Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

2012 Alberta Literary Awards Open for Submissions until December 31, 2011

Alberta Literary AwardsThe Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors.  Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the WGA.  Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. Prizes of $1500 will be awarded for books published in 2011 at a gala event in the summer of 2012.

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Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Terry Jones Edmonton Sun Sports WriterTerry Jones has been a sports columnist at the Edmonton Sun since 1982 and has been writing sports in Edmonton since 1967. Jones has covered more Olympics than any other Canadian journalist (16), well over 500 Stanley Cup playoffs games, 37 Grey Cups, 20 Super Bowls and Briers, and every Canada Cup/World Cup hockey tournament dating back to 1976. He’s written a dozen books including the first and last books of Wayne Gretzky’s career (The Great Gretzky and An Oiler Forever). He also wrote ’79 to 99′ published by The Sun. A Canadian Sports Media sportswriter of the year, Jones is in the sports media sections of both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and soon to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Married to wife Linda, he’s father of sports writing son Shane and twin daughters Trina and Nicole. Watch Terry Jones’ presentation at TedX St Albert posted to YouTube this past November during which he regales the audience with some of his most interesting escapades over his length and laudable career.

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Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2011 Winners Announced

COPA Awards 2011More than 250 publishers, editors, designers and other publishing pros packed the Gladstone Hotel ballroom in Toronto on Monday, October 24, 2011 to celebrate the best in editorial-based online and digital publishing at the third annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The awards capped off the first annual COPA+ Digital Publishing Conference, also at the Gladstone, featuring keynote presentations, panels, vendor demonstrations and exhibits. Among the big winners of the evening were Sparksheet, which dominated the Blue division (Business-to-Business) with seven Gold medals; and Torontoist, leading the pack in the Red division (Consumer) with three Gold medals. In the Green division (Newspaper and Broadcaster), the accolades were divided among leading titles including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, CBC, The Tyee and others. CBC Radio’s Nora Young, host of the network’s show on culture and technology, Spark, emceed this year’s COPA.

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CTV Edmonton Bestows Citizen of the Year Awards on Two Edmontonians

CTV EdmontonIn its inaugural year, the judging committee for the 2011 CTV Citizen Of The Year Award has chosen two recipients: Mr. Issa Kamara: Founder/Executive Director of the Sinkunia Community Development Organization (SCDO) and Mr. Amson Saintime: Co-Founder/Executive Director of the ArbreDeVie Fine-Arts World Fellowship.  The CTV Citizen Of The Year Award was created by CTV Edmonton in partnership with the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association to recognize those who have contributed to the promotion, awareness, understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

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Alberta Writers Nominated for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards

Marina Endicott EdmontonOn October 11, 2011, The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 68 finalists for the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The GGs, Canada’s national book awards celebrate the excellence of Canadian writers, illustrators and translators. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation.   Territory, identity and winter are recurrent themes in the books chosen by the Canada Council’s juries who selected the GG shortlist after reading, between them, a total of 1,684 eligible books submitted for this year’s awards.  

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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)