Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

68th Annual National Newspaper Award Nominees Announced on March 20, 2017

National-Newspaper-AwardsToronto’s Globe and Mail leads all entrants in the 68th National Newspaper Awards competition with 19 nominations. Montreal’s La Presse has nine finalists, the Toronto Star eight, the Canadian Press five, and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Winnipeg Free Press each have three nominations in the competition, which is open to daily newspapers, news agencies, as well as online news sites approved for entry by the NNA Board of Governors. 

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Paper Thin: Deathwatch for Alberta’s Big-City Newspapers by Ian Gill for AlbertaViews Magazine

AlbertaViews MagazineJanuary 19, 2016—call it Black Tuesday—Postmedia Corporation merged its Sun newsrooms with those of the Journal in Edmonton and the Herald in Calgary. That day, 35 staff in Edmonton and 25 in Calgary lost their jobs. More cuts would come. In October Postmedia announced buyouts and layoffs on the heels of another corrosive fiscal update. Black Tuesday wasn’t just about wrenching layoffs. The newsroom mergers—a mushing of distinct journalistic formats, cultures and audiences—heralded the end of Alberta’s big-city newspapers as we had known them. 

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Alberta Film – “She Has a Name” A Film in Support of The Movement To End Human Sex Trafficking

She-Has-Name FilmShe Has A Name is a sex trafficking story, based on a real event in 2008, when a locked, abandoned storage container was found in Thailand, containing 121 workers from Burma, 54 of whom were dead. The global sex trade industry makes $40 billion a year selling women, children, and men as much as 15 times a day for their bodies. Of the two million people the UN reports are exploited in the commercial sex trade every year, less than 1% are rescued. 

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Alberta Book – My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell by Arthur Bear Chief for Athabasca University Press

My-Decade-Old-SunMy Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell is a simple and outspoken account of the sexual and psychological abuse that Arthur Bear Chief suffered during his time at Old Sun Residential school in Gleichen on the Siksika Nation. In a series of chronological vignettes, Bear Chief depicts the punishment, cruelty, abuse, and injustice that he endured at Old Sun and then later relived in the traumatic process of retelling his story at an examination for discovery in connection with a lawsuit brought against the federal government. He returned to Gleichen late in life—to the home left to him by his mother—and it was there that he began to reconnect with Blackfoot language and culture and to write his story. 

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AMPA Celebrates Excellence in Magazine Publishing in Alberta at the 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards

AMPA-Awards2017Nearly 300 of the brightest talents in the Alberta magazine industry gathered in downtown Calgary March 16 to honour the winners of the Alberta Magazine Awards. The annual event, staged by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA), showcases the outstanding work of magazine professionals from across the province, judged by industry leaders from across North America. Awards were presented for excellence in magazine content published in 2016 in 21 Showcase categories and five Achievement award categories.

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CRTC Considering Applications for Radio Licences for Urban Aboriginal Communities in Calgary & Edmonton markets.

crtc-logoAs a result of revoking broadcasting licences for the following Type B Native radio stations held by Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc. (AVR) on the basis of serious and repeated non-compliance and the inability of the licensee to adequately serve the needs of the Aboriginal communities in these markets Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, the CRTC is holding hearings from March 27 to 29, to consider five applications received for a radio licence or licences to serve the urban Aboriginal communities in these markets.

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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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