Professional Development Series

PBMF’s professional development series is designed to give chapter members resources to help them thrive in today’s increasingly competitive media industry.  The series includes panel discussions and other events about a wide variety of topics, including freelancing, using digital tools, tax return preparation, data-driven journalism and ethics.
2016 Professional Development Events
“Turning the Page: Moving from an Idea to a Book” — March 17
PBMF will host a panel discussion on the do’s and don’ts of getting a book published. The panel, “Turning the Page: Moving from an Idea to a Book,” will take place during the March 17 general-body meeting.
The panel will include the following:
•  Sharon G. Flake, a Pittsburgh-based bestselling, award-winning author of young adult literature
•  Todd Hunter, an editor at Atria Publishing, which is an imprint of New York-based publisher Simon & Schuster Inc. (appearing via Skype)
•  LaMont Jones Jr., a freelance writer who founded Pneuma Publishing International Inc., a full-service, boutique publishing company
•  Natalie McNeal, a former Miami Herald reporter who used a personal finance blog, “The Frugalista Files,” to create a book and brand (appearing via Skype)
Refreshments will be provided by OCG Dish.
PBMF’s Professional Development Committee, of which Jones is chair, is organizing the event.  For more information, contact Jones at 412-612-9699 or email