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Metro News, City Form Downtown Skywalk Partnership

Metro News promoter Shane Hayden works the downtown skywalk to hand out copies of the newspaper to Winnipeg commuters. (SHANE GIBSON / METRO WINNIPEG)

Winnipeg’s downtown skywalk system is about to get a whole lot greener.

Metro News has partnered with the City of Winnipeg to sponsor the skywalk system, connecting commuters in the city’s core to a number of downtown buildings.

Metro Winnipeg newspaper racks will be placed along the weather-protected skywalks, and Metro’s hand promoters will have exclusivity to hand out free copies of the paper to pedestrians in the walkway.

“Metro is proud to be part of the Winnipeg community,” said Steve Shrout, vice-president and group publisher, Metro Western Canada. “When we came to the city a year ago we immediately sponsored the downtown Spirit bus routes and the Downtown BIZ clean teams.”

Mayor Sam Katz will be on site for the official announcement at 10 a.m. in the Canada Post Building Walkway. Metro will then be providing pizza and pop from Papa John’s Pizza to commuters in the walkway.

The paper celebrated its one-year anniversary in the Winnipeg market on Wednesday.

Corus Entertainment Hiring New General Manager

Corus Entertainment Winnipeg has begun the process of finding a replacement to fill the general manager position at its three local radio stations.

Former GM Garth Buchko resigned earlier this month to take on the role of president and CEO with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Buchko will assume his new position March 1.

The new Corus GM will oversee all aspects of CJOB, Power 97 and 99.1 FM, and have a minimum of eight to 10 years of relevant and successful general management experience.

The deadline to apply is January 30, 2012.

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On the other side of town, Metro Winnipeg is hiring a digital reporter for its news operation at the corner of Portage and Main.

The free daily newspaper is seeking a candidate with reporting, interviewing, writing and editing skills, as well as a passion for multi-platform journalism and social media.

The chosen one will report directly to the managing editor.

Applications will be accepted until January 30, 2012.

Metro Winnipeg Hiring a Reporter/Photographer

Metro News (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Metro Winnipeg is hiring a reporter/photographer for its free daily newspaper.

Responsibilities include generating story ideas and covering assigned stories in a range of news styles, including breaking news, features, entertainment, lifestyle, and sports. The candidate would also write quick web versions of breaking news stories for Metro’s website and work early mornings/evenings as required.

A few of the requirements include two to three years of daily newspaper experience, strong reporting skills, and well-versed in CP style.

The deadline to apply for the position is December 7, 2011.

Metro Winnipeg Getting into the ‘Blue and Gold’ Spirit

Metro News (CHRISD.CA FILE)

To show support for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season, Metro Winnipeg has launched a promotion to change the newspaper’s masthead from green and white to blue and gold.

The temporary colour change will come into effect on September 2 and 9 if the newspaper gets 1,000 “likes” on their Facebook page by August 31.

The promotion is in preparation for when the Blue Bombers face the Saskatchewan Roughriders at the Labour Day Classic and the Banjo Bowl.

“Leading up to these two big games, I knew we had to do something different because we have such a competitive rivalry,” said Managing Editor Elisha Dacey. “I thought sporting the BLUE & GOLD before the games would be a great way for Metro to engage the community and rally our (already) loyal football fans.”

Winnipeggers can follow the progress of Facebook likes every day in Metro Winnipeg, and on MetroNews.ca with a daily “like-o-meter”.

Metro News Not Affiliated with Liberal Handout

Metro News (CHRISD.CA)

Local Liberal candidates were hawking copies of the new Metro Winnipeg daily newspaper Tuesday morning. The only problem? Metro News is in no way connected to the Liberal Party.

St. Boniface candidate Ray Simard, Winnipeg Centre candidate Allen Wise, Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia candidate Rob Clement and Winnipeg South candidate Terry Duguid were handing out the papers between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at four different intersections throughout the city.

Late Monday afternoon, the Liberals sent out a media advisory promoting the planned photo-op.

Because the paper is free, the chain can’t really control who hands their product out, but the PR stunt isn’t sitting well with the Metro, who only launched in Winnipeg yesterday.

“The Liberal Party of Canada is distributing copies of Metro Winnipeg under their own volition,” Publisher Steve Shrout told ChrisD.ca. “Metro has not partnered with them in this regard. (They) didn’t tell us they were going to distribute in public.”

The Liberals bought ad space in the Metro — which covered the front and back covers on Tuesday — and are making similar ad buys in other Metro papers across the country.

The daily paper reaches about 40,000 people Winnipeg and is targeted at a commuter demographic.

Elisha Dacey Named Metro Winnipeg Managing Editor

Elisha Dacey

Metro Winnipeg will have itself an experienced Managing Editor at the helm when it launches April 4.

We’ve learned Elisha Dacey will fill the role at the new daily paper. Dacey currently holds the same position at The Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic, where she has spent the last nine months.

Before joining the Daily Graphic, Dacey was Entertainment Editor for the Daily Courier in Kelowna for two years. Prior to that, she was a reporter and photographer with the Canstar weeklies.

Metro News will debut its Winnipeg product in just over a week to reach about 40,000 people. As we showed you earlier this week, bright green distribution boxes are popping up around the city.

Metro News Boxes Showing Up on City Street Corners

Metro News Boxes Showing Up on City Street Corners

Metro News distribution boxes are beginning to pop up around the city. This box is located at Academy Road and Lindsay Street. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)

The launch of Metro News in Winnipeg is just a few weeks away and the publisher’s newspaper boxes are beginning to make an appearance on city streets.

The free daily paper will be distributed beginning April 4, reaching about 40,000 Winnipeggers.

What’s interesting about the boxes — besides their extreme cleanliness and brand new smell — is that they contain a QR code on the top. Upon scanning it on your smartphone, you’re taken to Metro’s mobile site, listing the headlines of the day in a neat and organized format.

Thanks to the keen-eyed Policy Frog for pointing out these new boxes.

Metro News Breaking into Winnipeg Market

While most print publications are folding, another is breaking into two more Canadian markets.

Metro Canada will begin publishing in Winnipeg and London, Ontario on April 4, focusing on “youthful, active metropolitan residents.”

The daily papers will be distributed in street boxes, rising to a total daily circulation of 40,000 copies in Winnipeg.

Metro Winnipeg will be a joint venture between Metro International S.A. and Torstar Corporation. The former publisher of Metro Alberta, Steve Shrout, has been appointed as publisher for Metro Winnipeg.

“We look forward to offering a fresh urban news perspective in one of Canada’s most vibrant Prairie communities,” Shrout said in a release.

Besides its print product, Metro Canada also runs accompanying news websites in each of its markets.

Metro publishes in 100 major cities, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.