Media Monday Edmonton: Update #332

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

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Honourable Jim Prentice, Alberta’s 16th Premier, Recognized with Legislature Portrait, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #331

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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


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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 #330

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • The 20th annual Corus Radiothon took place last week raising a total of $1,564,455 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the highest two-day total since the event began in 1999. The annual radiothon has raised more than $23 million over the last 20 years.
  • Long-time Alberta broadcaster Peter Watts died in Calgary on Friday morning at the age of 68. In a statement, Watts’ family said he “peacefully passed away.” Watts began his career at CBC Edmonton in 1976.
  • After 21 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, PA announcer Al Stafford is leaving to become the PA announcer with the Edmonton Oilers. “Thanks for your years of service to the Edmonton Eskimos and all the best calling the @EdmontonOilers!” tweeted the Eskimos.
  • Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network Roundup. They have added Shaw Business as a new sponsor.
  • Via Vintage Edmonton, here’s a 630 CHED Aircheck from 1977 featuring Wes Mongomery, Jerry Forbes, Stan Ravendahl, Eddie Keen, Randy Kilburn, Ken Conners, Barry Wall, Don Kennedy, Chuck Chandler, Bob Layton, C.R. Nichols and Clifford Oginski.

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Premier speaks at Alberta Industrial Heartland Conference, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • Facebook has announced it is spending $300 million over the next three years on news partnerships and programming, with an emphasis on local.
  • Phillip Smith, who has launched a series of journalism entrepreneurship bootcamps, argues that journalism innovation has a pipeline problem. “The same people getting support today are the people that have always had support, and those are typically people who are financially able to take a risk on a full-time academic program or a full-time startup attempt — basically, the status quo, just with smaller budgets.”
  • The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has shared its 2019 Trends and Predictions report. They predict ongoing trends “are likely to lead to the biggest wave of journalistic lay-offs in years – weakening further the ability of publishers to hold populist politicians and powerful business leaders to account.”
  • Last year, someone gave the City of Calgary an advance copy of a column written by the Calgary Sun’s Rick Bell. But it wasn’t Bell or his editor.
  • BuzzFeed says its story about Donald Trump directing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was reviewed by at least three editors and that they’re sticking by it, even though Robert Mueller’s office took the “extraordinary step” of issuing a statement challenging the story’s accuracy.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #329

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

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Photo by Don Voaklander

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 #328

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • CKRA-FM returned from its all-Christmas-music format on Dec. 26 with a new name: 96.3 The Breeze. The format is not unique to Edmonton, with Vancouver’s CHLG-FM making the switch to The Breeze last month.
  • Larry Donohue retired as CFCW’s Music Director on Dec. 21 after 50 years in radio, 35 of them with CFCW. “On Larry’s last day country’s shining star Brett Kissel came into the station and serenaded Larry with the song “The Cowboy Rides Away” and then shared with the staff how much Larry’s support propelled his career by playing his music on CFCW,” reports Marty Forbes. CFCW drive host AJ Keller has taken over the Music Director responsibilities.
  • A trailer has been released for Boyle McCauley News: 40 Years – The Little Community Newspaper That Could. The film will be released in March.
  • News from the Alberta Podcast Network: The Read-Along and OtherWise are the newest members and six member podcasts have been nominated for Canadian Podcast Awards. Here is the latest APN roundup.
  • Linda Hoang has shared some best practices for businesses looking to work with social media influencers. “When both sides treat influencer requests as a professional business exchange, the influencer marketing industry will be better.”

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City Hall Media Room

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 #327

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • I spoke with Marvin Polis about the state of digital journalism for the newest episode of the IABC Edmonton podcast.
  • Tracy Hyatt is the new Marketing & Communications Manager at the Downtown Business Association.
  • TSN’s Gord Miller tweeted that Rogers Place in Edmonton is “the worst broadcast position in the NHL by far.”
  • Episode 21 of Don’t Call Me A Guru features Alex Hryciw, Communications Advisor for the Office of the Mayor & Mayor Don Iveson.
  • MacEwan journalism professor Rey Rosales wrote about Maria Ressa, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (2018), who “took a short breather from journalistic work and spent time with our students here at MacEwan University in Edmonton as a visiting lecturer and scholar in the winter of 2016.”

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Mayor Don Iveson speaking to the media after the budget passed

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 #326

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

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Premier Notley airport news conference, 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 #325

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:

  • The political ads that have taken over radio and newspapers in Edmonton recently look and sound like news for a reason. Radio ads have run on 630 CHED, Sonic 102.9, 102.3 NOW!, and CISN Country. The front page of the Edmonton Journal has also been taken over with political ads, including one that took comments from former political columnist Graham Thomson out of context. “Thomson said a representative from Postmedia, which owns the Journal, personally apologized and told him his work would not be quoted in subsequent political ads.”
  • “Vue going down is not the end of culture in Edmonton, but it sure doesn’t help,” wrote Fish Griwkowsky in the Journal. He joined 630 CHED’s Friday round table with Stephan Boissonneault and Ron Garth from VUE Weekly to discuss the paper’s demise.
  • In his last column for VUE Weekly, Ricardo Acuña wrote about the federal government’s proposed funding for media. He says things will “only change when people realize the importance of independent media sources and actively support thoughtful and critical journalism with paid subscriptions and advertising.”
  • City of Edmonton Communications branch manager Mary Sturgeon said of efforts to boost internal news production: “It can’t be a propaganda office.”
  • 630 CHED celebrated its 25th anniversary as a news and talk station this weekend. “The station had been a successful rock station for years, but quickly suffered with the launch of FM radio.”

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Premier Notley’s opening remarks at today’s cabinet meeting, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

Something a little different this week! Last Wednesday and Thursday I was in Toronto for a gathering of digital independent news sites from across the country. These entrepreneurs are building what comes next in Canadian media and I left feeling very inspired. I plan to write more, but for now check out:

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 #324

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

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Creating a Bighorn Country for all Albertans, 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 #323

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

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Fighting to get full value for Alberta oil, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted the importance of free and independent media recently. “When citizens cannot have rigorous analysis of the exercise of the power that is in their name and they have granted, the rest of the foundation of our democracies start to erode at the same time as cynicism arises.”
  • A new estimate suggests the U.S. daily newspaper industry has seen annual revenue fall from a high of $55 billion to less than $20 billion today, with just $1.5 billion in profits. “By mind-bending comparison, Google alone takes in about $37 billion a year in EBITDA.”
  • Some people will pay for a subscription to a news site, which is encouraging. But how many total subscriptions will they pay for? “If someone’s first digital subscription is to the Times or the Post — how many are willing to pay for a second, or a third, or a fourth news site?”
  • While smart speakers are once again expected to be a popular gift this holiday season, the use of news on the devices is lagging. The main complaint is that news briefings as they currently exist are too long.
  • Here is Jay Rosen’s pitch to his followers to join The Correspondent. “What I want you to know is that I not only endorse what they are doing. It is what I would do if I started my own site.”

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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