April 2021
UPCOMING PRESS CLUB EVENTS

PANEL: CLEVELAND'S ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: TODAY at NOON 

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
This program will be held virtually via zoom Sign up now to reserve your spot.
Free for Press Club members, $5 for non-members

William (Bill) Adams, senior economist - The PNC Financial Service Group
Dr. Kay Strong, professor Baldwin-Wallace University
Moderated by Elizabeth McIntyre, Crain's Cleveland Business
PLANS UNDERWAY FOR HALL OF FAME, CHUCK HEATON AWARD EVENT

The Press Club of Cleveland is planning for an in-person Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Chuck Heaton Award presentation. Anticipated date is Thursday, March 3, 2022 at a place to be determined.

Watch future issues of the Byliner for further details.

The Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominees for the next Hall of Fame class as well as candidates for the Chuck Heaton Award.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1981 to recognize individual achievements and contributions to Cleveland media, to preserve a sense of local journalism’s past and to create a tradition and collective inspiration to those who will follow.

Press Club members can submit candidates to pressclubcle@gmail.com with Hall of Fame nominee in the subject line. Include the name, email address and phone number of the nominee as well as a brief recap of the person’s journalism career. Nominations also must include the name, email address and phone number of the nominator.

The Chuck Heaton Award was conceived in 2008 by longtime Press Club board member John Betchkal, who was a friend of Heaton. The award is bestowed upon the print, radio, online or television journalist who best exemplifies the sensitivity and humility – that along with his journalistic talent – were traits exhibited by Heaton. He had a long, distinguished career as a sports writer at The Plain Dealer. Heaton, who died in 2008, was inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992.

Submit candidates for the Chuck Heaton Award to pressclubcle@gmail.com and mark Chuck Heaton Award in the subject line. Include the name, phone number and email address of the candidate, as well as brief description of why the person deserves the award.
For more information, contact Carol Kovach, Hall of Fame Committee chairperson, at ckovach@dioceseofcleveland.org or carolkovach@hotmail.com.
RACISM IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

Press Club Board Member Marlene Harris-Taylor from ideastream, WCPN/NPR, WVIZ/PBS recently moderated a panel discussion for our community as part of the League of Women Voters "Real Talk" series. This was part 2 of an examination of racism as a public health crisis. The panel included:
 
  • Dr. Charles Modlin, Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist, Founder, Minority Men's Health Center, Cleveland Clinic
  • Dr. Ronald Hickman, Jr., Endowment Chair, Associate Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
  • Yvonka Marie Hall, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition
  • Iris Harvey, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
  • David Maywhoor, Executive Director, Ohio Public Health Association
 
The event recording, slide deck, and resources can be found at :
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
 
Making the news this week was New York Times opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury retiring the term “Op-Ed” due to it feeling dated. There have been many opinions shared on the topic this week, including this piece by Politico’s senior media writer Jack Shafer:  https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/04/26/new-york-times-op-ed-announcement-opinion-newsletters-484751

What do you think? Please share your reaction to this news by emailing pressclubcle@ gmail.com with your thoughts. We will continue this discussion in the May Byliner.
CALL FOR PITCHES
 
The Washington Post Magazine is looking for underreported stories across the country, from communities ravaged by shrinking or disappearing news outlets, to include in an upcoming special issue. 
FIVE JOURNALISM TIDBITS FROM NORTHEAST OHIO

 -Cleveland.com’s Chris Quinn, in a letter from the editor, comments on the evolution of The Plain Dealer’s crime reporting
 
-Cleveland.com’s education reporter, Emily Bamforth, accepts a position with EdScoop News, but says she will remain in Cleveland.  
 
-Former WEWS reporter/anchor Amanda VanAllen resurfaces in Philly
 
-Ideastream files suit against CMHA and the City of Cleveland for public records in the police shooting of 19-year-old Arthur Keith. 
 
-Connor Morris, Northeast Ohio’s Report 4 America fellow, is staying on for another year, continuing his work with the Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative and contributing to the Akron Devil Strip. 


FIVE JOURNALISM TIDBITS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY + WORLD

-A devastating COVID surge takes toll on journalism in India. 
 
-Photographer Quil Lemon’s Oscar portraits for Vanity Fair. 
 
-The Sunday talk shows failed to adequately cover the climate crisis during the pandemic year, says FAIR. 
 
-Ben Smith, in his New York Times media column, on the Substack anxiety sweeping the industry. 
 
-In British media, the narrative around Prince Philip’s death is all about Meghan Markle. 
FEATURED JOB

ProPublica is hiring an investigative reporter for its growing Midwest newsroom. 
COLLEGE SCHOLARDSHIP DEADLINE TOMORROW

Cleveland Association of Broadcasters is accepting applications for their annual Scholarship and the New Fred McLeod Memorial Scholarship. Enrolled full-time college students are encouraged to apply by TOMORROW, April 30. Full details click here!
ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT GOES DOWN
By Bob Rosenbaum

Competing as “The Mostly Californians,” the team of Lynn Johnson, Brian Johnson, Karen Connor and Todd Oswald eked out a one-point win on April 8 at the Press Club of Cleveland’s annual trivia night. The WKYC team took second place, followed by PD2.0 in third.

Last year, the competition was held March 5, and was the club’s last in-person event before the growing pandemic put all such activities on hold. 

This year, trivia night was held online, with seven teams of four or five members. The moderator was Michelle Sustar, marketing and events manager for Crain’s New York Business, and a locally based host for Last Call Trivia. 

It was Sustar’s first time running a trivia game on Zoom, and while it went smoothly, she said the main problem was coming up with questions difficult enough to separate the teams from one another. “Things were neck-and-neck until the very end,” Sustar said. “The usual questions were no match for these folks.”

After the last question, three teams were tied for first place. The tie-breaker question was how many times the word “Excellent” came up in the dialogue of the 1989 movie Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The Mostly Californians came closest to the actual count: 30.
 
WELCOME NEW PRESS CLUB MEMBERS

Jonathan Cohen- Ohio Legislative Service Commission
Karin Connely Rice
Connor Balderson- The Adcom Group
Taylor Haggerty- ideastream
Anna Huntsman- ideastream
Camryn Justice- WEWS
Conor Morris- Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative/Report for America
Anne Nickkoloff- cleveland.com
Kim Schneider- Cleveland Magazine
Jordan Smith- Reseller Ratings
Denny Wendell- Westlake-Bay Village Observer
Tara Wendell- Westlake-Bay Village Observer
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In continuous operation since 1887, The Press Club of Cleveland is a home for working journalists, professional communicators and anyone who supports the media’s role to keep watch over democratic processes. We advocate for the importance of journalism; maintain the rich history of journalism in Northeast Ohio; recognize excellence in the field with the All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards and the Press Club Hall of Fame; and host programs that bring members together for education, networking and comradery. 
 
We offer membership fees, special rates for young practitioners, and members receive discounts on Press Club events and entry fees in our statewide awards program. Learn more about the benefits of membership here. Join now and your membership runs through Dec. 31, 2021.
 
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