#JOU3109 guest speaker Kathryn Stolarz discusses collaboration of JOU and PR, offers interviewing advice; Boo at Zoo extra credit due

kathryn_linkedinKathryn Stolarz (@kstolarzwrites) will be our a guest in class on Oct. 22 to talk about interviewing for jobs and the working relationship between reporters and public relations professionals.

Kathryn is senior reporter at The Villages Daily Sun and will be on campus to interview for Interviewing Day. She graduated from UF in 2011 magna cum laude with a major in Journalism and minors in Leadership and Business. She was active in both SPJ and PRSSA and freelanced at The Alligator.

She’ll talk about her job progression, which you’ll see includes both journalism and public relations experiences.

  • Summer internships at Sports & Activities Directory and Forum Publishing (news position); Atlanta Publishing Group (book and PR position); UF Health Science Center /Shands (magazine and PR position); GTN (TV news)
  • Full-time copy editor for The Seminole Tribune (social media, writing, TV, photo)
  • Full-time senior writer for The Villages Daily Sun (writing, TV, radio)

I asked Kathryn to talk about examples of working with public relations content and public relations professionals for her reporting.

blog_boston1From Kathryn:
“The most impactful stories I’ve done at The Villages Daily Sun have been those on the Boston bombings. Villages resident Bob O’Brien lost his 8-year-old grandson, Martin, to the bombing. O’Brien’s daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also suffered injuries.

“News releases on the family’s blog, http://richardfamillyboston.tumblr.com, have been critical to my coverage. The site, run by spokesman Larry Marchese, gives updates on the family and has been a crucial source of quotes and information for my stories.

Read Kathryn’s story from the front page — stolarz_richards_story

Read the blog post that was the source for information and quotes for the story.

P.S. You have the opportunity for a learning experience and extra credit by writing a news release about Santa Fe College’s Boo at the Zoo, using the information provided — extra_credit_news_release Bring two typed copies of your news release to lecture on Oct. 22. We’ll collect one copy that will be given to your lab instructor for five points of extra credit.

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