Changing careers can be a daunting experience but many have done it and so can you.
For journalists, the natural shift is usually to go to a position in communications, but a career switch can be either from journalism to PR or journalism to culinary school and making a complete departure from the industry.
Our next #ConnectChat, "Trading Journalism for Communications" will feature our guest, Gina Vergel (@ginavergel7), assistant director of communications at Fordham University. Gina will describe her experience making the transition from being a journalist to working as a communications professional at a distinguished univerisity.
The chat will take place on Tuesday, March. 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. ET. To submit questions for Gina in advance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet your question to @profnet or @editorev.
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If you can't make it to the chat, don't worry -- a transcript will be provided on ProfNet Connect the next day.
Gina Vergel is an award-winning journalist with nearly a decade of media experience in higher education, newspapers and radio.
As a media relations officer for Fordham University’s Office of Marketing and Communications in New York City, she handles media inquiries and pitches faculty experts as well as news about university happenings.
Before joining Fordham as a staff writer in 2007, Gina worked as a reporter for the Home News Tribune, a Gannett daily newspaper in New Jersey. Previously, she was a staff writer for The Ridgewood News, an award-winning newspaper owned by North Jersey Media. In both posts, Gina won Society of Professional Journalist (New Jersey chapter) awards for breaking news and feature writing, respectively.
At the Home News Tribune, Gina had a weekly column where she tackled women’s and immigration issues. The daughter of Colombian immigrants, she also shot and produced news videos, as she was the first mobile journalist for the Home News Tribune.
Gina earned her BA in the Liberal Arts with a concentration in contemporary writing from the William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. She earned an M.S. with honors in Organizational Development/Human Resources from Fordham University in New York City. Gina was born and raised in Paterson, N.J. She currently lives in Manhattan.
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