Thursday, September 18, 2008

'Reporters Without Newsrooms' - How to Stay Afloat After Buyouts and Layoffs

A free afternoon seminar Sept. 24th sponsored by the Eric Friedheim Library at the National Press Club and the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by the National Press Club:

WHY? Journalism is undergoing one of its biggest brain drains in history.

The Eric Friedheim Library at the National Press Club and the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation want to help journalists who have faced, or are facing, buyouts or layoffs.

WHO? Reporters, editors, photographers, etc. are invited to a seminar in the NPC's new Broadcast Studio (fourth floor of the Press Club, 14th and F Sts. NW) from 1-5 p.m.

Hear practical how to advice from journalists who have made the transition to "encore" careers outside of newsrooms.

WHEN? Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 1-5 p.m.

WHERE? Broadcast studio, 4th floor, National Press Club, 14th and F Sts. NW

SIGN UP: There is no cost, but space is limited. Sign up at:, or phone (202) 662-7507.

Line-up for Journalism 2.0, the Sequel:

Session I

Eugene Meyer, writer and former Washington Post reporter - How to make a living as a freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

Margaret Engel, director of the Alicia Patterson Foundation - How to connect with fellowships, grants and writer's associations that provide assignments and group health/dental insurance

Cheryl Arvidson, Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers - How to get into association work

Susan Garland, Kiplinger Washington Editors - How to switch to newsletters

Session II

Jan Schaffer, executive director of the J-Lab, The Institute for Interactive Journalism, American University - Learning journalism's new technologies/the news biz in cyberspace

Don Bates, GW University Graduate School of Political Management - Making the switch to public relations

Gary Cohen, Orpheus, LLC - Making the switch to private investigative work

Session III

Joe Pichirallo - Breaking into the film business - How a former Washington Post investigative reporter became a Hollywood studio executive and film producer. Recent films, "Lakeview Terrace," a thriller with Sam Jackson and "The Secret Life of Bees," with Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning. Joe is with The Gold Co., a Los Angeles-based film production company.

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