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Newly Formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Begins Work

Edmonton-Screen-IndustriesToday, the newly formed Edmonton Screen Industries Office Society (ESIO) appeared in front of City Council’s Community and Public Services Committee to formalize their grant agreement of $530,000 for two years and to update councillors on their progress. “Screen industries” includes the full range of screen-based entertainment, education and training — from mobile, television, Internet streaming and theatrical release inclusive of live action, animation and interactive video games.

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The 30th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards to be Celebrated by Edmonton Theatre Community on June 26

Sterling AwardsOn June 26, the 30th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards will celebrate excellence in professional theatre in Edmonton. The Sterling Awards were created in 1987 to enhance the profile of live professional theatre and bring about a greater awareness of the performing arts in Edmonton. This year, there are a total of 113 nominations in 24 categories, with nods such as Outstanding Fringe Performance by an Actor, Outstanding Musical Director and Outstanding New Play.

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CRTC Grants Licences to Aboriginal Multi-Media Society for Radio Stations in Edmonton and Calgary

AMMSA-LOGO2Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted licences for the operation of five radio stations that will serve the Indigenous communities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto in order to fulfill an immediate need. These five new stations’ programming must reflect the communities they serve, include a large portion of local content, such as news, and deal with the specific concerns of Indigenous people in the regions in question.

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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Reveals the Winners of the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards

Alberta-Lit-AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta revealed the winners of the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards on June 10 at Lister Hall at the University of Alberta. More than 100 guests attended the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala, part of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s 2017 Edmonton Conference, Juxtapositions. This celebration marked the 35th anniversary of the Alberta Literary Awards and brought together writers from across Alberta.

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Rogers Media Expands Local News Coverage in Alberta with CityNews and OMNI Regional TV

OMNI-TVRogers Media announced on June 5, 2017 that it will be expanding its news program, CityNews, in Edmonton this September and in Calgary by the winter of 2018. It’s part of a wider expansion that will also see local versions of the program air in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Montreal. The one-hour newscasts will broadcast seven days a week with CityNews at Six at 6 p.m. and CityNews Tonight at 11 p.m.

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Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Announces Alberta Newspaper Awards for 2016

AWNA-AwardsOn May 27, The Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association announced the winners of the ‘Better Newspaper Awards’ at its annual conference. In its category, the St Albert Gazette was the big winner of the night with six first place wins, two second place and five third place wins. Taber Times was the big winner in its category with three first place and one second place wins. Chris Colbourne, shooting for the St. Albert Gazette, walked away with three photography awards. His and other award winning photos are featured below.

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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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