It’s no secret that the number of places to practice journalism has been on the decline for years. Couple media concentration with copyright-grabbing contracts and not-so-suddenly journalism (full-time or freelance) is not an easy place to make a living.

But journalism skills are eminently transferable to a number of different communications fields. Join our panel of former journalists who have all gone on to new and rewarding careers as they discuss how they made the leap and how you can, too!

Life After Journalism: Use Your Skills to Shine in New Fields happens online on Wednesday, November 25th from 7 pm to 8 pm Eastern Time.

Moderator:

Our panel is moderated by Karen Tankard, a former CBC reporter who now makes her living as a digital campaigner, communications professional and educator. She founded the Canadian versions of ‘Life After Journalism’ groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

 

Panelists:

Lesley Pritchard is the Director of Communications for BC Emergency Health Services, and has worked in media relations and issues management at the Provincial Health Services Authority and the Law Society of BC.

Prior to that Lesley spent more than 20 years as a journalist with the CBC in various parts of Canada including Yellowknife, Halifax and Vancouver.

 

Samantha Falk is the Director of Communications at Nature’s Path, North America’s largest certified organic breakfast and snack food company.

Previous to Nature’s Path, Sam worked in communications for Hootsuite, the global leader in social media management. Samantha honed her communication skills after two decades in broadcasting as a reporter and anchor at both the local and national level.

 

Ann Gibbon was a reporter with the Gazette in Montreal before working for a decade as a reporter with the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business.

She left journalism to work with a large national PR agency, then formed her own consulting business, working with a broad range of clients. She co-authored the award-winning book, Steinberg: The Breakup of a Family Empire.

 

This webinar is free for CFG members, and $25 for non-members. It is part of our Business of Freelancing webinar series.

You can register for the webinar right here. And you can find more information about the cost and benefits of membership in the CFG on this webpage.

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