Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Western Association of Broadcasters to Hold 82nd Annual Conference from June 8 to 9 in Banff, Alberta

WAB AwardsThe Conference kicks off with the annual WAB Golf Classic June 8 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. This year’s Classic promises to be a great day, rain or shine. The Conference program commences June 9 with an exciting line-up of speakers. Presenting the keynote address is Terry O’Reilly of CBC Radio’s Under the Influence. Some of the most valuable products in the world hit roadblocks; some of the most powerful mediums appear to lose their luster. Often, those problems are perceptions, not reality.

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The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Announces The 2016 Alberta Literary Awards Shortlist

Alberta-Literary-AwardsThe Writers’ Guild of Alberta announced the finalists for the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards on April 8. Each year, the Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala on June 4, 2016 in MacDonald Hall at SAIT in Calgary. The celebration will take place alongside the WGA 2016 Conference, “Creativity and Happiness.”

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National Newspapers Conference, Trade Show & Awards May 27 to 28 at Westin Hotel in Edmonton

Newspapers-ConferenceDiscover innovative business strategies, practical ideas, and creative ways that newspapers serve and connect with your community, at the 2016 National Conference in Edmonton. Co-hosted by Newspapers Canada, the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) and the Association de la presse francophone (APF), this jam-packed weekend takes place May 27-28, at the Westin Edmonton Hotel.

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CBC Radio’s Choice for Canada Reads 2016 – The Illegal by Lawrence Hill

Clara HughesBeating out Alberta’s Tracey Lindberg with her first novel Birdie, Lawrence Hill has won Canada Reads 2016 for his novel The Illegal, defended by six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes. This is Hill’s second time winning Canada Reads, after claiming the title in 2009 for The Book of Negroes.“The Illegal asks Canadians to imagine the humanity of one refugee, and thus all refugees,” said Hughes in her final defence of the novel.

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Alberta Media Personality: Rosa Marchitelli, CBC’s Go Public Reporter Who Enjoys Righting the Wrongs

Rosa-MarchitelliRosa Marchitelli is the Calgary-based reporter for CBC’s award-winning segment Go Public. She is a native Calgarian, who grew up in the city’s Northwest, graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.A. in English and then from Ryerson University in Toronto with a B.A.A. in Journalism. She got her first broadcasting job at CBC Calgary and then moved on to become Vancouver CBC News Anchor as well as reporter and producer. While her career has taken Marchitelli across the country, she’s now back in her hometown. 

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Alberta Magazine Award Winners Announced with New Trail, U of A’s Alumni Magazine, as 2015 Alberta Magazine of the Year

New Trail MagazineOn March 4, 2016 in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the Alberta Magazine Awards to an audience of writers, editors, art directors, publishers and other magazine lovers, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who punctuated his keynote address by thanking all for “telling our stories.” New Trail, the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta, took home 6 gold awards including the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year. New Trail has been nominated for 7 National Magazine Awards since 2012 and won Best Art Direction of a Single Article at last year’s NMAs.

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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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