Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

SwerveCalgary Wins 2011 Digital Alberta Award for Best Digital StartUp

Alberta Digital StartUp AwardSwerveCalgary, a city lifestyle web portal and community news site published in-house by the Calgary Herald, won the Best Digital Start-up award at the 2011 Digital Alberta Awards. The site features original video, audio and photo galleries, and is designed to be a digital space for connecting Calgarians. The site was launched last December, having evolved from an original print publication of the same name over some six years of print production. Not resting on their laurels, the site publishers are already talking about the ‘next evolution’ of Swerve, as it continues to move from its print origins to become an full online media centre, with names like Swerve TV or Swerve Radio being included in the mix. You’ll want to check out next month’s Alberta media profile on Shelley Youngblut, the publication’s editor and University of Calgary graduate.

Bell Media Wins Eight RTNDA Awards

Bell MediaBell Media news outlets were honoured at the annual Radio-Television News Directors Association National Conference with eight national awards and two honourable mentions. The awards bring the total number of national and regional  RTNDA Awards won by Bell Media properties this year to 38, including eight honourable mentions. Read more about these and Bell Media’s other RTNDA awards.

Global News Wins 17 RTNDA Regional Awards

Global TV NewsGlobal News was awarded a total of 17 Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada regional awards for 2011. Newscasts from Global Calgary, Global Edmonton, Global Lethbridge and Global Regina have won 11 of a possible 17 awards offered by RTNDA’s Prairie Region. Included in these wins is a clean sweep of the Bert Cannings Award for best small, medium, and large market newscast. Read about these and Global’s other RTNDA awards.

Sterling Awards for Theatre in Edmonton Announced on June 27, 2011

Sterling Awards 2011Like life, theatre is a matter of dramatic suspense and surprise revelations. The 24th annual edition of the Sterling Awards served up a generous measure of both at a gala sequins and sneaker affair at the Mayfield Theatre on Monday night [June 27, 2011], hosted by the quick-witted team of Mark Meer and Bridget Ryan. The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide, a Northern Light Theatre production of a strange high-risk play — in which actors played little kids playing amateur actors in an amateur play written as a suicide note by a classmate — was the top choice of jurors. The show, which happened under anti-theatrical fluorescent strip lighting in a “classroom,” was deemed the outstanding production, and garnered Sterlings as well in direction, for Trevor Schmidt, and in both supporting role acting categories, for Cheryl Jameson and Jesse Gervais. See the rest of Liz Nicoll’s review of the 2011 Sterling Awards here and check out the award winners here:

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Edmonton’s Josh Miller Wins a Rockie Award at the 2011 Banff World Media Festival

Josh Miller EdmontonCongratulations to AMPIA President Josh Miller and everyone at Panacea Entertainment for winning a Rockie Award!  This past Sunday, June 12th, awards were handed out in the Fiction categories.  Panacea was nominated alongside programs from all over the world, including Australia, Germany, Hong Kong and the UK. 


Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock – “Death and Peace” ***Winner***
Produced by Panacea Entertainment and The Thing With Feathers Productions
For APTN, ACCESS and SCN Canada

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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)