Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Writers’ Guild of Alberta to Present Calgary’s 7th Annual Scotiabank Giller Light Bash on November 7

wga-novembergillerbashWith the support of Shelf Life Books, Wordfest, Freehand Books and Frontier College—the Writers’ Guild of Alberta will host Calgary’s 7th annual celebration of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. This event brings readers, writers and supporters of the arts together in a vibrant and entertaining atmosphere to celebrate books, reading and to raise money for literacy. Local book blogger and President of the WGA, Anne Logan, will host the evening.

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Alberta Media Personality – Janet Dirks, Alberta Bureau Chief, CTV National News

dirks-janetAs Alberta Bureau Chief for CTV National News, Janet Dirks covers all major news breaking in the region. On any given day, she may pitch a story or be assigned a story, research, write, tape a segment, edit at the CTV station in Calgary or on the road, or do live hits when needed. Dirks’ career took a few twists and turns on her way to becoming a two-time Jack Webster Award-winning journalist. She completed an Honours history degree before completing a law degree at the University of Victoria and being called to the bar in 1987.

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Alberta Television Station: CTV Lethbridge Newsroom Personalities

ctv-lethbridgeCTV Calgary (CFCN), the first independent television station launched in Alberta and now owned and operated by Bell Media,  launched CTV Lethbridge in 1968 as a semi-satellite station. CTV Lethbridge shares some programming with its Calgary sister station and leases tower space for its transmitter from CISA-TV Lethbridge, a Global Television Network/Bell Media station that also shares programming from a sister station — Global Calgary (CICT). 

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Banff Mountain Film + Book Festival Runs from October 29 to November 6

banff-festivalThe 41st annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, bursts with stories of profound journeys, unexpected adventures and ground breaking expeditions told by renowned authors, photographers, adventurers and filmmakers from around the globe. The festival features over 75 films and in-person appearances by the world’s most iconic adventurers. Following the Festival in Banff, the World Tour hits the road bringing some of the audience favourites and special tour to a location near you.

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2017 Alberta Literary Awards Now Open for Submissions Until December 30, 2016

ab-lit-awards-logoThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced at the 2017 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton in June 2017.

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The Future of [Newspaper] Journalism by Gillian Stewart for CAJ’s Media Magazine

future of journalism Watching the movie Spotlight is a bittersweet experience for many journalists. Here was a movie that made us salivate for the days when publishers and editors actually gave reporters time and money to dig into hidden injustices and produce stories that their readers would talk about for months and years afterward. But the movie also left a bad taste in the mouth. At the same time it was in theatres, 

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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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