Minnesota native Jannet Walsh, of Murdock, has 23 years of experience in public relations, communication and social media. Her expertise areas are writing, photography, both still and video.

Work experience includes large and small newspapers and regional workforce boards. Her language skills are expanding to include conversations in Spanish and Dutch.

Working in media and public relations during recession-high unemployment rates in Florida at Workforce Connection, a regional workforce board, Walsh worked on workforce education, training and unemployment topics in Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties in Florida. She also wrote on topics related to workforce issues for both employers and job candidates as a columnist and was a contributor to the 2010 Great Communicator Award for an Institution awarded to Workforce Connection from the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Society.
She was a staff photographer of the Star-Banner, a New York Times-owned regional daily newspaper in Ocala, Florida for almost 11 years until the economic crisis in 2008. Walsh worked on Spanish conversation skills while living and working in Florida.

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Walsh had the opportunity to converse in Dutch while working as a freelance photographer at Limburgs Dagblad, a daily newspaper in Herleen, the Netherlands. She had a North American Treaty Organization (NATO) contract for portrait photography at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany, established a Dutch registered photo agency called JWK Foto and is a former member of Dutch Association of Photojournalists. Prior to working in Europe, Walsh was a staff photographer at the Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska.

She has been an active visual journalism mentor to students and educators at the University of Florida, a visiting lecturer in journalism at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland via live video connection and has participated several times on live English language radio programs on Radio ER 87.5 FM, a Lubin, in Poland on various topics.


Master of Arts in photography
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Bachelor of Science – Mass communication with advertising emphasis, minor in marketing and general business
Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, Minnesota

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  1. Jannet,

    I’m not much of a blogger, but I received a link to your blog from Kay Kennedy. Kay and I are “double first cousins” (our dads were brothers and our mothers were sisters). I was trying to figure out some of the connections between your ancestors and mine, but when I saw and listened to the video of Jen and Mart Walsh, I was “grabbed”. I’m still unsure of our family connections (but if you are a first cousin of Kay, that means we are first cousins too), but I immediately recognized Jen (who was a sister to my grandmother, Rose Pothen, I believe?) and Mart. I was in that house in Murdock dozens of times, and one of my favorite family photos is of my brothers, and Kay’s brothers–perhaps before I was born, posing in front of that house!

    Where I’m most confused is: is your grandfather Martin Walsh, Jr? If I have digested this correctly, I was an altar boy with Mike Walsh for Martin’s wedding in the cathedral in St. Cloud. Was that your grandfather? Boy, small world.

    As you can see from my website, I’m currently the president of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. I’m stepping down from my presidency at the end of this year and looking forward to moving to our second home in Baxter, MN. We’ve had that home for 20 years or more. Our roots–like yours–are deeply imbedded in MN.


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