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Saturday, January 5 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Moving on from journalism

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Journalism is precarious work. Seemingly never-ending cuts have eliminated thousands of jobs in Canadian newsrooms over the last decade, while freelance work suffers from the uncertainty of securing assignments — and that’s if you can get your editors to pay you on time. Adding on the intense burnout that journalism can cause, many decide to leave the profession to find employment elsewhere. This panel of former journalists will discuss why they moved on and how to know when it’s time to make the transition out of the newsroom.

Moderator: Erik Preston, CUP president

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Jamie Gradon

Communications Manager, Canada West Foundation
Jamie Gradon is a Calgary writer, editor and communications professional working in public policy. A former journalist, she’s spent time in newsrooms in Saskatoon, Toronto and Calgary, where she worked as a health reporter, feature writer and digital producer and once got “blammo... Read More →
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Tyler Hellard

Commercial Copywriter, Author, AppColony
Tyler Hellard is a commercial copywriter who has written about technology, media and culture for THIS, Avenue, The Walrus and CBC. His debut novel was published last year and a collection of essays is scheduled for 2020. 
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Deborah Tetley

Creative services manager, STARS
On Deborah Tetley's first day of journalism school, the professor warned the class that less than one per cent of the students sitting in the lecture hall would find a job at a daily newspaper. She was fortunate enough to work at three major dailies, including 15 years at the Calgary... Read More →

Saturday January 5, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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