February 2018
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

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

Todd Schneider

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 

New collaboration, upcoming events

The best journalism I've seen has almost always been the result of collaboration - reporters pairing up, reporters, photographers and graphic artists working together and -when all the cylinders really are firing -reporters, visual journalists, line editors and copy editors all coming together to produce journalism that matters. There's strength in numbers. 
That's why we're glad at The Press Club of Cleveland to start working more closely with our colleagues at the Cleveland professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists.
  We've been talking with Carrie Buchanan, the SPJ president, and Harry Boomer, GCABJ president, about what we can work on together. 
Carrie had the first idea. We want to spread the word about journalism that matters, reporting that overwhelms fake news with facts and all the great stories that are being done in our region. There are lots of community groups that want to hear about that - as well as challenge us and ask us questions. We'll now be working with Carrie and Harry to identify those groups, make clear to them that we're ready to tell our story of journalism in greater Cleveland and collaborate among our organizations to get them speakers. 
If you're in such a community group or know of one, tell them about us. If they have an interest in hearing and learning more about journalism that matters, we have the journalists ready to talk about it. And if you have ideas about how our three journalism organizations can work together and collaborate more closely, we want to hear them.

The Press Club goes to the movies: March 14
By now, you should have gotten a save the date alert for one of the most exciting new programs we've tried in years. On March 14, we'll have a special "sneak peek" of the Cleveland International Film Festival. It's all been spearheaded by Mark Durbin, manager, Energy Delivery & State Communications at FirstEnergy, and movie buff. Mark came to us courtesy of Press Club board member and FirstEnergy Corporate Communications Director Todd Schneider with the idea. We like people with smart ideas. We love people with smart ideas who want to take a lead role in making the idea an event.
Thanks to Mark and Press Club board members, we'll have a program that includes film festival Executive Director Marcie Goodman and Marketing and Media Director Debby Samples, Cleveland Film Commission CEO Ivan Schwartz, Plain Dealer entertainment reporter Laura DeMarco and possibly others.
If you like movies, writing and reading about movies - go to this! And help us spread the word. Here's how to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sneak-peek-of-the-cleveland-international-film-festival-tickets-42998425448
The Press Club continues its trivial pursuits: March 15
Back by popular demand is Trivia Night. On March 15 at Market Garden Brewery, join us. There will be prizes! Fun! Frivolity! And the opportunity to show everyone how smart you are. Or at least how much otherwise-useless information you've managed to acquire. Go here to get your ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/press-club-trivia-night-march-15-2018-tickets-42875871887


The Press Club of Cleveland is planning a "sneak peek" of the Cleveland International Film Festival
along with an overview of movie making in Cleveland.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Capitol Movie Theatre

1390 W. 65
th Street

In Cleveland's artsy up and coming
Gordon Square District 
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
$20.00 per person advance
(includes one drink) 
$25.00 day of event
General public is welcome!
The panel will include:
Marcie Goodman, Executive Director, and Debby Samples, Marketing and Media Director, of the Cleveland International Film Festival
Along with showing previews of some of this year's film festival entries, they will discuss:
  • The growth of the film festival over the 42 years of its existence
  • How traditional and social media have helped the festival expand
  • The communications strategy - local, national and international outreach - that has been used to attract film submissions and audience members 
Ivan Schwartz, President and CEO, Cleveland Film Commission
His topics will include:
  • A recap of high-profile Hollywood movies (The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier; Fast and Furious 8) that have filmed in Cleveland
  • How does the Film Commission "pitch" Cleveland as a movie-making destination.
  • Success stories of local companies leveraging Film Commission work to expand their businesses, add jobs and bring revenue to the local economy. 
  • Reviewing how competitive the film industry is and explain how Ohio state tax credits have helped attract film production.  
Laura Demarco, Entertainment Writer, Cleveland Plain Dealer
She will cover:
  • The challenges of being a local cheerleader versus asking hard questions about public money spent for movie-making efforts.
  • How to cover a movie being filmed without giving away too many spoilers.
  • How cell phone photos/videos and social media have changed the reporting process.
There is plenty of free parking throughout the neighborhood near the Capitol Theatre including multiple parking lots and plenty of street parking. Come for the event and stay to enjoy one of the many up-and-coming restaurants in the neighborhood.

Beer, wine and cocktails will be available at the concession stand, and discounted popcorn/fountain drink combos also are available.

Don't miss this great opportunity to hear about the movie business in Cleveland!
Our second trivia night has been added to the Press Club's calendar: 
March 15th
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Get your teams together (teams of 4), 
or we will pair you up with other individuals .
Registration information will be out shortly. We had sold out crowds for our past Trivia Nights .... get registered early.   Click here to register online.
Get your entries in for our 
2018 Excellence in Journalism Awards competition!!! 

Don't miss out on getting your entries in for our Excellence in Journalism Awards competition.  
Press Club T-Shirts still available
Crew necks or women's scoop necks are available.
Women's small (size 2-4) / medium (size 6-8) /
large (size 10-12)
Men's medium / large / extra large
$10 each if you pick up at one of our events
Shipping/handling is additional charge (if shipped).


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