Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Book of Interest: “In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada” by William Carney

In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in CanadaMedia relations is one of the mainstays of the communications business. With the proliferation of round-the-clock media, communicators have more opportunities than ever to find themselves “in the news. Yet today’s communicators come from diverse backgrounds and are not always trained to work to their best advantage with the media. In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada provides an introduction to media relations, grounded in both communications theory and hands-on, day-to-day experience. The book explains current media practices and presents a plan for managing media relationships. Whether you need media to promote your issues to the nation at large or to reach small, targeted groups, this book is your step-by-step guide. In the News is perfect for communications students, media relations practitioners in the private, public and voluntary sectors, and anyone who wants to break a story in the news.

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City of Edmonton Book Prize Renamed to Honour the Late Robert Kroetsch

Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

Robert Kroetsch at Wordfest 1998

One of Alberta’s most prolific authors was recently honoured on September 14th when the Edmonton City Council passed a motion to rename the $10,000 City of Edmonton Book Prize in memory of the late Robert Kroetsch. The motion was put forward by the Edmonton Arts Council and the Writers Guild of Alberta after receiving several calls of interest from members of the literary community shortly after his tragic death in a traffic accident in June 2011. Robert Kroetsch was closely connected with Edmonton. He was recognized internationally for his writings and was an important teacher and mentor for many Edmonton and Alberta writers. His 1969 novel, The Studhorse Man, set in Edmonton won the Governor General’s Award for Literary Merit.

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“Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada” by Calgary’s Brian Brennan

Leaving Dublin: Brian Brennan JournalistThis September, Brian Brennan’s memoir “Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada” hits the bookstores. Formerly a writer at the Calgary Herald before the dissolution of its union in 2000, he was a revered columnist and negotiated on the side of the workers during the eight month strike. Published by Calgary’s Rocky Mountain Books, Brennan’s memoir is described in a blurb on the publisher’s website as “an engaging and entertaining exploration of Brian Brennan’s life that begins in middle-class Dublin, includes stints as a travelling musician and broadcaster in Canada, and culminates in a career as an award-winning journalist and bestselling author.”

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Alberta Book of Interest: Water in Canada by Hanneke Brooymans

Water in Canada Lone Pine Publishing AlbertaKudos to Hanneke Brooymans for writing and to Alberta’s Lone Pine for publishing such an important book that likely won’t sell well against the best sellers but should be required reading for many, including politicians, environmentalists and citizens. From what I discovered in reviewing this book, it couldn’t be published soon enough, at least when it comes to the quality and the quantity of water in Canada and around the world. Water in Canada examines the effects of human activities on our water, and presents a thought-provoking analysis of our water issues in Canada making it painfully clear that the quantity and quality of our freshwater resources are diminishing at an alarming rate.

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Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which eBook Reader Should You Buy?

eReaders, iPad, Nook, Kindle, ebooksShopping for an e-book reader? According to, the good news is that you have more choices–at better prices–than ever before. The bad news? There are more choices than ever before. In the realm of dedicated e-book readers, the market has consolidated around a handful of major players: mainly Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with Kobo and Sony bringing up the rear. But every major tablet–including the Apple iPad 2 and nearly every Android tablet–also doubles as a reader. So, should you get an inexpensive e-ink reader or go for a more versatile color tablet? That’s the dilemma facing any shopper today. But don’t worry; CNET’s here to help. If you’re an experienced shopper, you can jump straight to our current recommendations–or check our lists of top e-book readers and top tablets. If you’re looking for a more in-depth discussion, read on to consult this quick guide, which boils the purchase decision down to seven questions: Read the rest of the article on

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)