Sunday, October 19, 2008

Life After the Sentinel Event

The folks at Wragg & Casas have asked me to post this event in case you all are interested in attending, and considering the current state of newspaper affairs, it may not be a bad idea.

Event: Crossing the Great Divide
When: Thurs., November 6
Time: 6-8 pm
Where: Citrus Restaurant
821 N. Orange Ave.
Hosted by: Orlando chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association
Who should attend: Current and former journalists thinking about making a transition from journalism to ...

Information: Jamie Floer, 407.244.3685/ email:


Anonymous said...

How many of the people you used to work with in journalism and who went over to PR are happy?
Think about that question before making the jump, because it is pretty much of a one-way leap.
And though you MAY earn more, you probably will hate what you're doing. It's a lot of useless digging, a bunch of ass-kissing and ass-covering and as considerate of your well-being as a pit bull raised on human flesh. Oh, and just as secure.
Freelance is a pretty dry field, but use it if you can. You keep your credibility and your dignity (or whatever is left of it, if you're still working at daily journalism in this town).
If you can transform into marketing for a single employer, you at least have more control over your destiny and a positive self image.
That aside, if you're going to get out of the business, get all the way out. As a person who left the former profession (miserable as it was in a Gannett setting) for the latter one and bounced around in it for a couple of decades, I can attest there were so very few good moments. Working at an agency, even in a good economy, is working in a jackal business. I'm betting even PETA doesn't have much good to say about it.

Anonymous said...

I for one appreciate this effort being made by the folks at FPRA. As a former journalist myself, I have found new life in the public relations field. It's an exciting and growing field and offers much promise in the future.

Anonymous said...

well, what other fields re hiring? easy to trash PR from a sanctimonious posture but what else is there for most journos?
is PR even hiring? I heard they are backed up too. funny about the nature conservancy PR job listing getting jammed with slantinel types.

Anonymous said...

As to the cheery pit bull. Let's see...hated journalism, decried PR without experiencing it. Free lance, dull, dry but better than being an ass kisser. That means you're too good to take money for it, eh?'s that working out for you?