Media Monday Edmonton: Update #318

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • Starting this week, Elise Stolte will move from the City Hall beat to become the new city columnist at the Edmonton Journal. “It’s a huge challenge and I’m hoping you’ll all stay with me, debate with me, send me tips and ideas on this journey,” Stolte tweeted.
  • Paige Parsons will move from the courthouse to City Hall to fill Elise Stolte’s position. “I’m excited to jump right in,” she tweeted.
  • Keith Gerein is the Journal’s new provincial columnist. “I appreciate all the messages I’ve received,” he tweeted in response to the news. “Even the critical ones.”
  • CFCW Music Director Larry Donohue has announced he will hang up his headphones at the end of the year. He has been with the station for 35 years.
  • Cam Tait says the ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction is up to 223 items. The goal is “to collect 250 items and raise $135,000 for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Adopt-a-Teen and Catholic Social Services.” The auction starts on October 22.


Photo by Roman Kraft 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #317

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • “Leaving my Edmonton team to join the senators — sort of the way Aleš Hemský did — won’t be easy,” wrote Paula Simons in her farewell column. “During my last few years in this newsroom, I’ve worked with tremendous veterans as well as dazzling rising stars.” Paula was one of three appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday.
  • Radio Cité 97.9 FM started broadcasting in Edmonton on Saturday. About 65% of the programming will be French language music, but the station will also look to attract anglophones.
  • Graham Thomson announced he is writing a regular opinion column for CBC and will appear on TV and radio every Friday afternoon.
  • With a funding boost announced on Thursday, the Government of Alberta will now provide $650,000 per year to the Alberta magazine publishing industry. “Alberta publishers produce nearly 200 titles annually, delivering 18 million copies of Alberta magazines to readers each year.”
  • Eat Local is a new Edmonton-based magazine from food photographer Heather Muse. “Everyone we have reached out to or told about this idea has been excited and supportive,” she wrote in the pilot issue.

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Paula Simons at the 2013 Yeggies, photo by Nanc Price

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 #316

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Local updates from the Media Roundup

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


Photo by Roman Kraft 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.

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Media Monday Edmonton: Update #315

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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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Global Edmonton at the 2018 Alberta Provincial Racewalk Championship, photo by Robert

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 #314

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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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Securing Alberta’s future as a tech leader, 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 #313

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I’m excited to announce that Taproot Edmonton is launching a new roundup this week! The Health Innovation Roundup, powered by Health City will come out every Wednesday to chronicle Edmonton’s health innovation sector. The roundup is being curated and written by Catherine Griwkowsky. You can sign up here to get it delivered by email.

Local updates from the Media Roundup

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

  • For the third straight ratings period, 102.3 NOW! Radio (CKNO) has found itself on top in Edmonton. Numeris reports an 11% share for the station for the May 28 – August 26 period.
  • Alberta Today describes itself as “Alberta’s most comprehensive legislative news service.” Launching this fall, the subscription-only site promises “daily news briefings include detailed coverage of the news-of-the-day, an agenda of upcoming debates and votes, listings for political events and more.”
  • CISN Country 103.9 FM was named Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) at the Canadian Country Music Awards over the weekend. Terri Clark and Jackie Rae Greening were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Radio Cité 97.9 FM, a new radio station from La Société radio communautaire du Grand Edmonton Society, began testing on September 3 with plans to launch on October 6. “The radio station’s three studios—found in La Cité Francophone—are under construction, but nearing completion, and it’s an exciting time for those who have been working to make the station a reality over the last 10 years.”
  • Marty Forbes has an overview of “some of the activity going on in town” as local media ramps up for ratings season. “Longtime Bear morning co host Gillian Foote has moved up the dial and across the hall to sister station 104.9 Virgin Radio where she is holding down middays 10a-2p Monday-Friday,” he wrote.


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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.

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 #312

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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.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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.