Cindi Lash, 1980 IUP Journalism alumna, spoke on Friday, November 12, 2010, to about two dozen Journalism Department students in the Online Journalism class taught by Dr. David Loomis.
Her message: Jobs are out there for skilled journalists who seek work in digital media.
She should know.
Lash was working for a daily newspaper as soon as she got her degree from IUP, and she continued to work for dailies for nearly all of the three decades since her graduation. Since January 1, 2009, for example, she has been the Sunday editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
But, this fall, she turned to a path increasingly pursued by experienced print journalists who are jumping to online digital media. In October, Lash hired on with Patch.com, a national network of hyperlocal news websites. Her new job: Patch’s western Pennsylvania regional editor. Her first task: hiring dozens of new reporters to cover the communities surrounding the Pittsburgh metro region.