Since the late '80s
services have evolved as the city's public and educational access media provider. Starting as Cincinnati Community Video, it's gone from a primarily television based organization to one that specializes in a spectrum of media services from radio to web.
Media Bridges is now evolving into a new phase, expanding its services to its nonprofit and governmental clients, and hiring two new staff to help implement them.
At the helm of these changes is newly hired Director of Nonprofit Services and Education, James Czar. Czar comes to Media Bridges from the private sector as a creative director for a local video production company and a manager of communications for nonprofit Enjoy the Arts
"When this opportunity came up, I had to seriously consider it. I truly believe in the mission of Media Bridges offering free access to media for the public and helping them to express themselves. It's a wonderful mission," Czar.
Media Bridges is in the process of offering a new suite of services including some specialized media training courses that will be available for a fee. They're hiring a web design developer and an account manager to help offer these services.
The organization will continue to offer its free services, he said.
"We're not going to lose the core of our mission, offering free classes and education. However, with the expansion of nonprofit services, we can have some purposeful and revenue generated growth that can fund what we do as part of our mission for free," Czar said.
All the details of what exactly will be offered and when are close to being worked out, but they will be based on client needs. They include certifications in software and hardware as well as other computer and IT classes, audio, video and web design.
"It will be an extension of what we already do … we're working with clients to identify all their needs," Czar said, adding that new services should be announced within the next month.
Writer: Feoshia Henderson
Source: Media Bridges Director of Nonprofit Services and Education James Czar
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