Media Monday Edmonton: Update #368

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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.


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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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #367

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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #366

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 Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Pattison) has acquired a minority share in Edmonton digital agency Lift Interactive Inc. (Lift). The acquisition is set to grow Pattison’s advertising footprint adding "significant capabilities" in digital marketing, design, and technology development.
  • Liane Faulder is celebrating 30 years at the Edmonton Journal. Over the last three decades, Faulder has worked as a freelance columnist, part-time editor of the children’s section, city columnist, television critic, Sunday features writer, food writer, and is currently the paper’s city and theatre writer. "It’s been so much fun," Faulder wrote in a Facebook post.
  • 840 CFCW is celebrating 65 years. Former morning show host Sean Burke tweeted a tribute, that said his three and a half years at the station are ones he’ll never forget.
  • CKUA Radio Network’s fall fundraiser brought in over $550,000. The donor-supported arts organization needs to raise $1.2 million each year to keep operating. Another campaign is planned for next spring.
  • Dave Sutherland is the new editor of SkyriseEdmonton, a website covering skyscrapers, architecture, design, construction and urban centre development.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • The Ringer reports that the recent Deadspin resignations are the latest example of "the Mavening" in which "media overlords taunt readers by forcing them to watch as they drag around the corpse of a beloved friend."
  • Local news is more trusted that national news, but it is also the second-least trusted local institution, just ahead of local government, reports NiemanLab.
  • Seth Meyers requested that Netflix offer a skip button to allow viewers to jump over jokes about President Donald Trump in his new stand-up special, Lobby Baby. "He doesn’t actually believe fans of his who tune in to watch will skip over Trump jokes, but having the ability to leverage Netflix’s technology to make the joke land harder was something he wanted to try."
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, argues in an op-ed that "Facebook is incapable of vetting political ads effectively and consistently at the global scale" and that "political ads are essential to maintaining the company’s presence in countries around the world."
  • The BBC is establishing a new standalone non-profit body to run the Local News Partnership. The goal is to expand the local democracy reporting service.

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 #365

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Canada West Conference has cancelled keynote speaker Vivian Krause.
  • It’s Time Edmonton (a City Council initiative) asked local media to use active over passive language when reporting on sexual violence, as the former "places blame appropriately on the perpetrators, not the survivors."
  • City News reporter Rachelle Elsiufi has a message for Edmonton cameramen: "stop touching me."
  • Ever wonder how media cover budget day? Star Alberta editor Alex Boyd tweeted a behind the scenes thread explaining what budget day looks like for journalists and why they are up early, even though the budget isn’t tabled until later in the day.
  • Former 630 CHED radio producer Morgan Black celebrated "one of the best jobs in the world" on her last day with the station. She is headed to Global Edmonton to be their new community reporter.

Linda Cochrane announces her retirement
Councillor Scott McKeen talks to reporters at City Hall

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 #364

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • Postmedia Network and its chain of over 20 publications including the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun, have endorsed Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.
  • News Media Canada, which represents hundreds of newspapers across the country, has taken out ads attacking Canada Post for "undercutting local newspapers by using its exclusive access to lock boxes, apartment buildings and condos." The ad was tweeted twice by the Edmonton Journal, on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, encouraging voters to "speak to your candidates to support local journalists."
  • Former CTV Edmonton political reporter Kevin Armstrong is now with City News. Armstrong was in his role at CTV for over 4 years before shifting to government relations in 2013. After two years with the province, he took on several other communications and marketing roles before returning to the news industry. "Who says you can’t go home?" Armstrong tweeted, with a photo of him holding a City News mic at the legislature.
  • "The world needs good journalism and good journalists now more than ever," Global Edmonton anchor Gord Steinke tells Cam Tait in a feature about Steinke and the new $21,000 bursary Corus Entertainment created in Steinke’s name at the University of Regina.
  • Congratulations to Rob Pepper of KiSS 91.7, this year’s winner of the Edmonton Comedy Festival’s Media Challenge. CTV Edmonton’s Nahreman Issa lost by one point.


