Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

EMMEDIA Call for Submissions: OIL | Deadline June 1, 2011

Oil. It fuels our cars, it furnishes our homes, it feeds our debates, our wars. Oil, almost magic, which can be transformed into a multitude of products, toys, fertilizers, carpets, shampoo, insulation, golf balls, credit cards, lipsticks, plastic bags, bottles. A strange philosophers’ stone giving immortality to pop bottles and plastic forks.
How are we going to negotiate our dependency and oil addiction with our environmental concerns? Who defines the Industry practices? How can the individual contribute to the emergence of solutions? What is the role of the artist, writer, poet?

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2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards Finalists Announced

Edmonton filmmaker Josh Miller seems to have a winner on his hands with, Anash, his latest television project and hopes to see the same success with his next movie, scheduled for an Edmonton shoot later this year. Miller plans to start filming the low-budget feature film, Darren Gets Whacked, sometime in August, with Jason Mewes in the starring role. “Mewes is Jay in the Silent Bob movies, kind of the stoner character,” Miller said. “It’s that kind of movie.”  CBC’s Calgary-based family show Heartland has landed 10 Rosie nominations, tying with Edmonton animated series Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, Cycle II for the most nods this year.

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Sun TV News Network Set to Launch Today

SunTV News logoThe upstart “hard news and straight talk”  TV network, set to launch later today, originates from TV studios in downtown Toronto. The channel is owned by Quebecor Media Inc., based in Montreal. It announced last week that Shaw Communications would offer the news-and-talk television channel to all of its customers in Western Canada and Ontario for a six month free preview after the channel debuts on April 18. Carriage deals have also now been struck with Bell, Cogeco, Rogers, Videotron and Shaw. See the website for a list of the on air personalities. See Wikipedia formore background and a list of  service providers.

Graham Hicks and Rob Christie’s Art of Conversation | April 26 | Edmonton

Invite to Art of Conversation LVI, Tuesday, April 26, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

Rob Christie and Audie Lynds of Capital FM, and myself, cordially invite you to join us at the Art of Conversation LVI

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. or later
Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, 9929 109 St.
Cash bar plus sampling of Pampa’s fabulous meats.

Bring yourself, bring a friend, remember the Art of Conversation is all about good conversation for the sake of good conversation with whoever is standing next to you.

If you are aware of people who’d like to be on our mailing list, please let Rob or I know.

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CTV Edmonton Walk About | May 5 | Edmonton

Go behind the scenes of CTV Edmonton. Tour the station and have an opportunity to view first hand how a television show gets on the air. Meet local celebrities. The tour will include an opportunity to observe a portion of the live Noon Show.

Host: Maggie Thomas
Meeting place: 18520 – Stony Plain Road
Shuttle bus: Departs at 11:00 am from MacEwan University at 107 Street and 105 Avenue.
Tour: Runs from 11:45am to 2:00pm and includes lunch.
Cost: $24 plus gst.

Sponsored by the Minerva Seniors Studies Institute. See more and register.

Pitch Your Story to the Media Workshop | April 20 | Edmonton

This workshop presents a step-by-step roadmap on how to successfully pitch your great story idea to the media over the phone in 30 seconds or in 300 words by email. You’ll be able to follow up with a warm call instead of a cold one. You’ll also learn how to pitch your story idea to browsers, bloggers and online journalists which is where you’ll get the most buzz for your brand. Best of all, you’ll leave the workshop at least 10 great ideas and with a list of the top 10 reporters, editors and online journalists most likely be to be interested in your story. See more and register.

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)