National Press Club

Jounalists w/o Newsrooms: Wed., Sept. 24, 1-5 pm

September 19, 2008

Journalism is undergoing one of its biggest brain drains in history. Join us in the 4th floor broadcast studio for a free seminar from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, to hear practical how to advice from journalists who have made the transition to encore careers outside of newsrooms.

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

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 writers' 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.

The seminar is sponsored by the Eric Friedheim Library at the National Press Club and the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation.

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