Media Monday Edmonton: Update #21

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • Meshwest is happening tomorrow! Stay tuned to #meshwest for updates.
  • The biggest media news of the week was probably the PC Leadership vote. I was up late that night with a lot of other people, watching the results come in and enjoying the discussion on Twitter. I agree that it took a ridiculously long time for the results to be finalized, but it bothers me that some of the mainstream media keep complaining about it. In a different scenario they’d be jumping up and down about how these kinds of stories would not be covered if the mainstream media no longer existed or was diminished, because you can’t count on social media users to go and sit through the four or five hour process. To say nothing of the fact that the complaining reflects archaic distribution mechanisms more than it does any problem with the actual vote process.
  • Metro Edmonton reports that it now reaches 71,600 readers daily and 205,100 weekly in the greater Edmonton area, an increase of 4% daily and 20% weekly over the 2009-2010 numbers.
  • Congratulations to the Edmonton Journal, recognized with six nominations for the 2011 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The awards will be presented in Toronto on October 24. Maybe I should enter next year…
  • OMNI is set to become Canada’s first national multi-language broadcaster to move beyond French and English. Stories filed from Edmonton and Calgary will “include national significance.”
  • Ara Adonian will be taking over the PM Drive on The Bounce starting in November. Speculation has Jake Ryan moving to Virgin Radio.
  • Gordon Klassen has been named Sales Manager for 105.9 Shine FM and AM 930 The Light here in Edmonton.
  • Could local radio find its way back to Leduc? Mark Tamagi is behind the push to get Leduc One FM Radio approved.
  • In Karen’s latest Edmonton New Media Roundup, she talks about how lots is happening in Edmonton. There’s so much going on, and we need a better way to tell everyone.
  • As Karen pointed out, a new online magazine called KikkiPlanet launched this week. The launch party video features a number of familiar faces from Edmonton’s new media scene:

  • I’m not sure how long these have been around, but I only just noticed the new Sum Media stands around town. This one, at the Italian Centre Shop in the southside, features the Examiner, 24 Hours, has Italian Centre branding, and has room for them to make other newspapers available as well. I like it. The newspaper area is cleaner, and Sun Media benefits with the prominent branding.

Sun Media Stand

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #20

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

EIA Infographic in the Edmonton Sun

  • Here is the Edmonton Journal’s Community Advisory Board. I’m in such great company! At our first meeting last week, Postmedia’s Director of Social Media Alex Blonski showed us The Bridge, the forthcoming community news site:

Edmonton Journal: The Bridge

  • Planning is well underway for MediaCamp Edmonton 2, but we need your input. Fill out our online survey to help us determine what the day should look like. Thanks in advance, and save the date – January 28, 2012!
  • mesh west is making a stop in Edmonton next Tuesday, October 4. I’m on a panel about open data, and am looking forward to the other sessions as well. See you there!

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #19

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • I thought Karen (pictured below with Clay Shirky in the background) did a fantastic job at Pecha Kucha Night 11, talking about what journalism needs now. She told journalists to “french kiss change” and to “hump change’s leg”. Here’s my recap, in case you missed it.

Pecha Kucha 11 - 572

  • Tonight was the opening reception for the 2011 GoMedia Canada Conference at the Art Gallery of Alberta. This is the first time Edmonton has hosted the event. More than 120 travel journalists are attending and will get the next few days to experience Edmonton and the capital region.

GoMedia Canada 2011 Opening Reception

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #18

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

Here’s a recap video of Pecha Kucha 10, courtesy of Telus TV:

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #17

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • The biggest media news of the week is also the saddest: Jeff & Sally have decided that September 9 will be the last day for the edmontonian. They wrote: “Our heads are bursting with ideas and schemes (seriously, call the head hospital!) and this will let us make space for new things to come our way.” In other words, we haven’t seen the last of Jeff & Sally (thankfully). Here’s their first “look back” post. I’ll have more on this next week, and I can’t wait to see all of the tributes that are created over the next while. The outpouring of support today has been great to see.
  • Looking to get your feet wet with podcasting? The Unknown Studio is looking for contributors. Simply pitch your segment idea by September 30 and you could be a regular feature on the show!
  • It’s that time of year! Karen looks at education in her latest Edmonton New Media Roundup.
  • Erin Despas did an interview with Julie Matthews, Global Edmonton’s Trouble Shooter. “With sixteen years of experience in journalism, the thirty-five year old journalist has been with Global Edmonton for seven and a half years. Matthews has no plans currently to leave her job.”
  • I discovered recently that Avenue Edmonton’s Omar Mouallem also contributes to the AOL Travel Canada blog! Cool to see him talking up Edmonton beyond our city’s borders.
  • I quite like the Government of Alberta’s Newsroom page. Simple, but clear and with all the relevant links and information.
  • If you’re a U of A student interested in media, swing by the Gateway offices in SUB – they’re looking for volunteers. They’re also looking for help with their weekly podcast.
  • Oil Sands Truth is an interesting site from a media perspective. It both aggregates and curates recent news, data, maps, photos, audio, and video. Does anyone know of a good site that does the same thing with the opposite side of the story?
  • This note about a new book called The Man in Blue Pajamas: Prison Memoir in the Form of a Novel came up in one of my searches: “Kurdish poet and journalist Jalal Barzanji endured imprisonment and torture at the hands of Saddam Hussein because of his outspoken writings. After emigrating to Canada in the 1990s, Barzanji, who was named Edmonton’s first writer-in-exile in 2007, finally tells his story.” Turns out Jalal is on Twitter!
  • Nice shout out to “the social media rockstars of #yeg” from Jeremy Bibaud, who recently left the United Way after four and a half years. I think he did some great work to bring that organization up-to-speed with Twitter, Facebook, and all of the other tools they have started using, not to mention the new website! Best of luck Jeremy!
  • Four members of the local media participated in a pizza eating contest on Sunday at the Viva Italia Viva Edmonton festival. Citytv’s Stacey Brotzel, the griff’s Jenny Feniak, OMNI’s Kit Koon, and SONiC 102.9’s Brandy Taylor all competed to see who could chow down the most pizza in five minutes. Brandy came away with the victory in a tiebreaker round against Kit, but no one left empty-handed: they got to take the pizza they didn’t eat with them!

