MARCH 2019
In This Issue
Board of Directors


Amy McGahan
Dix & Eaton

Vice President
Denise Polverine

Vice President
Bob Rosenbaum
Heights Observer

Carol Kovach
Diocese of Cleveland 

Mary Lou Brink
The Plain Dealer


Kevin Adelstein
Cleveland Jewish News

Sam Allard
Cleveland Scene

Rita Andolsen

John Betchkal
Retired, GE Lighting 

Jason Brill
Great Lakes Publishing

Cristy Carlson
Falls Communications

Ginger Christ
The Plain Dealer

Dave Johnson

Elizabeth McInyre
Crain's Cleveland Business

Russ Mitchell
Russ Mitch ell

Lee Moran
The News-Herald 

Kathleen Osborne
Hathaway Brown School

Past President
  Thom Fladung
Thom Fladung
Hennes Communications 

Lynn Bracic
Professional Management Concepts, Inc. 
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From the President, Amy McGahan

Welcome to this edition of The Press Club of Cleveland's Byliner. In this issue, we introduce you to our new board members and officers, who have already hit the ground running. Last month, we gathered for a retreat to address priorities for the organization and plan for 2019. The enthusiasm and ideas that flowed during the retreat were so energizing. I am excited to see what this year has in store.

Among other topics, we discussed programming ideas that we think would be of interest to the club and to those who care about journalism. While we came up with a number of ideas, we would love to hear from you. See below for more details from our programming committee. 

Additionally, big thanks to the following board members who have stepped forward to lead committees:
Programming: Denise Polverine
Membership: Jason Brill
Sponsorship: Dave Johnson
Engagement: Kathleen Osborne

They could use your help! If you would be interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact us at

Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the Press Club of Cleveland. Be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Looking forward to an exciting year!
2019 Newly elected
Press Club board members

Amy McGahan, Dix & Eaton was elected president to The Press Club of Cleveland's board of directors. Denise Polverine, WKYC-TV, and Bob Rosenbaum, The Heights Observer, are serving as vice presidents. Carol Kovach, the Diocese of Cleveland,  is continuing as treasurer and Mary Lou Brink, The Plain Dealer, is coming in to fill the secretary's position.

New board members elected to serve on The Press Club's board are Kevin Adelstein, Cleveland Jewish News; Sam Allard, Cleveland Scene; Jason Brill, Great Lakes Publishing;Cristy Carlson, Falls Communications; Ginger Crist, The Plain Dealer; Dave Johnson, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland; and Jennifer Young, FirstEnergy.

The new board members join board members Rita Andolsen, MetroHealth; John Betchkal, Retired, GE Lighting; Elizabeth McIntyre, Crain's Cleveland Business; Russ Mitchell, WKYC-TV; Lee Moran, The News-Herald; and Kathleen Osborne, Hathaway Brown School.

Lynn Bracic is executive secretary for The Press Club of Cleveland office. If you would like to get involved on a committee, please call the Press Club office at 440.899-1222.
Excellence in Journalism Awards Entry Deadline is coming soon. (March 15, 2019)
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Upcoming events:

Don't Miss these upcoming programs!

Meet the Media: Reinventing Local News
Watch the Press Club of Cleveland's Facebook and twitter accounts for more details in the next week on our April program which will feature the leaders in our local newsrooms talking about how they are staying relevant on all platforms.
Press Club Brew Tour
Come hang out with journalists, PR professionals and other communications experts, as well as those interested in these fields at one of our Press Club Brew Tour stops we will have throughout the year. More details to come!
You tell us! What programs would you attend? Please tweet us @PressClubCle or email us at and let us know! Some topics we are discussing: Fake News, MLB All Star Game coverage, Human Trafficking, Election, Tips of Accessing Public Records, Marijuana as a beat, Trivia Night and more!
 Cleveland International Film Festival
The Press Club of Cleveland is a proud community partner with the Cleveland International Film Festival in presenting "Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People" at this year's festival.

Narrated by Adam Driver, the film documents how Pulitzer built his news empire and used it "to give voice to the voiceless and to empower the disenfranchised. With his passion for democratic ideals, Pulitzer fought for the free press and essentially created the news as we know it today."

The 85-minute film has three screenings: 5:45 p.m. on Friday, April 5; 11:10 a.m. on Saturday, April 6; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

Tickets cost $16 (less for members and seniors) and go on sale to the general public on March 15. Get an extra $1 off  by using the code "PRESS" when buying tickets for any screening of this film. 
Hashtag: #CIFF43
Twitter @CIFF  / #CIFF43
Instagram @CleFilmFest  / #CIFF43
A few women's Press Club T-Shirts still available

T-shirts have been sent out to states as far away as Texas this past week. The photo below is of a student, Justin Bachman, who is studying broadcast journalism at the Newhouse School /  Syracuse University. He is in his senior year. "Loved the shirt and will wear it proudly!"

 Crew necks or women's scoop necks are available.
Women's medium (size 6-8) / large (size 10-12)

$10 each if you pick up at one of our events
Shipping/handling is additional charge (if shipped).


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