For any journalists, current or former, who might be reading this blog — here’s an invitation. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press keep shedding journalists, several of us on this blog get calls from reporters and editors asking what it’s like to go from the newsroom to other work. In fact, many reporters wonder how the hell they might make a living doing something other than asking questions and writing real fast.
So here’s an open invitation we’ve sent to journalists:
Is there life after the newsroom? Absolutely. Join some recovering reporters who’ve somehow paid the rent outside the AFL-CIO for an informal discussion of how journalists’ skills apply beyond the newsroom. Tony Carideo, Bruce Benidt and John Reinan are hosting a gathering at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Fast Horse, 240 Ninth Ave. N. in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. Tony and Bruce both worked at both the Star and the Star Tribune, and John worked at the Star Tribune, leaving just months ago to join Fast Horse, a small and hip consumer marketing group. Tony went into the banking and investment world after the newsroom, then PR, and now runs his own small investor relations firm. Bruce has taught college, worked in PR, and is now on his own as a communications coach.
We’ll have drinks, munchies, questions and a few answers, as well as insights from career counselor Lisa Dewey Joycechild. Also joining us will be Gary Hill, who left Channel 5 six months ago to work in communications for the Minnesota Senate DFL majority leader, and Jim McCartney, who left the Pioneer Press in February to join Weber Shandwick in health care public relations.