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Media professionals, JCOM alums return to campus for Career Day

April 11th, 2011 Posted in Arts and Life

LOGAN—The Department of Journalism & Communication at Utah State University brings more than a dozen media professionals—from newspapers, radio stations, public relations, TV and the Web—to campus this week for  JCOM Career Day 2011.

This year’s event focuses on strategies for keeping up with a fast-changing communication marketplace, in which dynamic technological evolution and a weak economy mean that media professionals need more tools and flexibility to survive.

The opening panel illustrates that theme—“Moving Target: (Re)Inventing Your Media Career” brings together six media professionals, all USU JCOM alumni, who started in one industry and have moved to a different but related career. The goal is to offer advice and networking opportunities for current students from former students and other friends of USU’s JCOM program.

The media professionals will help students brainstorm, network and strategize on positioning themselves for success in a dynamic, changing and converging media market.

In the afternoon, the professionals sit down one-on-one with JCOM students to critique their résumés and professional portfolios, and to offer mentoring and advice in preparing for the job hunt after graduation.

JCOM Career Day • Friday, April 15, 2011

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Moving Target: (Re)Inventing Your Media Career • Library 101
Panel discusses the changing professional landscape: Skills, strategies, flexibility.
Ranae Bangerter*—Assistant Editor, the Vernal Express; last year, she was an Emmy Award-winning news producer at KTVB7 in Boise
Lori Buttars*—former Salt Lake Tribune reporter, now Public Information Officer, Weber-Morgan Health Department, Ogden
Scott Garrard*—Program Director/Host, 1320 KFAN/1230 KJQS Utah Jazz Radio Network
Di Lewis*—former Ogden Standard-Examiner reporter, now public relations officer, Salt Lake Community College
Tania Mashburn*—former news producer, KUTV2 in Salt Lake, now does PR for Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City
Jacob Moon*—former Statesman editor, Tribune intern, managing editor of Utah Business magazine, now executive at Method Communications, Salt Lake City

Noon Lunch at the USU Skyroom (by invitation)

1:30-4 p.m. Break-out mentoring sessions

Broadcast/Video: One-on-one critiques of demo tapes • ATV editing JCOM 1st floor
• Ranae Bangerter,* former Emmy-winning producer, KTVB7
Mark Biljanic, former assignment manager, KUTV2, Salt Lake City
Don Kauffman, executive producer, 2News This Morning, KUTV2, Salt Lake City
• Tania Mashburn,* former KUTV2 producer

Print/Web: One-on-one mock job interviews, w/ resumes and clips • JCOM third floor
• Di Lewis,* former Ogden Standard-Examiner reporter
• Kristen Moulton, religion reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune
• Holly Mullen, former Tribune columnist
• Emilie Wheeler,* city editor (former Statesman editor), The Logan Herald-Journal

Public Relations: Speed-interviews
• Lori Buttars,* Weber-Morgan Health Department, Ogden
• Di Lewis,* Salt Lake Community College
• Tania Mashburn,* spokeswoman, Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake
• Jacob Moon,* Method Communications, Salt Lake City

Radio: Group & individual sessions
• Kerry Bringhurst,* Utah Public Radio
• Eric Frandsen, Cache Valley Radio Group
• Scott Garrard,* KFAN, Salt Lake City

* JCOM alumnus


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