The Ties That Bind: From Journalism to PR… and Back

July 17, 2013
Columbia College
33 East Congress
6-8 p.m.

With shrinking newsrooms, a 24-hour news cycle and the public’s unquenchable thirst for content, things have changed tremendously in the fields of public relations and journalism. In today’s economy, news organizations are turning to current and former public relations professionals who are strong writers and creative thinkers to create content for their offline and online publications. And it’s not just newsrooms that are branching out.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the field of public relations will grow by 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, and the public relations industry offers a plethora of opportunities for journalists and former journalists. BPRS Chicago and NABJ Chicago have teamed up to take a closer look at the similarities between the professions.

During this joint forum, we will get up close and personal with an esteemed panel of pros who have toed the line between the two professions to carve out career opportunities.

Speakers Include:

Jerry Thomas, President, Jerry Thomas Public Relations
Maudlyne Ihejirika, Reporter/Editor, Chicago Sun-Times
Jim Williams, News Anchor, CBS2 Chicago
Maureen Jenkins, Global Internal Communications,McDonald’s Corporation
Ron Childs, Executive Editor, Chicago Defender
Deborah Shelton, VP – Healthcare Media,GolinHarris
Lynn Norment, Lynn Norment Media

Paid BPRS Chicago and NABJ Chicago Members: Free
General Public: $10