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Banff World Media Festival Inviting Submissions for Rockie Awards 2018

Banff-FestivalThe Rockie Awards is BANFF’s flagship program celebrating excellence in television and digital content from around the world. Hundreds of television and digital programs compete for a coveted Rockie Award, presented at a ceremony each year at BANFF. With participation from more than 40 countries annually, including an international industry jury of over 100 professionals working in entertainment and media, the Rockie Awards is one of the world’s largest program competitions of its kind.

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AMPIA Announces Edmonton Film Prize Shortlist

Edmonton-Film-PrizeFor the fifth time, the shortlist for the 2017 Edmonton Film Prize has been announced. A total of $12,000 in prize money will be awarded to the three finalists among this list of six, with $10,000 for the first-place film and $1,000 each for two runnersup. The prize will be awarded in January of 2018 to a director and/or producer whose narrative, documentary or experimental project has been judged to be of superior quality.

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Bell Media and Bloomberg Media Partner to Create BNN Bloomberg with News Bureau in Calgary

Bell-Media-BloombergBell Media and Bloomberg Media today announced the two media companies have partnered to create Canada’s leading multi-platform business news brand, BNN Bloomberg. Launching in Spring 2018, BNN Bloomberg will provide audiences and advertisers with an unparalleled suite of products across digital, television and radio, targeting Canada’s business decision makers.

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Radio Cité Edmonton’s New French Language Radio Station to be On-Air in September 2018

Radio-CiteEdmonton’s new French language radio station approved by the CRTC in January 2017 just received a funding boost assuring its estimated launch in September 2018. The Société radio communautaire du grand Edmonton Society is receiving $400,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada and almost $296,000 from Canadian Heritage to establish a francophone community radio station for the greater Edmonton area.

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A Brief History of Newspapers in Alberta, Canada and Beyond

NewspapersOne of the earliest publications that could be described as a daily newspaper appeared in Rome around 69 B.C. It was a primitive news sheet called Acta Diurna (acts of the day) and described the activities of the Roman Senate. Marco Polo, after his 13th century journey to the Orient, returned to Europe with the idea of the court gazette, thought to be the oldest continuing newspaper in history, since it did not disappear in China until early in the 20th century.

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Postmedia Announces Vanessa Hrvatin as the Recipient of Michelle Lang Fellowship in Journalism

Vanessa-HrvatinStarting November 27, 2017, Vanessa Hrvatin is spending the first six months working at the National Post in Toronto before spending the next six months of the Fellowship working at the Calgary Herald. With a Master of Journalism degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree, Honours Environmental Science with a Specialization in Biology from Queen’s University, Ms. Hrvatin was previously a freelance journalist contributing content to Maclean’s, The Tyee, and the Globe and Mail and others. 

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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