Once a Journalist, Always a Journalist – Why Journalism Sets you up for Successful Second Careers.

How I Converted from Newspaper Reporter to Spokesman for Homeless Dogs and Cats – and the Occasional Sulcata Tortoise

This presentation will touch on Welsh’s journey in print journalism throughout Southern California, including successes and failures, how to pitch stories to reluctant editors, why journalism is so critical in today’s times and much more. Homemade tip sheets will be provided for all attendees.

John Welsh, Animal Services Chief for Riverside County Animal Services

John is specifically assigned to handle community outreach, public information and media relations. He’s worked for Riverside County since October 2006.

Previously, John worked for print newspapers in Southeast L.A., Madera, Fresno, and the San Gabriel Valley. He has been a sports writer, city government reporter, features writer and an editor. He started work at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside in 2000 as a general assignment reporter and rewrite editor. During his six-year stint at The Press-Enterprise, John covered death-penalty criminal cases, was part of the award-winning team that covered the massive Old Fire of 2003, and earned a reputation for finding offbeat stories.

He left full-time journalism to become a spokesperson for homeless animals and other pet causes on behalf of Riverside County. Riverside County Animal Services has been featured in hundreds of television broadcasts and print stories and the department sometimes finds its stories go global.

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