July 2017
In This Issue
Board of Directors


Thom Fladung
Hennes Communications 

Amy McGahan
Dix & Eaton 

Carol Kovach
Diocese of Cleveland 


Rita Andolsen

John Betchkal
Retired, GE Lighting 

Mary Lou Brink
The Plain Dealer

Toni Garbo

Jennifer Keirn
Keirn & Co

Elizabeth McInyre
Crain's Cleveland Business

Russ Mitchell
Russ Mitchell

Lee Moran
The News-Herald 

Kathleen Osborne
Hathaway Brown School 

Denise Polverine

Joe Pulizzi
Content Marketing Institute 

Todd Schneider

Mark Simpson

Amanda Todorovich
Cleveland Clinic

Past President
Ed Byers
Retired, Medical Mutual 

Lynn Bracic
Professional Management Concepts, Inc. 
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From the President -- Thom Fladung 

How tough is a freelance writing gig these days?
Well, type "how hard is freelance writing" into the Google machine and step back for a long string of laments -with the first one headlined "Why it's so F*ing Hard to Be a Freelance Writer."
If you've ever tried it, you know it's hard. It's also not impossible. And The Press Club of Cleveland has assembled a panel that can help you learn just how possible it is.
Vince Guerrieri, Afi-Odelia Scruggs and Jill Sell will talk about how they've built freelance careers, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26 at Market Garden Brewery on West 25th in Ohio City. The discussion will be moderated by Press Club board member - and successful freelance journalist - Jenifer Keirn. Just click here to sign up.
We know our panelists know how to produce award-winning freelance journalism because they just did it.

Guerrieri, Sell and Scruggs finished first, second and third, respectively, in the Best Freelance Writer in Ohio category for our 2017 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.
This all also allows us to make up for a snafu - or at least attempt to. Because of some confusion with the service we use to help organize the judging of our awards, the freelancers were left out of the awards show held at the House of Blues in June.
Oy. As if freelancing already weren't tough enough, right?
We were mortified. The whole idea of the awards is to celebrate the excellent journalism going on all around us and we missed an entire category.
We can't go back and make up for that. But we do plan to celebrate our freelance award-winners on July 26th. And now we get to listen and learn from them as well.
Please join us. 

Welcome new members
Joe Rodgers
Perform Group Media
Joe works for Perform Group Media, which is the parent company of Omnisport worldwide and Sporting News in the U.S., as an associate editor and content strategist. "I'm moving to Cleveland after three years in Charlotte, N.C. and will be working remotely. I'm a proud Oakland University (communication) and Kansas State (public relations)  graduate   with a  background in sports media and interests in content marketing and media relations." 

Joe hopes to create relationships through The Press Club and find opportunities to volunteer in the community. "As an outdoor enthusiast, I look forward to fishing the Cleveland waterways and exploring its extensive Metropark system." 
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