Media Monday Edmonton: Update #312

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:

  • Friday, August 31 marked the end of Gordon Kent’s reporting days at the Edmonton Journal. “After 32 years, I’m retiring to travel, maybe look for contract work and mostly find the three hobbies my wife requires to keep me out of her hair,” he tweeted.
  • Graham Thomson shared his farewell column on Friday.
  • Friday was also Shawna Randolph’s last day on Alberta Primetime. Here’s her message to viewers.
  • Mike Ross wrote about the recent changes in local radio, and particularly at K-97. “People in Edmonton radio get fired all the time – but the downsizing is escalating at an alarming rate.” He noted that Melissa Wright, recently fired from K-97, is “a broadcasting pioneer: the first female announcer on a rock station in Canada to host a show solo.”
  • “The problem for governments is, when they make an announcement, social media turns it into a big debate.” Grant Ainsley tackles why politicians still need the news media.

Trans Mountain Pipeline : Premier Notley
Trans Mountain Pipeline : Premier Notley, photo by Premier of Alberta

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • Here’s a long read from Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian. “By early 2017 the world had woken up to a problem that, with a mixture of impotence, incomprehension and dread, journalists had seen coming for some time,” he wrote. “News, the thing that helped people understand their world, that oiled the wheels of society, that pollinated communities, that kept the powerful honest – news was broken.”
  • From The Atlantic: Trump Has Changed How Teens View the News.
  • “When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age.” Maryanne Wolf writing in the Guardian says skim reading is the new normal.
  • According to a new WSJ report, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey “overruled his staff on booting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off the platform.”
  • Here is the New York Times film critic A.O. Scott on the use of technology for reviewing movies.

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 #311

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:

Orville Chubb
Orville Chubb, photo by Dave Cournoyer

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 #310

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:

Photo by Andrew Neel
Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • Canadaland reports on a growing list of people who have renewed ties with The Rebel. “A year since Charlottesville, mainstream media figures have begun returning to Ezra Levant’s far-right outlet.”
  • iHeartRadio content will soon be available in Spotify thanks to a new deal between the company and Bell Media.
  • Vice and Fremantle Media co-owned publisher Munchies has signed a brand licensing deal with Triple Five Group (the Edmonton company behind West Edmonton Mall) that puts it “in charge of a food hall at American Dream, a 3 million square-foot shopping and entertainment complex set to open in the Meadowlands, New Jersey, in the spring of 2019.”
  • Writing about the Boston Globe-led publication of editorials across the United States defending press freedom last week, Margaret Sullivan says “the effort was mostly symbolic” and that “what’s really needed is a more practical kind of collaboration — and plenty of it.”
  • Netflix has started testing video promotions between episodes and movies, which caused a bunch of people to freak out thinking that commercials are on the way. “A company spokesperson said that the videos are not ads or commercials, but personalized recommendations for other shows and movies that appear on Netflix.”

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 #309

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:

  • Sticks & Stones Communications has released a trailer for its first major documentary called Ha Ling Peak. Check it out on Vimeo. The film will air on CBC in Alberta and BC at 7pm on August 18.
  • Shanelle Kaul is leaving CTV Edmonton for a new job at CP24 in Toronto. She has been here in Edmonton since February 2016 and served as a reporter and weekend anchor. “Edmonton will always be a special place,” she tweeted.
  • Robert Makichuk tweeted about the Gretzky trade 30 years ago. He covered the news conference for CTV Edmonton. “What stands out in my memory is not so much #99’s tears, but the fact that one of the photographers from @edmontonjournal thanked him for the years of great pix. Applause from all the shooters.”
  • According to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, Louie DeBrusk and Drew Remenda will be switching spots for certain Oilers games. OilersNation has the details.
  • Jason Redfern proposed on Twitter a group media bike ride day. “In order to have any credibility reporting on #yegbike stories you should ride the bike lanes and paths, ride in traffic and for extra credit ride on any road outside of town where you’re sure to be buzzed, threatened and/or possibly hit.” Marty Forbes pointed out there are a few long-term cyclists in the media.

Photo by Andrew Neel
Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

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.

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 #308

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:

  • Corus Entertainment’s CKNG-FM, broadcasting at 92.5 FM, has rebranded to 92.5 The ‘Chuck. “Buff up the Talus balls and grab a green onion cake,” reads the news release.
  • Taproot Edmonton is launching a weekly municipal politics podcast called Speaking Municipally. Hosted by Troy Pavlek and myself, the podcast will feature 20-30 minute conversations about the context surrounding decisions made at City Hall. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
  • Sarolta Saskiw is joining CityNews Edmonton from Winnipeg. “I’ve had an amazing 2 years covering stories here in Winnipeg, and have met so many great people,” she tweeted.
  • Digging in the Dirt is looking for your support on STORYHIVE. The 20-minute documentary builds on Omar Mouallem’s award-winning investigative feature for BuzzFeed News.
  • Karen Unland will make podcast recommendations on CBC Radio on Tuesday afternoon. “Catch her chat about true crime podcasts at about 3:35 p.m. on CBC Calgary’s The Homestretch and at about 4:05 p.m. on CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active.”

