Local updates from the Media Roundup
- The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) has announced its 2020 Prairies Region Award finalists, with CBC Edmonton and Global Edmonton leading the nominations with 11 and seven finalist pieces respectively.
- 96.3 The Breeze has taken the top spot for listenership in the latest PPM (Portable People Meter) radio ratings report, reporting a 10.2% share of hours listened up from 6.9%. NOW! 102.3 dropped to fourth overall, after 100.3 The Bear and CBC Radio One.
- Peggy Garritty has been elected chancellor by the University of Alberta Senate. Garritty is a communications professional who was owner and president of PG Communications from 1993 to 2008, then led ATB Financial’s reputation and brand team, before returning to PG Communications in 2018.
- Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds thanked Global Edmonton news anchor Gord Steinke for sharing a historical photo of his grandfather at the Alberta Legislature. Chester Reynolds served as an MLA from 1940 to 1944.
- Arts writer Mel Priestley has ended her podcast Ghost Light, and blogged about why she made the decision, including that "podcasting is a thankless job that devours your time and energy."
Media-related updates from elsewhere
Here are some non-local media links that I found interesting this week:
- "Twitter has applied a “manipulated media” tag to a doctored video of former Vice President Joe Biden that was shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino and retweeted by President Trump," reports The Verge. "It’s believed to be the first time the platform has used the tag to denote faked media."
- Based on a sample of 200 news outlets collected by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, just 23% of the top editors are women.
- "Until 2019, it has been the case that if you come across several paragraphs of text on a consistent topic with consistent subjects, you can assume that text was written or structured by a human being. That is no longer true," reports Vox. Stories generated by AI are improving quickly.
- "Journalists are overwhelmed by the information they process in their working day and want to explore solutions with third-party providers and management to make it more manageable," reports NiemanLab.
- NPR recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. "The beginning was rocky. NPR could have a brilliant piece and a poor one in the same program," reports Current. Today of course, NPR is doing just fine. I listen to their podcasts all the time!
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