SPJ and ASJA Present: How To Survive In & After Journalism


UPDATE: Event is sold out! Registration is closed. See everyone who signed up on Saturday!

It’s no secret it’s been tough going in our local journalism scene lately. The media industry has been rocked by the closure of the Daily Transcript, ownership changes and buy-outs at the Union-Tribune, and endless worries about the future.

For many of us, a career in journalism isn’t just a job. It’s a calling. But career success means you need to understand your options and the best ways to embrace the future. We’re here to help you survive and thrive.

The award-winning San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is teaming up with the American Society of Journalists and Authors, a 1,200-member association of independent writers, to present a special FREE one-day event, How To Survive In & After Journalism.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian Conference Center. Our lineup of more than 15 speakers (see the schedule here) will provide expert guidance on how to succeed as a freelance writer, impress editors, write and sell your book, and dive into careers in academia and public relations. They’ll answer your burning “how-to” questions and give you knowledge you can use when you make the next step in your journalism career.

Speakers include successful freelance writers, editors from local publications, a top literary agent and a legendary book publicist, and several familiar faces who’ve made the jump from San Diego newsrooms into related careers. The national president and vice president of ASJA will speak as will New York Times-bestselling author Janine Latus. Independent journalist Damon Brown, a top local author and TED Talk speaker, will give the keynote presentation.

Speaker schedule here.

The event is free. Boxed lunches will be available for a cost of $7 and must be pre-ordered when you register.

Event hashtag: #SPJASJA

When: Starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 7

Where: Point Loma Nazarene University, Fermanian Conference Center, 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, CA 92106

On-Campus Directions: The PLNU Welcome Center at the entrance to campus can give you directions to the Fermanian Conference Center or you can use the campus map: http://www.pointloma.edu/sites/default/files/filemanager/PLNU/Printable_Campus_Map.pdf

To Get to the PLNU Campus:

From Interstate 5: Exit on Rosecrans Ave. and proceed south to Canon Rd. Turn right on Canon and proceed to Catalina Blvd (at the top of the hill). Turn left on Catalina Blvd., and then make the first right onto Lomaland Dr.

From Interstate 8: Take 8 west to Nimitz Blvd./Sunset Cliffs. Follow the road onto Nimitz Blvd. Turn right on Chatsworth Blvd and proceed to Catalina Blvd (at the top of the hill). Turn left on Catalina Blvd., and then in approximately one mile make a right onto Lomaland Dr.


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