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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 #363

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 #362

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:

  • Sen. Paula Simons is being sued for defamation in a $500,000 lawsuit. The suit against the former Edmonton Journal columnist was launched by the caregivers of a four-year-old girl named Serenity who died in September 2014.
  • Jacquie Tam, the University of Alberta’s vice president of university relations, has resigned after criticism of a controversial billboard ad that promoted the benefits of climate change.
  • Digital marketing agency Top Draw has announced they are rebranding. "This November, we’ll begin our 26th year in business. We’re gearing up to step into this next era with an invigorated, purpose-led brand," the agency said in a release.
  • A recent episode of the Jim Jefferies Show featured a segment about the Edmonton Eskimos team name. The clip, where Jefferies describes Canadians as being ‘so reasonable,’ includes interviews with Esks fans and the Inuit community.
  • Vintage Edmonton shared this throwback air check from The Bill and Bill Show, which ran from 1976 to 1993, and was co-hosted by Edmonton broadcasters Bill Matheson and Bill Jackson.


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • "In an era in which trust in news is fractured and employment is precarious, we need to look more closely at the ways that journalists’ sense of their own professional value — or lack thereof — influences the work they do and the environment in which they do it," writes Mark Coddington.
  • Joe Biden’s team has written to TV news channels asking them to keep Rudy Giuliani off the air. “By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation,” the letter reads.
  • Maybe I should figure out what this TikTok thing is all about. The company has earned more than $7 billion USD in revenue through the first half of the year. "Analysts have called ByteDance a strong threat to other Chinese tech industry firms including social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and search engine leader Baidu Inc."
  • Food52, the recipe site co-founded by former New York Times columnist Amanda Hesser, has been sold for more than $80 million USD to The Chernin Group. "That’s a nice and somewhat surprising outcome for Food52, which faced competition from around the internet over the course of its lifetime."
  • From CJR: Five tips for journalists on covering trans and nonbinary people

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 #361

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • Should media (including bloggers) covering a Fringe show be obligated to write a review of every show they see? This question was posed by Globe and Mail western arts correspondent Marsha Lederman after she was denied press access to the Vancouver Fringe, citing "controversy over media passes at the Edmonton Fringe."
  • Congratulations to Ryan Jackson, who is joining the City of Edmonton’s Communications and Engagement Department as their new staff video storyteller.
  • Global Edmonton graphic designer Tonia Gloweski was profiled at the NAIT Nugget. "[Graphics are] another tool to use to get our point across and help the viewers digest the story a bit more," she says.
  • Former A-Channel news personality Rob Hislop is featured in Marty Forbes’ latest Edmonton Sun column. Hislop has ventured into photography and his photos from two trips to Africa can be seen at a Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts exhibit.
  • Allarco Entertainment, an Edmonton-based company that operates Super Channel, has filed a lawsuit against Best Buy, Staples, London Drugs and Canada Computers for alleged complicity "in promoting content piracy by selling Internet streaming devices."


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Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • The 2019 Emmy’s were broadcast on Sunday night with viewership plummeting to an all-time low, reaching just 6.9 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic. "That also represents a 33% rating decline on last year’s Monday night show on NBC and roughly the same on the 2017 ceremony which also aired on a Sunday night on CBS."
  • A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, says in a new op-ed there is "a worldwide assault on journalists and journalism" and that "I do not believe President Trump has any intention of changing course or muting his attacks on journalists."
  • The US-based Institute for Nonprofit News’ annual INN Index says that "nonprofit news outlets brought in $450 million in annual revenue — $100 million more than the previous year." Just 12% of that comes from earned sources.
  • After raising $2.6 million to launch an English-language office, The Correspondent will have just one full-time journalist based in the US. The site is aiming to launch next week.
  • From Nieman Reports: What Happens When Weekly Newspapers Disappear? "No one at city council and school board meetings, politicians rarely held accountable—and fewer stories for farmers to read and decide whether they need to get mad."

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 #360

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 #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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