Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Central Ohio SPJ Career Development Workshop set for Sat., Nov. 14

Journalists and Communicators in a Changing Job Market – What You Need to Know
A FREE hands-on workshop for transitioning journalists and communicators in Central Ohio.

Who? Central Ohio SPJ
When? Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Where? Room 106 at the OSU Journalism Building, 242 W 18th Ave., Columbus 43210 
Columbus 43210

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This workshop and lunch are FREE, but registration is MANDATORY.

Dozens of Central Ohio journalists face career transitions following the recent sale of The Columbus Dispatch and all its affiliated print products to GateHouse Media. Many other local journalists and communicators face similar life changes due to consolidations and constrictions in the industry.

To assist journalists who have been laid off, may be laid off or are transitioning to new jobs in new industries, the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has put together a high-octane workshop discussing both hard and soft skills that journalists need to move into new work, self-employment or retirement.

Do you have what you need to survive in the digital world? Facing questions regarding accumulated pensions and 401(k) plans? Trying to decipher insurance options? What about retirement or self-employment? Panelists at this workshop represent a broad range of disciplines and will discuss these topics, the media marketplace, financial planning, resume updates and more.

Program Schedule

Note: Some of the panelists will be available during the breaks after each presentation to arrange one-on-one or small-group discussions as needed.

- Registration/Coffee 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

- Welcome 9 a.m.

- Social Media Strategies 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Do you know what you need to brand and market yourself in the digital world? Panelist Nicole Kraft, assistant professor at Ohio State University, journalism/communication, will provide tips to help you develop a digital presence and build a social media strategy.

Panelist Steph Greegor, former journalist turned film director, writer and producer and owner of her own company, Eleven One Productions, will share personal experiences about marketing herself in the digital space and how to utilize journalism skills effectively in a new field.

Panelists: Nicole Kraft and Steph Greegor

- Break 9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.

- Health Insurance/Finance Options 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Paul Dolce, CFP, of Financial Solutions LLC, will discuss financial decisions facing displaced workers, such as 401(k) rollovers, fixed-pension decisions and Social Security options. Lucy Grosz, founder of Alta Vista Benefits and an insurance professional, financial consultant/strategist and former IT executive, will outline health-insurance options for displaced journalists.

Panelists: Paul Dolce, CFP, and Lucy Grosz

- Break 10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.

- Resumes for the Millennium 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Celia Crossley is the founder of Crosworks, a career and human resources consulting practice that specializes in guiding individuals and organizations through periods of change. She will discuss how to win job offers in the evolving workplace and creating a dynamite resume for the process.

Former journalists Robin Hepler, senior director of public affairs for the Ohio Hospital Association, and Celina Fabrizio, assistant vice president of Paul Werth Associates, will share their insights on why journalism skills are a good match for careers in public affairs and public relations. (Hepler also is a past president of the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.)

Panelists: Celia Crossley, Robin Hepler and Celina Fabrizio

- Lunch 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch for attendees provided by the Dispatch Media Group

- Beyond Journalism 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Hugh Martin, Ph.D., an Ohio University associate professor in media economics, will discuss current jobs in Ohio that require the skills journalists have. Another option for transitioning journalists is free-lancing or consulting.

Dan Trevas, a former journalist turned lawyer with extensive public-relations experience in the public and private sectors, will talk about the importance of setting up a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) for free-lancers.

Kevin Peterman, CPA, Toukan & Company, will share insights about what free-lancers and small businesses need to know about taxes.

Panelists: Hugh Martin, Ph.D.; Dan Trevas; and and Kevin Peterman, CPA