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Sunrise Seminar #1 - Digital Storytelling

August 05, 2015
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
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Buffalo Niagara Partnership - The Knox Room
665 Main Street, Suite #200
Buffalo, NY 14203

Online storytelling takes many forms. Infographics can help display complex statistics in a user-friendly, engaging way. Thanks to Serial, podcasts have never been hotter. And blogs are a tried-and-true way to share your story and your client’s story with your audiences.

Whether you’re blogging for your company or on behalf of multiple clients, or simply sharing your hobby with the world, success in the blogosphere comes to down to one thing - telling compelling stories that appeal to and reach your audience. Come hear how three regional bloggers did just that.

In the first week of PRSA’s Sunrise Seminar Series presented by Mobile First Media, you’ll learn how to launch a blog, find an audience, hone a voice and tell stories that grab and excite your readers.


Jackie Hausler, haus2home
Jackie HauslerJackie Hausler is director of communications and alumni relations for the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the founder of the lifestyle blog With each project on haus2home, Jackie walks readers through DIY projects, while inspiring and teaching about living a green lifestyle. Her previous blogging experience includes managing Trocaire College’s blog and guest blogging for the Valu Home Centers blog and “We’re Getting Married” on

Ben Kirst, Quinlan & Co.
Ben KirstAs the director of content marketing at Quinlan & Co., Ben Kirst leads a team of writers and PR professionals. He is responsible for all content marketing efforts for Quinlan and its clients, including Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, Apple Rubber and Sahlen’s Hot Dogs. He has received multiple industry awards for his work, including three Bronze Telly awards and two Addy awards. Before joining Quinlan in August 2013 as copywriter and content strategist, Ben served as digital communications manager for The Buffalo News, where he was responsible for the reinvention of

Alan Bedenko, Buffalo Pundit
Alan Bedenko
Alan Bedenko is a partner with Feldman Kieffer, defending civil litigation matters for clients throughout New York. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Clarence, having moved to Western New York from Boston in 2001. Alan has been blogging since 2003 and has written for, Artvoice, Buffalo Spree and City & State. He writes a regular online column for The Public and tweets at @buffalopundit.

Notes: Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.
Program will run promptly from 8-9 a.m. Light continental breakfast will be provided. Parking has been arranged at St. Michael’s Church (651 Washington St, Buffalo 14203), across from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. It is easiest to enter the lot from behind the church, on Ellicott Street:

PRSA Buffalo Niagara Chapter 2015 Sunrise Seminar Series Sponsor:

Mobile First Media, LLC and Digital Healthcom Group (its healthcare division) offer a full menu of digital media, communications and strategic consulting services. Let us be your navigators to integrated communications success through responsive web design; custom mobile app development; social media strategy and analytics; blog development; video production; search engine optimization and marketing; 2D and 3D animations; and through customized individual or group professional development programs. Visit, call 716-361-9124 or email [email protected] for more information.


$25.00 PRSA Member Registration
$15.00 Earlybird rate before July 25

$40.00 Nonmember Registration
$30.00 Earlybird rate before July 25

$0.00 PRSSA Student Registration

$15.00 Non-PRSSA College Student Registration
$10.00 Earlybird rate before July 25