Media Monday Edmonton: Update #70

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

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You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Sharing the news differently

Thursday was a big day for the local media as Alberta’s Budget 2013 was released. To share the plethora of related information the Government of Alberta did more than just put out a press release, once again building a mini-site. That site contains lots of text, but also some charts and other visualizations in the highlights section. While the news was primarily covered in traditional ways by the local media, with plain text newspaper stories and high-level radio and television interviews,they also used the opportunity to further experiment with new ways of covering the news.

Perhaps the most interesting approach was the Edmonton Journal’s collection of visualizations:

Use the visualizations to find out exactly where your tax dollars are going, what the government’s priorities are and how the "bitumen bubble" has affected the government’s spending plans.

The visualizations were built by Lucas Timmons and utilized the fantastic D3.js library. Great stuff!

CBC also went with a visualization, choosing to illustrate the so-called “bitumen bubble” in advance of the budget.

Use the interactive timeline to watch the bitumen bubble grow and follow along the news stories describing the growing fiscal crisis.

While it would have been nice to see more related stories linked, I like the timeline approach.

For coverage during the budget announcements, many outlets turned to live blogs. Both Global Edmonton and CTV Edmonton made use of Scribble to power their live blogs. The Huffington Post Alberta also did a live blog using the HuffPo’s homegrown platform. I’m not sure how successful these approaches are, especially given the widespread use of Twitter during “events” like the budget announcement.

Metro decided to go with a Storify to capture the reaction to the budget news, pulling in relevant tweets. The Huffington Post Alberta did something similar with its slideshow approach to calling out tweets. This seems to be a common approach nowadays, and it can be a great tool for those simply looking to catch up.

Finally, while I’m not a huge fan of the format, the Huffington Post Alberta created a visual slideshow to share what it saw as the highlights of the budget. It’s a bit reminiscent of a Pecha Kucha presentation, but I wish it contained more substance.

That’s a quick look at some of the interesting ways the local media covered the budget news last week. Did I miss any? What was your favorite?

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #69

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Capital Ideas Edmonton’s fourteenth event: How do I find funding for my business?

Magazine Giveaway from Zinio

I don’t normally do giveaways, but I thought this one seemed relevant. Zinio bills itself as the world’s largest newsstand, with more than 5000 magazine titles available in digital editions as of 2012. They’ve got apps for most major platforms and promise publishers the ability to “increase circulation and advertising revenue” without increasing distribution costs. Zinio was named one of the 20 best iOS and Android apps of 2012.

Zinio is running two promotions at the moment. The first gives you $7.50 off your next purchase when you spend $15 (ends March 15). The second is a 50% discount on select titles (ends March 19). To help spread the word, Zinio has given me 10 free magazine subscriptions to giveaway. All you need to do to enter this contest is leave a comment below with your first and last name by March 18, after which I’ll randomly choose 10 winners. Good luck!

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #68

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

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Vassey Kapelos and Julie Matthews from Global Edmonton with Bill Fortier from CTV Edmonton at Meet the Media! Photo by Trevor Boller.

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Cheeky billboard from up! 99.3 FM

