Career Summit & Job Fair Schedule


Attendees: $25 ONA members, $50 non-members (register)
Recruiters: $250, includes two recruiters and discount to ONA09 (register)

Thursday, Oct. 1

8:30 a.m.: Registration opens

9:30 a.m.: Career Summit opens

Reinvention: Renew Yourself, Refine Your ‘Brand’
Susan Mernit, co-founder of Pink Garage, a new online community and resource for women entrepreneurs, and Knight Challenge Fund winner

10:15 a.m.

The Digital Shift: How I Made the Transition and Lived to Talk About It
Lessons for those interested in striking out on their own or in working for a pure digital outlet, as well as those who want to hear how others made the move.
Dean Takahashi, lead writer, VentureBeat
Bruce Koon, News Director, KQED-FM, Public Media for Northern California
Chris Nolan, Editor and Co-Founder,
Moderator: Kim Moy, Director, Front Page Editorial Programming at Yahoo!

Master Class: What Cutting-Edge Companies Look for When Hiring, and Where Journalists Fit In
A session geared toward online journalists who are seeking to advance or are interested in broader tech and media jobs.
Chris Gaither, Google Global Communications and Public Affairs
Neil Chase, Vice President of Author Services, Federated Media
Mara Covell, Executive Recruiter and Managing Director, Howard-Sloan-Koller

11 a.m.: Break

11:15 a.m.

Reinvention How-To
You’re ready, now what? Tips on re-positioning yourself and your career/experience, how to use social media to your advantage, effective networking and where to pick up the best skills.
Krista Canfield, Career Expert, LinkedIn
Susan Bloch, Career Coach
Moderator: Susan Mernit

Noon: Lunch

For lunch ideas, check out our Visitor’s Guide, provided by

1 p.m.

The Hot New Jobs and the Hot New Skill Sets (and What You Need to Get Them)
Amy Webb, Principal Consultant, Webbmedia Group, ONA Board Member

1:30 p.m.: Job Fair Opens

  • Drop-in chats and pre-arranged one-on-one interviews with recruiters (20 minutes each)
  • Pre-arranged resume critiques with Joe Grimm, journalism professor and recruiter
  • Career coaching with:
  • Susan Bloch, Career Coach
  • Karen Danzinger, Managing Partner, Howard-Sloan-Koller
  • Mara Covell, Executive Recruiter and Managing Director, Howard-Sloan-Koller
  • Larry Olmstead, President/Executive Consultant, Leading Edge Associates
  • Work evaluation with multimedia/online journalist Mark Luckie of 10,000 Words.

2 p.m. Special report

As part of a larger study on the state of diversity in media, Leading Edge Associates has surveyed online journalists and others to gain insights on whether organizations are making conscious efforts to address issues of inclusion in hiring,training and content development. LEA president Larry Olmstead and researcher David LaFontaine will present preliminary findings and discuss the implications of the study, a project of UNITY: Journalists of Color.

4 p.m.: Career Summit & Job Fair closes