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April 25, 2012
By Todd Felts
Graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno's Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism will host a live interactive forum at 1 p.m., May 1, bringing job seekers, job creators and journalists together to inspire innovative thinking and ongoing collaboration about jobs in northern Nevada.
The forum, which will have participants gathered at the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, will also feature a Google+ hangout that will allow a small group of jobs experts to talk with community members and students. Anyone interested in this event can also watch virtually via live stream or follow the conversation on Twitter at #Jour4Jobs.
The guest panel will include employment experts and community members who will lead a discussion on topics such as the changing jobs landscape, entrepreneurial business development, career management, flexible jobs and working arrangements, long-term unemployment and underemployment and the older unemployed.
"Journalists play an important role in creating interactive communication tools to connect people, so they can share ideas and form new alliances," Al Stavitsky, dean of the Reynolds School of Journalism, said. "The forum will demonstrate the power of social media to help people exchange information about finding and creating jobs."
The invited guests include representatives from the Reno Collective; Nevada Arts Council; ProNet, a non-profit job-training organization; local small business owners and entrepreneurs; and FlexJobs, a company that promotes telecommuting employment.
"The format of this event will highlight new and innovative ways that journalists are working within their communities," Mike Fancher, a visiting professor and entrepreneurial journalism class instructor, said. "Today's journalism is not a one-way broadcast. It has the capacity to build communities and connect people."
Both graduate and undergraduate students have been studying the topic of jobs for the entire year.
For more information, contact Fancher at MFancher@unr.edu.