92.5 The 'Chuck at the Edmonton Heritage Festival

Media-related updates from elsewhere

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

  • After 14 years, Postmedia’s arts & entertainment magazine Swerve Calgary has “been discontinued.” Listings will continue online and in the Herald, they say. It’s too bad the shutdown happened during the summer holidays, because it doesn’t sound like the editorial team will have a chance to put together a final issue.
  • Margaret Sullivan writes in the Washington Post about the local-news crisis: “And to make matters worse, many are owned by hedge funds that couldn’t care less about journalism. They are only interested in bleeding the papers dry of whatever remaining profits they can produce with ever-shrinking staffs.” And later: “What’s more, as papers decline, there’s less reason to subscribe because coverage isn’t what it used to be.”
  • “People will support local news and investigative reporting, they just need to see themselves in that coverage or see that it helps them identify solutions for everyday problems,” writes Tracie Powell in a piece on connecting audience to revenue.
  • The New York Times has an update on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service that will compete with Netflix.
  • Facebook, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify have finally done the right thing and have banned the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars website from their platforms. “The lone major social network to still allow Jones unfettered access is Twitter, where the broadcaster has a “verified” account.”

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 #307

Taproot Edmonton’s second 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:

Cameras Ready

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.

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 #306

I’m excited to share that we’re launching the Media Roundup at Taproot Edmonton today. Sign up now to get the latest news, events, comings & goings, job opportunities, and other updates on media, public relations, and communications in Edmonton every Monday morning.

I started writing the Media Monday Edmonton series on my blog in February 2011. “Like many others, I’m interested in the continual evolution of journalism and media,” I wrote at the time. “I’d like to start devoting an entry each Monday to this changing landscape.” I’ve kept it up ever since, and have received a lot of great feedback about the series over the years. People tell me they find it useful, informative, and interesting.

Inspired in part by my experience with this series, we have recently launched a few roundups at Taproot, which are curated updates on local topics that our members are curious about. In support of that effort, I’m essentially transitioning Media Monday Edmonton to Taproot as the Media Roundup. It will become the primary place for my curated updates.

Here is the first edition, published this morning!

For now, I plan to continue publishing Media Monday Edmonton here with a selection of updates from the Media Roundup and my non-local media links of the week.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • Elevating Edmonton is a new podcast about architecture in Edmonton. The first episode features Dan Rose, Dave Sutherland, Tim Schneider, Tim Querengesser, and Shafraaz Kaba.
  • Brenden Ullrich is joining the Corus Entertainment sales team as an Account Manager for radio & television. For the last four years he has been a producer of and occasional fill-in host for Oilers Now on 630 CHED.
  • Glass Buffalo is launching its summer issue on Wednesday evening at Yellowhead Brewery. Tickets are $10 or $5 for current subscribers.
  • Jacquie DuVal of Plated Public Relations will be speaking about social media influencers within Alberta’s food industry on Thursday at lunchtime at the Food Central Cowork, located at 10578 113 Street.
  • Servus Credit Union is looking for a Media and Story Consultant. “This position will research, develop, implement and evaluate external communications programs in support of corporate communication strategies.”

If you look closely, I’m in this photo (with Sharon and Emily) of the K-Days parade, standing next to the 840 CFCW tent. It was fun to listen to their running commentary!

K Days parade 2018
K-Days Parade 2018 by jasonwoodhead23 on Flickr

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.

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 #305

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Premier Notley celebrates Canada Day in Millwoods48
Premier Notley celebrates Canada Day in Millwoods, photo by Premier of Alberta

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • Instapaper is going independent and will be owned and operated “by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013.”
  • Hyperlocal site EveryBlock is being shutdown – again. Comcast is closing the site it relaunched in 2014 and will direct users to rival Nextdoor, which it has invested in.
  • The Emmy nominations are out. “Netflix led the way with 112 nominations when they were announced on Thursday, snapping HBO’s 17-year streak of being the most nominated network for TV’s most coveted prize.” Three years ago Netflix had just 34 nominations. Next up? HBO’s 16-year streak of winning the most Emmys.
  • The Associated Press reports: “The estate of the man at the center of the popular “S-Town” podcast is suing the show’s creators, saying they exploited details of his private life for financial gain.”

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 #304

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Photo by Andrew Neel
Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • YouTube is investing $25 million in grants to news organizations looking to expand their video operations. “The goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users’ feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences.”
  • Inside the Binge Factory: “Netflix is hiring everybody in and out of Hollywood to make more TV shows than any network ever has, and it already knows which ones you’ll like.”
  • Here are 12 ideas for engaging young audiences from BBC News Labs’ recent industry hackathon.

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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #303

A small announcement to start this week’s edition: Media Monday Edmonton will soon become a roundup at Taproot Edmonton! I am still working out the details, but I will continue to post something media-related here each Monday night while directing you to Taproot for the full roundup. Thank you for reading!

Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:

Filming the media availability

And here is some slightly less local media stuff:

  • A new independent news organization launched in Calgary in early June called LiveWire Calgary. “LiveWire Calgary believes there’s a large, under-represented group (maybe even a majority?) of Calgarians who have lost their connection to media because it’s not connecting them to their community,” wrote Darren Krause (formerly of Metro) in his introduction post. In addition to advertising and sponsored content, LiveWire Calgary has a Patreon page.
  • Postmedia announced it will cut staff costs by another 10% by the end of August, in addition to closing six local newspapers. Here’s the email they sent.
  • Torstar is also making cuts, laying off 11 full-time and 10 part-time staff in Toronto.
  • Things aren’t much better in broadcast media, as Corus Entertainment announced a $936 million quarterly loss last week. “The key challenge for Corus and other traditional broadcasters is the decline in TV ad spending in Canada – a trend that shows no sign of reversing.”
  • Politico is launching a new Canadian edition it describes as a “cross-border intelligence service for professionals with a stake in the Canada-U.S. relationship and the integrated border economy.”

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.

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