ProfNet Experts Available on Super Tuesday, Child Abuse, More

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Mar 02, 2016, 11:47 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Protecting Children From Abuse
  • Finding and Developing Talent in the Engineering Industry

EXPERT ROUNDUP: 2016 Election


  • Foreign Editor – Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Radio and Digital Producer – Colorado Public Radio (CO)
  • News Reporter – Butler Eagle (PA)


  • Expert Spotlight: John Sweeney, author of "The Innovative Mindset"
  • Virtual Reality and 360-Degree Video Taking News to a New Level
  • Scriptwriting 101: Tips to Get Started on Writing for Video


Protecting Children From Abuse
Andrew Shubin
Sexual Abuse Attorney
Law Office of Andrew Shubin
"When Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown leaders gave pedophile priests access to children, and the time and space to groom and abuse them, they betrayed children, families and a community. Many in the Catholic community seek absolution for a church and a religion by arguing that the conviction of specific abusers settles the issue of culpability. We can expect a similar refrain from church officials over the new grand jury report released by PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Tuesday, March 1. Institutions do more than enable abuse, they cause it. Protecting our children demands more than jailing a predator -- it requires holding institutions and their leaders accountable for betraying and catastrophically injuring our children."
Shubin led the charge to hold Penn State accountable for its role in the decades-long sexual abuse of boys at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. He represented Sandusky victims 2, 3, 7 and 10, Matt Sandusky, and others in their historic civil settlements with Penn State. His work was featured in "Happy Valley," a documentary detailing the Penn State scandal.
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Finding and Developing Talent in the Engineering Industry
L. Joe Boyer
CEO, North America
Atkins Global
"With the talent gap continuing to widen, our sector will have to continue to come up with creative ideas for finding and developing new engineering talent. We have started early in the recruiting process of engineers by working with high school kids and getting them interested in our industry with ideas and projects they can relate to, such as drones."
Based in Austin, Texas, Boyer can discuss how demand outpaces the supply of talent in the engineering industry and the gap in the specialty skill set, such as the shortage of transportation infrastructure engineers across the country.
Contact: Amanda Abbott, 

EXPERT ROUNDUP: 2016 Election

If you're covering Super Tuesday, or the 2016 election in general, here is a roundup of experts from the ProfNet network that are available to be interviewed:



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  • Foreign Editor – Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Radio and Digital Producer – Colorado Public Radio (CO)
  • News Reporter – Butler Eagle (PA)



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  • EXPERT SPOTLIGHT: JOHN SWEENEY, AUTHOR OF 'THE INNOVATIVE MINDSET.' Each month, we spotlight an expert from the ProfNet network that we think journalists will find interesting and timely. With World Innovation Week coming up soon, this month's spotlight belongs to John Sweeney, author of "The Innovative Mindset" (and the Minnesota Timberwolves' superfan, Jiggly Boy!):
  • VIRTUAL REALITY AND 360-DEGREE VIDEO TAKING NEWS TO A NEW LEVEL. From The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times and Associated Press, news organizations are using new technology to tell otherwise traditional stories in dramatically different ways. Earlier this week, "Good Morning America" used 360-degree virtual reality to take its viewers on an African safari -- live on the air. We take a closer look at what this means for the news industry:
  • SCRIPTWRITING 101: TIPS TO GET STARTED ON WRITING FOR VIDEO. A blank page is to a scriptwriter what a blank canvas is to an artist. Like a painter who pulls from his imagination, you might draft a script drawn from what you already have in mind before you ever head out into the field to shoot and grab the elements. The downside to that approach is you run the risk of tunnel vision -- keeping your eyes peeled for only those "scripted scenes" and overlooking more natural, fun moments you never could have anticipated. Whatever your strategy, creativity starts with writing. Here are some tips to get started:


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