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Gresey: Park conference, career fair among 2013 speaking events

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Kari Miller, director of marketing and public relations for the Batavia Park District, contacted me a few months ago via email.

“I wanted to run an idea by you,” she wrote. “I’m the director of the communications and marketing section for the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. Our annual conference is at the end of January. ... One of the sessions, ‘When the Press Calls,’ is going to be a panel of speakers. We have a couple speakers lined up, but we’re looking for possibly an editor, commissioner or legal counsel. I wondered if you would be interested in being on the panel.”

After getting some additional information from Kari, I told her that I’d like to be part of the event, which takes place Jan. 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

I always try to accept speaking engagements when asked. So far, my docket for 2013 also includes participating in the third annual career fair at Geneva High School in March. I attended the event last year and had a great time speaking with students about what goes into pursuing a career in journalism. The program at the high school seemed very well run, and I do think that the kids got a lot out of it.

Schools, clubs and other organizations that would like to learn more about the Kane County Chronicle or journalism are encouraged to contact me using the information below.

Our paper also hosts job shadowing opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in journalism. And we offer internships to high school and college students.

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• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368.

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