Friday, June 27, 2008

Play Ball! Lunch Overview

So for those of you who RSVP'ed and didn't show -- or decided not to RSVP to the June lunch -- well, it was your loss. Seriously, this month's panel was phenomenal. The questions flowed freely and the speakers were candid with their responses. And I didn't get out of the lunch until 2 p.m.

Some highlights:
  • From Matt Winkler, Associate Dean, Sports Industry Management, Georgetown University: If you want to market to and reach 20-somethings, you'll need to think like that generation. That means: Think online. Think YouTube and Facebook and Twitter.
  • From award-winning sports columnist Christine Brennan: For those of you thinking about going into journalism who are excited by the idea of television, "Write 20 years and then try to get a TV job." Christine went on to talk about the challenges of television reporting, concluding that while she likes TV, there's nothing quite like when it's just her, her notebook, and her computer.
  • From Chartese Burnett, Vice President of Communications, Washington Nationals: Don't be afraid to try something different. After years of working in sports, Chartese took a stint working at NASA headquarters. An invaluable experience, she said. And a challenge. (Chartese is a big believer in making sure every job is a challenge and offers something "new" to learn.)

Of course, that's just what I remember. For those who attended, I'd love to hear what you thought was most memorable.

Was it Christine talking about Title IX and women's sports and being one of the first women in men's locker rooms? Was it Chartese talking about the challenges of marketing baseball to D.C.? Was it Matt talking about online marketing and sharing that England soccer team Manchester United has 1.1 million residents of China in its fan club, all thanks to watching games online?

Let us know!

-- Robin

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pimp This Job: Census Bureau, Audio Visual Production Specialist

Another job opening...

WHERE: Census Bureau
JOB TITLE: Audio Visual Production Specialist, GS-1071-09, CENSUS-D-FE.

The AV Production Specialist position is part of the Census Bureau's in-house media production team.

Job details and application instructions can be found at the USAJOBS Web site. Direct link here.

Or go to the Census Bureau homepage and click on Jobs@Census.

This job opening closes on July 11, 2008.

"Come join the Census Team, where everyone counts!"
The Census Bureau produces quality data that helps Americans better understand our country -- its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Speaker for June Lunch

We've added another speaker for our June lunch! And it's an exciting one.

So welcome to our newest panelist, Christine Brennan, an award-winning USA Today sports columnist, best-selling author and commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NPR and Fox Sports radio.

Does her presence make you want to attend. Email us. Let us know you want to come.

Monday, June 9, 2008

June Lunch: Play Ball!: The Unique Challenges of Sports Communications

A little sneak peek at the June lunch. The email to members will go out tomorrow, so those of you reading the blog today can RSVP early and secure your spot.

WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 2008, from noon - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: McFadden's, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave.

  • Chartese Burnett, Vice President of Communications, Washington Nationals Baseball Club, has worked in sports for 20 years. She spent time with the NFL Players Association, the NBA League Office and got her start at her alma mater, Georgetown University.
  • Matt Winkler, Associate Dean, Sports Industry Management, Georgetown University, has worked in sports for more than 15 years. Winkler developed the national sports career conference - the Sports Events Marketing Experience (SEME), which he has co-managed for five years and expanded to include events in D.C.; L.A.; and Chicago.
RSVP required: CapitalCommunicator (at) gmail (dot) com

Cost to attend: $17
Payment at the door. Cash only. Exact change preferred.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Pimp This (Temporary) Job

Yet another job listing coming in from the membership.

Southeastern University seeks experienced publicist immediately to promote June 22 commencement at DAR Hall, and graduating students in Greater DC region media (DC/MD/VA). Media list, priorities and content leads provided. Please send a sample news release and resume with cover letter indicating media placement capabilities. Hourly ($40) or project rate negotiable for work to include post-event follow-up and placements.

E-mail to Lydia Austin, Director of Human Resources, by COB Tuesday, June 3.

laustin (at) seu (dot) edu.