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Career Conversations:
Careers in Communications, Journalism and Writing

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 pm
109 Atkinson College (Harry Crowe Room)

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Stong College, Office of the Master as part of the Create Your Future program. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Registration on the Career Centre's online system is required for all panel events (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).

About the Event

Interested in a career working in Communications, Journalism or Writing? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Participating Panelists

Chris Jai Centeno
Alumnus: BA Anthropology, 2009

I'm a Manila-born, Dhahran-raised, Rabat, Los Angeles and Ottawa-lived, Toronto-based journalist.

My experience covers all aspects of media from a national newswire (Postmedia News), newspapers (Toronto Star, Xtra), big-market tv (Global Toronto, The Morning Show), an alternative weekly (EYE WEEKLY), various arts and fashion magazines (The Advocate, FQ, fab) and online.

Highlights in my young career involve breaking the AIDS conference refugee story for Xtra - which was one of the top stories of 2006 (while still the editor of Excalibur) - helping cover the 2011 Federal Election and the Royal Wedding as an online editor for Postmedia News, reporting on the fashion shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for three seasons in a row, and live-tweeting 9/11's 10th anniversary in New York City.

Donna Cope
Director, Communications, Vice-Provost Students, York University
Alumna: BA English, 2001

MA English, University of Toronto, 2009

I have a passion for learning and the power of wordcraft. I'm curious about everything to do with language – from Anglo-Saxon poetry to lexicography to social media – and use it to my advantage every day. I arrived at York in 2000 (my third career switch) and have more than 30 years' experience within the marketing and communication field, including management, corporate, retail and non-profit communications, training and development, freelance writing, editing and web development. A mixed bag indeed, but a solid foundation for whatever I choose in future.

Elio Iannacci
Features Editor, Maclean's and Fashion Magazine
Alumnus: BA Creative Writing, 1999

Elio Iannacci is an award-winning writer who has been reporting on culture and entertainment for more than 10 years. He is currently the features editor at FASHION magazine and is a longstanding arts reporter for Maclean's magazine. His work has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Chatelaine and The Hollywood Reporter as well as more than 50 other American, Italian and German periodicals. Throughout his relatively short career, Elio has had the opportunity to speak to some of the world's most fascinating people. Included in his list of interviews are iconic names that range from Karl Lagerfeld to Lady Gaga, Beyoncé Knowles to Madonna and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet alongside authors such as Margaret Atwood, Camille Paglia and David Sedaris.

Victoria Shearham
Join In Press
Alumna: BA History (major), English (minor) & Primary-Junior Concurrent Education, 2014

There is something magical about sparking a child’s interest in reading and allowing their imagination to soar. I have always been interested in children’s books and I have begun to seriously concentrate on writing and illustrating. As a self-published author and future teacher, I found writing children’s books gave me the opportunity to combine my love of art and literature with my passion for inspiring and educating children.

Kim Walker
Job Evaluation and Pay Equity Officer, Steelworkers Local 1998
Alumna: BA Women's Studies, 2003

I am a Job Evaluation and Pay Equity Officer at Steelworkers Local 1998, serving over 7000 members at the University of Toronto. During my time at York I was Editor-in-Chief for Atkinson College's community newsmagazine, 'The Atkinsonian'. Since graduation I have been involved in various initiatives at the Steelworkers, including communications, administration, job evaluation and pay equity. I am active in social justice and community-based issues and served 3 years as the Chair of the Board of Directors for a non-profit daycare in Toronto's east-end. I am a mother of two and am passionately committed to raising the profile of equity and public interest issues.

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