June 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 Todorvich
Cleveland Clinic

Past President
Ed Byers
Retired, Medical Mutual 

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

Journalism mattered at the House of Blues on the first Friday in June.
A sell-out crowd gathered for our 39th annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, with dozens of examples of award-winning journalism that matters, done by journalists who care.
Again this year, we had a record number of entries, with more than 900 from around the state. The entries were judged by Press Club members from across the nation. This year, that included journalists from New Orleans, Western Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Idaho, Milwaukee, San Francisco, San Diego, Syracuse and Arizona. We do this to remove any hint of favoritism and to reinforce that the judging of our awards is completely independent of our club.
Excellence in Journalism award-winners, in that great Northeast Ohio tradition, have earned it. (To see all the winners and our program from the event, go to 2017 E in J winners list in program.)
Journalism also isn't free. We thank FirstEnergy Corp. for being the Press Club's corporate sponsor for the Excellence in Journalism Awards. We also thank the Cleveland Browns for sponsoring our awards reception, PR Newswire for its supporting sponsorship and the House of Blues for again playing host.
I also hope you'll join me in thanking Lee Moran, Press Club board member and chair of the Excellence in Journalism awards committee, as well as our ace staffers Lynn Bracic and Debi Weslek, and Press Club board member Jennifer Keirn, who graciously stepped in for me and expertly acted as awards MC while I was out of town at a wedding. (Because family matters, too.)
Finally, congratulations to all our winners and entrants. Your hard work makes a difference. Your dedication is inspiring. And damn right your journalism matters.
Press Club programs matter.
Been to a Press Club program this year? If not, so far, you missed:
  • The social media experts who make the Cavs and Indians Twitter feeds go.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer journalists who created the true-crime podcast "Accused" -- one of the most downloaded podcasts in the nation last year.
  • A fierce trivia contest.
  • A guide to what to do if you're attacked on Twitter.
  • A Q&A session with Sashi Brown, leader of the Cleveland Browns front office.
Now, aren't you sorry you missed all that?
But wait! There's more! In September, you can meet and talk with Scott Berinato, senior editor for the Harvard Business Review. We're also planning a spelling bee. And we'll have our annual Hall of Fame inductions (more on that in this newsletter), our holiday party and more in the second half of the year. Watch your email and our website for more info.
We'll keep working to bring in newsmakers, find topical subjects and have some fun at our programs. But you'll ultimately determine if the programs work -- by coming to them. We bet it'll be worth your time.
Call for nominations for The Press Club of Cleveland's Journalism Hall of Fame
The Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame Committee is calling for nominations for induction into The Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and for the 10th annual Chuck Heaton Award.

The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Nominations will be accepted from Press Club members. Finalists for induction into the Class of 2017 and for the Chuck Heaton Award will be chosen by the Press Club Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Who is eligible for induction? Nominees must have:
  • Made notable contributions to broadcast or print journalism in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership, courage or contributions to the news industry.
  • Either worked in the Cleveland area, or had an exceptional career here before going elsewhere.
The Chuck Heaton Award, which will be presented for the 10th time this year, goes to a journalist who exemplifies the sensitivity and humility, along with the journalistic traits, that were exhibited by the late Plain Dealer reporter. The nominee's contributions to the community will weigh heavily for this award.

Please provide the following information:

Your name, phone number and the name of your nominee. Also, indicate either Hall of Fame or Heaton Award on the nomination document.

IMPORTANT: Why is this individual worthy of recognition? Provide background information, including the reason for nomination, in 300 words or less.

How to submit the information:

Enter "Hall of Fame nomination" or "Heaton Award" on the subject line and email nominations to: pressclubcle@gmail.com , or send by U.S. mail to:
The Press Club of Cleveland
28022 Osborn Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44140.
Attention: Carol Kovach/Journalism Hall of Fame/Chuck Heaton Award Selection Committee 

Welcome new members
Michael Gill, Editor 
CAN Journal
Michael Gill began his career writing about the arts as a freelancer for the Lorain Morning Journal in 1993. He subsequently became staff writer and senior editor / Arts for the Cleveland Free Times in 2002, and then arts editor at Cleveland Scene from the two papers' merger in 2008 to 2011. During that time he won multiple Press Club awards, including Best Essayist in Ohio in 2007.  In 2011 he began to lay the groundwork to fill a gap in the Northeast Ohio media landscape, creating a quarterly print magazine and website dedicated to coverage of the burgeoning visual art scene. CAN began publication in 2012, achieved nonprofit status in 2015, and continues to grow and serve as arts communication infrastructure for Northeast Ohio. Michael has a BA from Hiram College and an MFA from Eastern Washington University. He lives in Lakewood with his wife Lisa and two children.   
Olivera Perkins, reporter                            The Plain Dealer
Olivera Perkins is a reporter at The Plain Dealer covering labor, workforce development and other employment issues. She has received many awards, including those from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors and The Press Club of Cleveland.

Olivera was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

She received a MS from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and a BA in Journalism and Politics from New York University.

Olivera became a member of The Press Club to join with people who share her passion for journalism, are focused on journalistic excellence and are committed to diversity in newsroom staffing and coverage.
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 Meet-and-greet with Scott Berinato, senior editor, Harvard Business Review 
Berinato  is an award-winn ing writer, editor, content architect and self-described "dataviz geek" who has championed the use of visual communication and storytelling at HBR. He's launched successful visual formats, including popular narrated infographics, on  HBR.org , and  also writes about technology, business, science, and the future of publishing. 

September 7, 2017
House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
308 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Cost $20 (includes drink ticket and hors d'oeuvres

Photos from Excellence in Journalism Awards - June 2, 2017 at the House of Blues


Job Opening: Cleveland Jewish News
I am writing to let you know that the Cleveland Jewish News has a job opening for a digital content producer to join our editorial team. Our ideal candidate has a bachelor's degree in journalism or a related concentration and has a passion for creating and distributing news content across different media. 

Qualified applicants can email me their resumes directly at  rfellenbaum@cjn.org

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