Cournoyer

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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Edmonton Notes for August 26, 2018

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

Hangar 8 and Hangar 11, Blatchford Field
Hangar 8 and Hangar 11, Blatchford Field, photo by Jeff Wallace in 2010

Upcoming Events

2018 RCZC Zombie Walk
2018 RCZC Zombie Walk, photo by Robert Antoniuk

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #310

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

Photo by Andrew Neel
Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • Canadaland reports on a growing list of people who have renewed ties with The Rebel. “A year since Charlottesville, mainstream media figures have begun returning to Ezra Levant’s far-right outlet.”
  • iHeartRadio content will soon be available in Spotify thanks to a new deal between the company and Bell Media.
  • Vice and Fremantle Media co-owned publisher Munchies has signed a brand licensing deal with Triple Five Group (the Edmonton company behind West Edmonton Mall) that puts it “in charge of a food hall at American Dream, a 3 million square-foot shopping and entertainment complex set to open in the Meadowlands, New Jersey, in the spring of 2019.”
  • Writing about the Boston Globe-led publication of editorials across the United States defending press freedom last week, Margaret Sullivan says “the effort was mostly symbolic” and that “what’s really needed is a more practical kind of collaboration — and plenty of it.”
  • Netflix has started testing video promotions between episodes and movies, which caused a bunch of people to freak out thinking that commercials are on the way. “A company spokesperson said that the videos are not ads or commercials, but personalized recommendations for other shows and movies that appear on Netflix.”

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Edmonton Notes for August 19, 2018

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

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Animethon 25 - 2018
Animethon 25, photo by IQRemix

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #309

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • Sticks & Stones Communications has released a trailer for its first major documentary called Ha Ling Peak. Check it out on Vimeo. The film will air on CBC in Alberta and BC at 7pm on August 18.
  • Shanelle Kaul is leaving CTV Edmonton for a new job at CP24 in Toronto. She has been here in Edmonton since February 2016 and served as a reporter and weekend anchor. “Edmonton will always be a special place,” she tweeted.
  • Robert Makichuk tweeted about the Gretzky trade 30 years ago. He covered the news conference for CTV Edmonton. “What stands out in my memory is not so much #99’s tears, but the fact that one of the photographers from @edmontonjournal thanked him for the years of great pix. Applause from all the shooters.”
  • According to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, Louie DeBrusk and Drew Remenda will be switching spots for certain Oilers games. OilersNation has the details.
  • Jason Redfern proposed on Twitter a group media bike ride day. “In order to have any credibility reporting on #yegbike stories you should ride the bike lanes and paths, ride in traffic and for extra credit ride on any road outside of town where you’re sure to be buzzed, threatened and/or possibly hit.” Marty Forbes pointed out there are a few long-term cyclists in the media.

Photo by Andrew Neel
Photo by Andrew Neel 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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Edmonton Notes for August 12, 2018

Here are my weekly Edmonton notes:

Headlines

[Deep Purple Intensifies]
Deep Purple Intensifies, photo by Dave Sutherland

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Don't Panic!
Don’t Panic!, photo by Kurt Bauschardt

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #308

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • Corus Entertainment’s CKNG-FM, broadcasting at 92.5 FM, has rebranded to 92.5 The ‘Chuck. “Buff up the Talus balls and grab a green onion cake,” reads the news release.
  • Taproot Edmonton is launching a weekly municipal politics podcast called Speaking Municipally. Hosted by Troy Pavlek and myself, the podcast will feature 20-30 minute conversations about the context surrounding decisions made at City Hall. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
  • Sarolta Saskiw is joining CityNews Edmonton from Winnipeg. “I’ve had an amazing 2 years covering stories here in Winnipeg, and have met so many great people,” she tweeted.
  • Digging in the Dirt is looking for your support on STORYHIVE. The 20-minute documentary builds on Omar Mouallem’s award-winning investigative feature for BuzzFeed News.
  • Karen Unland will make podcast recommendations on CBC Radio on Tuesday afternoon. “Catch her chat about true crime podcasts at about 3:35 p.m. on CBC Calgary’s The Homestretch and at about 4:05 p.m. on CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active.”

92.5 The 'Chuck at the Edmonton Heritage Festival

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • After 14 years, Postmedia’s arts & entertainment magazine Swerve Calgary has “been discontinued.” Listings will continue online and in the Herald, they say. It’s too bad the shutdown happened during the summer holidays, because it doesn’t sound like the editorial team will have a chance to put together a final issue.
  • Margaret Sullivan writes in the Washington Post about the local-news crisis: “And to make matters worse, many are owned by hedge funds that couldn’t care less about journalism. They are only interested in bleeding the papers dry of whatever remaining profits they can produce with ever-shrinking staffs.” And later: “What’s more, as papers decline, there’s less reason to subscribe because coverage isn’t what it used to be.”
  • “People will support local news and investigative reporting, they just need to see themselves in that coverage or see that it helps them identify solutions for everyday problems,” writes Tracie Powell in a piece on connecting audience to revenue.
  • The New York Times has an update on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service that will compete with Netflix.
  • Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify have finally done the right thing and have banned the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars website from their platforms. “The lone major social network to still allow Jones unfettered access is Twitter, where the broadcaster has a “verified” account.”

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.