Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Digital media industry seeks office in Exchange

  • Print

MANITOBA'S digital media industry has launched a new initiative aimed at helping the industry grow.

The three-part initiative was unveiled at a news conference Thursday organized by New Media Manitoba, the not-for-profit association that supports the interactive digital media industry in the province.

NMM executive director Kevin Hnatiuk said the initiative, which will be rolled out over the next several years, includes launching a mentorship program for new media students and existing industry workers, developing a sales portal where industry members and prospective clients can get help in either obtaining or marketing new-media services, and establishing a co-work space in the Exchange District where new media companies and businesses can lease space and work together on projects.

Hnatiuk said a consultation process, which includes a survey of 420 local new media professionals, identified those as the top three priorities for developing a more competitive industry.

He said the mentorship program will provide subsidies to new media firms who need help in training new student employees, and in upgrading the skills of existing workers.

For example, he said there is a shortage of project managers in the industry, but many smaller firms don't have the time or the resources to train workers for those positions. So the mentorship program would provide a subsidy to help cover half the costs of bringing in someone to deliver the training.

The sales portal, which would operate through the NMM's website, would be a place where businesses needing new-media services can find a service provider. And new media freelancers and companies can also go there to obtain help to market their services.

Hnatiuk said NMM hopes to hire one or two full-time sales and marketing specialists for the new service.

He said the Exchange District is a logical place to set up the co-work space because that's where the bulk of the city's new media companies are located. He said NMM will manage it, and will also likely move its own operations into the new centre once it opens.

First, the association needs to find partners to help cover the estimated $400,000 to $500,000 in annual operating costs.

-- Murray McNeill

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 2, 2012 B5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

New Pornographers frontman says latest album is band's 'best'

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 070619 LIGHTNING ILLUMINATES AN ABANDONED GRAIN ELEVATOR IN THE VILLAGE OF SANFORD ABOUT 10PM TUESDAY NIGHT AS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS PASSED NEAR WINNIPEG JUST TO THE NORTH OF THIS  SITE.
  • A red squirrel peaks out of the shade in a tree in East Fort Garry, Sunday, September 9, 2012. (TREVOR HAGAN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Does Canada need a national inquiry into the disproportionately high number of missing and murdered aboriginal women?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google