Manager of audience engagement for news
A born and bred Winnipegger, Erin left her hometown to pursue her journalistic studies at New York University in New York City, where she completed her Master of Arts in magazine journalism.
While in New York, she had the opportunity to work with some of the best long-form journalists and editors in North America and spent time interning at Rolling Stone magazine and CMJ.
After working for a year in the Big Apple at an online parenting magazine, Erin was offered a job at the Free Press in December of 2013 as a web and copy editor. From there, Erin shifted into the arts and life department as a multimedia producer, where she remained for nearly five years, spending the majority of her time writing about the local music scene, as well as co-hosting a weekly arts and culture podcast, Bury the Lede, with columnist Jen Zoratti.
Erin moved into her role of audience engagement manager at the Free Press in March 2020, and spends her time thinking of, and implementing, ways to improve the interaction and connection between the newsroom and our readership.
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The Winnipeg Folk Festival is one week away from announcing its 2020 lineup but is getting the buzz going early with some other festival news — McNally Robinson Booksellers is partnering with folk fest to run the on-site music store during the event, which runs July 9-12 at Birds Hill Provincial Park.
The former Festival Music Store will now become Music, Merch and More and will offer the typical festival and artist merchandise attendees have come to expect, as well as a selection of music, books and other items that will “complement your experience.”
“A lot of the artists are writing books, or have written books, so we’ll do some book signings, which will be kind of nice,” says festival artistic director Chris Frayer. “We know it’s same audience in some ways, between folk fest and McNally, so it’s an exciting partnership. It’s going to be a cool store, and I think it’s a great alignment.”
A news release from the festival on Wednesday welcomed McNally Robinson — which has two Winnipeg locations, one in Grant Park Shopping Centre and one at The Forks — into the “folk fest family.”