My name is Jenna Gobrecht, and I’ve just started my new role as Director of Sales and Growth for The Portager. My job here is to help our advertisers and partners achieve their goals while also bringing new subscribers into The Portager community.
The Portager’s mission is to be a catalyst for ideas and action that help our communities thrive. Our advertisers are critical to this because not only do they drive the local economy, but their support of our publication empowers us to perform the vital community-building and accountability work our journalists perform every day. More ads means more patronage of local businesses, more support for local charities and a bigger budget for newsgathering!
One of my main objectives is to grow the resources we can bring to bear on our journalism, expanding our coverage to more parts of Portage County, fund more investigative work, and build an even stronger team. The Portager is growing fast, exceeding 200,000 impressions via email and online last month, and it’s no longer something a single person (Ben) can do alone.
I’m excited to be part of this effort to make The Portager a community asset that may one day outlive us all.
Let me explain how I got here. I began working for Student Media at Kent State my freshman year in 2018. I started out as a Client Liaison for the Sales and Marketing Office, and in September 2020 I was promoted to Student Sales Manager. In Fall 2019, I began reporting and segment anchoring for TV2 News at Kent State as well. One of my favorite positions I’ve held is hosting the first livestreamed student orientation program, “KSU Live!,” as a part of the Destination Kent State Orientation Program.
Through all of these different experiences, I learned so much about myself and what my passions and talents are. Being a part of The Portager team has given me the opportunity to blend all of my skills and passions together, and I couldn’t be more excited to grow together!
Most importantly, I would love to meet you! If you’re a business, nonprofit or government agency hoping to share your story and grow your audience, I would love to learn more about you and your work.
You can reach me at [email protected] or 330-548-1717. Looking forward to meeting you!