March 2016
In This Issue
Board of Directors


Ed Byers

Vice President
Thom Fladung

Amy McGahan

Carol Kovach


Rita Andolsen

John Betchkal

Mary Lou Brink

Toni Garbo

Jennifer Keirn
Russ Mitchell
Russ Mitchell

Lee Moran

Kathleen Osborne

Mary Patton

Denise Polverine

Joe Pulizzi

Todd Schneider

Past President

Michael Bennett

Lynn Bracic
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From the President - Ed Byers

March greetings,

I just want to take some time to say 'thank you' to this year's Press Club Board of Directors. I am in total awe of the hard-working people who drive this organization. Scroll down the left -hand side of this newsletter and check out that Board roster. I invite you to come on out to any of our events and meet them. They are all great people and I am more than honored to be working with them.

We still have Corporate Partnership Opportunities available. Would your company like to become a Press Club sponsor? Call Lynn Bracic at the Press Club office and find out about it. You will be surprised by how much exposure you can get for so few sponsorship dollars.

The hour is getting late -- the deadline for submitting your entries for the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards is drawing near. Midnight March 7 is when the window for entries closes. The awards will be presented the evening of Friday June 3 at the House of Blues and we thank the HOB for hosting the event for the third consecutive year.

Speaking of deadlines....

You have until May 2 to nominate someone for The Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and Chuck Heaton Award. We have a goodly number of carryover nominations from last year, but don't let that stop you from nominating a most-worthy journalist of your liking. Email the Press Club with your choice and tell us in a few words why you think he or she is deserving. Please scroll down for complete details.

I hope to see you soon at one of our events. We have some great ones coming up as you'll see below.

Last Calls:
All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Entries: 
Deadline to enter is midnight on March 7, 2016

 The Press Club of Cleveland's
2016 Membership Roster 
Dues must be paid by midnight on March 7th, 2016 
to be included
Coming Up This Month:
"Content Marketing: What Journalists Should Know. What PR & Marketing Pros Must Know" 
Date:  March 15
Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Place:  Music Box 
APRIL 8th Panel Discussion:

"All Eyes on CLE: 
The RNC, 15,000 media and how you can get a piece of the spotlight"

With a media presence second only to the Olympics, the 2016 Republican National Convention has everyone asking the same question - how do I grab some attention from the 15,000 visiting media? Our panel will include journalists fresh off the official RNC media walk-through on April 6, along with the point people working with the visiting media. They'll share insider perspectives on what to expect from the media horde and how you can make your story part of Cleveland's story. 

Confirmed Panelists:
Emily Lauer                                 Rick Batyko
Senior Director                           SVP, Marketing,
of PR/Communications            Communicatons &
Destination Cleveland               Development
                                                        Team NEO
Other Panelists TBA

                                      Russ Mitchell

Date: Friday, April 8, 11:30 to 1:30

Cost is: $35 for Press Club members
$37 for PRSA & NIRI Members
$40 for Non-members
$30 for Full-time Students
Event sponsored by:

Welcome new members
Alicia Nevin
Alicia Nevin is a marketing specialist at BDO USA, LLP who focuses on delivering impact across marketing channels.  She joined BDO in December 2015.  Alicia spent the last five years working at Lincoln Electric as a marketing communications specialist. She specialized in corporate branding, product marketing, and B2C marketing. Alicia helped to build and incorporate brand standards within the company and was responsible for successful product launches.

She is a graduate of Miami University and Cleveland State University's Global MBA program. Alicia and her husband, Miles, resided in Lakewood and enjoy running and traveling to new places.

Why I joined the Press Club:  I wanted to connect with people in the industry to learn from their experiences and to discuss new trends that are shaping the marketing field.
Mark H. Simpson
Mark H. Simpson joined ideastream as managing editor, news, overseeing news operations beginning in October 2014. Simpson is a former news director and assistant news director at WMFE, a public radio station in Orlando, Fla. And, prior to that, he was the assistant news director for Florida Public Radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, Fla. Before coming to Cleveland, he worked in Luanda, Angola as the social media manager for PSI/Angola, a global health organization that focuses on malaria prevention, HIV prevention and safe water.
Throughout his news career, Simpson has covered a variety of regional stories for NPR, including the space shuttle and NASA, the Trayvon Martin case and invasive pythons. He holds a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, as well as a master's in Planning and Civic Urbanism from Rollins College. He has experience as a reporter, producer, host and manager and has created, produced and hosted a weekly public affairs radio show, helped craft WMFE's news social media strategy and has also worked in commercial TV news.
Hall of Fame and Heaton Award Nominations
It is never too early to begin calling for nominations to The Press Club Hall of Fame and Chuck Heaton Award nominees. So, here we go.

Nominations for The Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall Fame and the 2016 Chuck Heaton Award are being accepted until May 2.
Nominations should include contact information for both the nominator and the candidate, and as much biographical information about the nominee as possible.
Send nominations by e-mail to The Press Club of Cleveland at pressclubcle@gmail.
Please put: "Hall of Fame Nominee" in your subject line.
Or, you can snail-mail them to:
The Press Club of Cleveland:
c/o HOF Nominations
28022 Osborn Road
Cleveland, OH 44140

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