ProfNet Connect members often mention how more and more journalists are crossing over into the world of public relations and marketing. As a result we've done a #ConnectChat series on this topic based on the popularity and interest we've received. The third and final installment will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
#ConnectChat is about our particular guest's experience where they provide their own perspective and their own story. During this last part of the series we'll be discussing switching from journalism to public relations/communications with a guest who has at least 25 years of media experience and has spent the majority of their career and life as a working journalist. The time someone has spent as a journalist has a direct impact on how easily (or not) they can transform into public relations professionals.
The final #ConnectChat in the series, "Making the Switch from Journalism to PR," will feature Frank Graff ( @919Marketing ), account executive at 919 Marketing in North Carolina. The chat will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Frank will discuss his experience going from the world of television reporting to the world of marketing and communications.
To submit questions for Frank in advance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet your question to @profnet or @editorev.
We'll try to get to as many questions as we can. Of course, you can also ask your question live during the chat.
To help you keep track of the conversation, we will use the #connectchat hashtag. Please use that hashtag if you are tweeting a question or participating in the chat.
If you can't make it to the chat, don't worry -- a transcript will be provided on ProfNet Connect the next day.
About Frank Graff
Frank Graff is a storyteller -- a communications professional and former television reporter whose career proves you can successfully reinvent yourself to tell a new story.
Three years ago, Frank joined 919 Marketing in Holly Springs, N.C. as an account executive. He represents client in the health care, technology and financial services industry, pitching stories to reporters, writing articles, white papers and web content, developing PR plans and providing media training for executives.
Frank left the television news business in the midst of the explosion of digital media and the sea change of how the public gets its information. Seeing the communications revolution, Frank utilized his knowledge of the media and communications skills to begin his new career after 25 years as a television reporter. Frank’s career began in Presque Isle, Maine and took him to Clarksburg, W. Va., Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Raleigh, N.C.
Throughout his career, Frank covered space shuttle launches, military exercises, city councils and county commissions, and presidential elections. He was the statehouse reporter for WBAL in Baltimore for seven years, the station where he landed his biggest story, a private meeting with Pope John Paul II in Rome the year before he came to Baltimore.
Frank won a national Emmy as well as a local Emmy in 2002 for his coverage of the riots in Cincinnati. Frank won a local Emmy in 2008 for reporting on a way finding system planned for downtown Raleigh. Frank has also been honored by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Communicator Awards.