Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Edmonton Journal Nominated for Three Online Publishing Awards

Edmonton JournalThe Edmonton Journal received three excellence in online journalism nominations Thursday, September 20, 2012 from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Reporter Brent Wittmeier and data journalism editor Lucas Timmons were nominated in the data visualization category for their work on an interactive online map of Edmonton’s 2011 record-breaking homicides. Columnist Paula Simons was nominated for best use of social media, in recognition of her innovative use of Facebook and Twitter to cover breaking news and provide social commentary. Digital editor Stuart Thomson and crime bureau chief Jana G. Pruden, along with the Journal news team that covered the devastating Slave Lake fire were nominated in the best cross-platform initiative category for the iBook, “How Could a Whole Town Burn?”

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OMNI TV Alberta to Broadcast 34th Annual Canadian Ethnic Media Awards on July 15, 2012

OMNI TV AlbertaOMNI Television announced broadcast details for its exclusive Canadian coverage of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association 34th Annual Awards, celebrating five outstanding contributions to Canada’s multilingual broadcast, print, and internet journalism landscape. The one-hour CEMA Awards broadcast premieres in Ontario on Saturday, July 14  on OMNI.1 and  on OMNI.2, and in Alberta and BC on Sunday, July 15  on OMNI Alberta and  on OMNI BC. The CEMA Awards were taped during the June 23 evening gala ceremony at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre in Toronto.

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Banff World Media Festival Announces 2012 Rockie Award Winners

Rockie Awards2012 Banff AlbertaHosted by Canadian actress, Lisa Rey, the Rockies recognized winners in 26 distinct categories, with grand prizes awarded in the genres of Documentary, Drama, Kids and Animation, Interactive and Entertainment. The Grand Jury Prize, the highest honor of the Rockies Program Competition, was awarded to “Koran by Heart” which is an HBO Documentary produced by Passion Pictures and Motto Pictures. Other highlights from the Gala included previously announced award winners taking the stage to accept their official RCMP Mounties. Chuck Lorre was awarded the Paul Ustinov Award for Comedy, Jeanne Beker the Canadian Award of Distinction, and Google the Award of Excellence in Innovation.

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CTV Edmonton Wins National Award for Slave Lake Disaster Newscasts

RTDNA Canada, The Association of Electronic Journalists AwardsAt a gala event in Toronto on June 23, CTV News properties were honoured at the annual RTDNA National Conference. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the association of electronic journalists, CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme, proudly takes home the Bert Cannings Award for Best Network Newscast. With 13 new wins, these prizes bring the total of National and Regional RTDNA Awards for Bell Media properties this year to 47, including five honourable mentions. In addition to the prize for Best Network Newscast, CTV News’ highlights of the night included the Best Newscast win for one of CTV Edmonton’s broadcasts on the Slave Lake Disaster. 

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Alberta Magazine Award Winners at the 2012 Western Magazine Awards

Western Magazine Awards 2012Eighteen Bridges, the “Alberta-based little-magazine-that-could” garnered serious accolade at the Western Magazine Awards on June 15 in Vancouver, bringing home gold for Best New Magazine as well as Magazine of the Year (Alberta/NWT). The magazine also took the Gold Award for Best Article (Alberta/NWT) with Chris Turner’s “Bearing Witness” and Don Gillmor’s “All In” written award for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment. Calgary-based Swerve magazine received awards for: Service for Bruce Weir’s “The Wedding Guest Manifesto”; Best Photographic Feature or Series for Todd Korol’s “Close Enough for you”; and Best Illustration or Illustration Feature for Byron Eggenschwiler’s work in “The Mouse & I: A Love Story.” Trade Magazine of the Year went to Venture Publishing’s Alberta Oil, which had recently received the Magazine of the Year award at the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for the Canadian business press.

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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)