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #67

Happy Family Day! Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Big news for The Yeggies! The shortlist of nominees has been announced, as has the date and location for the event. Mark your calendars for May 4th at the Shaw Conference Centre! I am honored to have been nominated in the “Best in Edmonton” and “Best in Political or Current Affairs” categories.
  • Can’t wait for Meet the Media happening on Friday at The Underground Tap & Grill. Looks like it’ll be a full house with 160 people registered!
  • I have to admit, I was not familiar with #fashionfridays until Sharon pointed out this article to me: “The hashtag has since morphed into a way for Edmontonians to highlight local trends, inspire new wardrobe ideas and for the city’s designers contributing to the #fashionfridays to gain worldwide exposure.”
  • Chris Cameron is the new “midday guy” on 105.9 ShineFM.
  • The next Writer’s Corner is coming up on Sunday at the Riverbend Branch of EPL and the topic is blogging! Sharon Yeo and Dave Cournoyer are the featured guests.
  • SONiC has a new evening weekend show featuring Jason Parsons called SUBSONiC. The show will feature original songs and remixes from bands like Metric, Deadmau5, and M83.
  • Love this: RIP Jimmy the News Fish.
  • Apparently it was World Radio Day on February 13, though I’m not sure how seriously to take that after seeing the website.
  • Lucas calls out CBC for claiming they have exclusives when they really don’t. That led to a few snarky replies from Charles Rusnell. You can check out the entire back-and-forth here. I know the local media generally don’t talk about one another publicly, but I would welcome more of this.
  • I really appreciate this look at web stats in Relinked, and I enjoy the commentary too: “I have a working theory that if you printed out each and every online reader comment that stemmed from the Journal’s coverage of the bicycle lane story, the resulting paper trail would be longer than the 23 kilometres of lanes the city plans to paint this year.”
  • The Art of Conversation LXXVIII takes place on February 27 at Kelly’s Pub. “Bring a friend or two! No need to RSVP. All we ask is you stick out your hand and strike up a conversation with someone you’ve not met before. Leave your career at the door! This is not about networking, or marketing, or any such nonsense. It’s about good conversation.”
  • EPCOR was the talk of Twitter this week as word spread that they had cut off power for a senior. In response, EPCOR tried to clarify the facts, but that doesn’t appear to have had much effect on the discussion on Twitter. Linda wrote more about the story in her latest column.

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #66

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #65

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

On Oprah and the truck nuts…

Last week I wrote about Oprah in Edmonton, and I complimented Global Edmonton’s Carole Anne Devaney. I thought she did a pretty good job warming the crowd up before Oprah came out. One of the “gifts” she gave to Oprah was a purse that looked like “truck nuts”. Both women joked about it, but that didn’t stop the online fallout that followed. Todd makes a great point in his post:

We’re leaving someone with over 16 million Twitter followers with an image, a memory, of our city — of us. Randomness is wrong. An empty joke is wrong.

I agree that you can be funny and smart at the same time, and I agree that we probably could have made better use of the opportunity. In particular I would have loved to have seen a local book as one of the gifts. That said, there were some really great gifts, like the basket from Duchess.

I don’t think Carole Anne is the bad guy (as some have made her out to be). Two thoughts on that:

  • The event’s sponsors included EEDC and the Chamber of Commerce. I don’t know what their involvement was in the event, but it seems reasonable to assume that the two primary organizations responsible for tourism and business in our city might have had some input. Clearly we need to make sure they’re on board with Make Something Edmonton and that they catch and capitalize on opportunities like this.
  • Carole Anne said in her remarks that she asked some Edmontonians for input on the gifts. I don’t recall what she said specifically about the “truck nuts” purse, but I wouldn’t be surprised if dozens of Edmontonians had suggested it (or something like it). I think this underscores the mountain of work that Make Something Edmonton has ahead of it. It’s an uphill battle.

Very, very few Edmontonians said “what are truck nuts” in response to hearing about the “gift”. We may not have created them here in Edmonton, but judging by the number you see around town and the general awareness of what they are, we seem to have adopted them, for better or worse. Maybe we should start a Make Something Edmonton campaign to go around town cutting them off? Kidding, of course.

It’s easy to complain about what happened and it’s easy to point to things that better reflect Edmonton after the fact. The challenge is learning from this to do better next time. Let’s focus our energy on that.

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Cameras among the crowd at Oprah last week!

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #64

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Have you heard? 92.5 JOE FM has been renamed to 925 Fresh FM. They must be doing the new format/station on a tiny budget. Not only is their logo horrendous, but their website consists entirely of embedded Facebook and Twitter widgets. Maybe that’s the way it is done now. Or maybe they just blew the budget on the front page ad in the Edmonton Sun. Even more curiously, they decided to create NEW social media profiles rather than take advantage of the existing communities they had created. Over 2300 followers on Twitter and 4600 likes on Facebook, just thrown away. Here’s the PSR thread on the switch.

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #63

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

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You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #62

Happy New Year! Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.

So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!

You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here.