Pizza Eating Contest!
Brandy Taylor, Kit Koon, Jenny Feniak, Stacey Brotzel

Edmonton Media at City Hall
The media table outside the media room at City Hall.

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

Just a quick mention: we had a very productive MediaCamp Edmonton planning session tonight, and we expect to share more on that in the coming weeks!

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

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #16

newsAnother week off! Can you tell it’s summer? Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

I want to finish by highlighting a couple of posts from the edmontonian. If you don’t read their daily headlines, you’re missing out. Here’s a great discussion from August 10:

Newsrooms could also have mentioned to their audiences the Journal had a story about a late-night bus on Whyte, and worked on their own stories the rest of the day. Instead, they assigned reporters, editors, producers, video editors, and camera operators to produce the same story for Tuesday night and Wednesday.

One of the topics I love to rant about. Those same newsrooms will in the same breath complain to you about how times are tough and resources are stretched.

Here’s another great one from August 17:

The race to get the story into the news machine first damages everyone involved. It hurts the credibility of the media outlets who commonly treat factual inaccuracies as no big deal, and it fails the citizens who trust these outlets for information that shapes their reactions to the world around them. Reporting the news is a tremendous responsibility, and not just a game of  ‘who had what story first.’

Couldn’t have said it better myself. That’s why I linked!

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #15

newsAfter a week off, here is my latest update on local media stuff:

Edmonton Sun: Deadmonton

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #14

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

I was away all of last week so I wasn’t paying as much attention to Twitter as usual, but I still didn’t notice as many #yegindy tweets as I expected. That said, there was some great coverage online. fusedlogicTV was recording video and posting photos over the weekend. Here’s a glimpse of what their AutoMojo show captured:

Today, Microsoft released Avatar Kinect on Xbox Live. I just had to give it a shot!

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #13

Here is my latest update on local media stuff:

I wonder how much people actually like “link” or “notes” posts. They seem to be quite prominent in the local blogosphere lately. I usually do my Edmonton Notes and these media notes, Sharon does her food notes, Scott does Hitting the Links, Karen usually does a media roundup, Linda has been posting her Clicks of the Day, Dave posts Alberta Political Notes, the edmontonian posts headlines each weekday, The Charrette posts a weekly news roundup, and I’m sure there are more that I’m missing. They’re not necessarily easier to write than single-topic posts, in fact they can actually take quite a bit of time and effort. They are easy to consume, however. Thoughts?

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!

Media Monday Edmonton: Update #12

newsHere is my latest update on local media stuff:

  • The St. Albert Gazette has written about the demise of Saint City News. The article states: “The Gazette will take on two of Saint City’s sales people and has added [former editor Glenn] Cook to its newsroom.”
  • ChrisD.ca in Winnipeg reports that political reporter Laura Lowe has accepted a position at CTV Edmonton, and will be leaving CTV Winnipeg by mid-July.
  • Here’s a detailed piece on the SEE-Vue merger. Apparently Vue is “assessing whether it will join the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association.”
  • The Edmonton Journal is seeking a Director of Digital Products “to lead the ongoing growth and development of our wide variety of local digital properties.” You can check out the job posting in PDF here.
  • The latest Edmonton Journal newsletter, available here, says the Journal’s site saw a record 592,000 unique visitors and 11.8 million page views in May. The mobile site saw 1.2 million page views that same month.
  • Check out the Journal’s Living on the Edge map, created by data journalist Lucas Timmons using data from the City of Edmonton’s open data catalogue.
  • Karen’s latest Edmonton New Media Roundup is available here. She notes that Edmonton has a new web comic called Inglorious Hipsters. Follow them on Twitter – @ingloriouship.
  • The final episode of the edmontonian presents (at least its first run) airs on Sunday, July 10 at 9pm on Shaw (Channel 10). Don’t miss it!
  • Have your say on the future of the CBC! The CRTC is hosting a consultation on CBC’s radio and television license renewals.
  • It looks like World FM is all setup in Enterprise Square now that 91.7 The Bounce has joined Sonic 102.9 on the southside:

World FM

Some Edmonton-related notes from the latest Broadcast Dialogue magazine, available in PDF here. I’m not sure how frequently it is published as I just came across it, and some of the items are older:

  • Rawlco Radio Chairman Gord Rawlinson says that up! 99.3 FM received almost 900,000 text messages in a little over a year.
  • Adrienne Pan is the new host of CBC News: Edmonton Late Night. She comes from Winnipeg though she has been here before, as part of A-Channel (this was announced in May).
  • Calgary’s Mix 97.7 relaunched as up! 97.7 in May. The up! brand was developed here in Edmonton, and Rawlco Radio says it “wanted Calgarians to have the same opportunity to feel good every time they turn on the radio.”
  • The first 96.3 Capital FM Edmonton Capital Cares Radiothon for Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta together with the Edmonton Sun raised almost $50,000.

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!