July 2020
Behind the Headlines with Cleveland Browns' Senior Vice President of Communications, Peter John-Baptiste

July 21 at 7 p.m. via Zoom

The conversation will be moderated by Curtis Danburg, VP Communications and Community Impact, The Cleveland Indians

Register now to join our discussion with Peter John-Baptiste, who is in his seventh season with the Cleveland Browns. John-Baptiste will take us inside the organization as he talks about pro football during a pandemic, how the game will be different for players and fans, social justice, the team’s role in this community and how in the midst of everything, they are also focused on building a winning strategy.
Prior to his seven years with the Browns, John-Baptiste spent 17 years with the New York Giants, where he served as the vice president of communications from 2011-14. John-Baptiste, who was selected to attend Stanford University’s Executive Education Program for NFL Managers in 2007, received his Bachelor of Science degree in sports management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, John-Baptiste and his wife, Mashawn, have two sons, Miles and Mason.
All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards Goes Virtual 

Sit down with your favorite beverage, colleagues, friends and family to join us for our Zoom presentation of The Press Club of Cleveland's 2020 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, moderated by Russ Mitchell, 3News' Anchor and Executive Editor of WKYC-TV, and Sam Allard, Senior Writer of Cleveland Scene Magazine. We will gather virtually at 7 p.m. on August 7 to recognize this year's winners. 
Registration is a must...
Journalism Tidbits from Northeast Ohio
-Black Information Network (BIN), with news and talk programming aimed at African American audiences, comes to 99.1 FM, replacing alternative music station: https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2020/06/30/why-is-alt-991-fm-broadcasting-speeches-by-malcolm-x-and-other-black-leaders 
-Cleveland Scene Magazine returns to print after nearly four-month hiatus: 
-Cleveland.com moves toward paywall with “Exclusive” labeling on select stories. 
-Veteran Browns writer Tom Reed (formerly of the Akron Beacon-Journal, The Plain Dealer, and the Athletic) hired as enterprise writer for DK Pittsburgh https://www.dkpittsburghsports.com/2020/06/29/welcome-tom-reed-dk-hired/
-Cleveland anchors featured in story about Black TV reporters wearing their natural hair: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/black-tv-reporters-embracing-natural-hair-on-air-213508009.html
Journalism Tidbits from Around the Country + World 
-Freelance photographer hit with projectile while covering protests for Breonna Taylor in Louisville: https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photographer-hit-projectile-tear-gas-while-covering-protests-louisville/
-It’s been 1,000 days since the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia: https://ipi.media/renewed-call-for-justice-1000-days-after-assassination-of-daphne-caruana-galizia/
-In McClatchy bankruptcy sweepstakes, Chatham Asset Management looks to have pole position for takeover of United States’ second-largest newspaper chain: https://www.niemanlab.org/2020/07/newsonomics-the-mcclatchy-auction-ends-not-with-a-bang-but-only-more-whimpers/
-Rappler Editor Marisa Ressa convicted of “cyberlibel” in the Philippines, now faces up to six years in prison in a case that could set an “extraordinarily damaging precedent” for press freedoms. 
Calling all journalists: Would you like be featured in our occasional series, “Shining a Light on Great Journalism”?

As an organization that stands for excellence in journalism, The Press Club of Cleveland promotes the craft of journalism. Have you produced a piece of journalism recently that you are particularly proud of, or that you found especially impactful or meaningful? If so, we’d like to talk with you about how you did the story for a feature in our occasional Byliner series, “Shining a Light on Great Journalism.” Please send us a note at pressclubcle@gmail.com and we’ll get in touch with you.
Seeking volunteers for Social Media Committee

The Press Club of Cleveland is seeking volunteers to help with a new program to broaden its use of social media.

The club uses Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to promote club events and communicate with members. Now, we’ll also use these platforms to share information about the changing state of journalism, to advocate for the importance of journalism in daily life, and to share news and noteworthy work from our members.

The new content will come from a variety of sources, including media, club members and relevant third parties.

Volunteers will serve one- to two-week shifts, during which they will organize and post content, and keep an eye on whatever dialogue may follow. Those who help with this project will be recognized publicly during the course of their work, and will have opportunity to connect with others in the field. The estimated time commitment is 1-2 hours per week when active on a shift.

If you’re interested in helping, please contact Bob Rosenbaum at brosenbaum@heightsobserver.org.
Why I came back
By Bob Rosenbaum

I first joined The Press Club of Cleveland in the early 1990s, and eventually served two terms as president.

Then I got lost for a decade in business-to-business publishing, where I got a couple promotions, learned to use spreadsheets and found myself more occupied with sales and circulation than journalism.

The Press Club’s membership of big-newsroom journalists and local PR people stopped feeling relevant and I drifted away.

In early 2009, at the peak of the Great Recession, I lost my job. The media meltdown was already well under way and I knew I wasn’t going back to work at a publishing company.

I’m no entrepreneur, but for the past 11 years I’ve made a living on my own as a content-focused consultant, marketer and sometime journalist. I love being self-employed. I’ve got a small handful of steady clients, I help run the non-profit Heights Observer community media project, and I look for like-minded people to collaborate with for one-time opportunities that come my way.

You can’t make a living like this without doing some networking, and after extracting what value I could from the local chamber of commerce, I rejoined The Press Club in 2017.
I’m glad I did. No organization has ever put me in the midst of more people who got to know the world as I did, scratching out quotes in a 4x8 reporter’s notebook.

Many of our members, of course, are still working in newsrooms or at communications companies. But more and more, our members also live on the outskirts of that community. They’re content-driven, media-loving independents – creating their own place in this industry and, in the process, helping reinvent it. They’re collaborative, energetic and full of plans. When I talk to them, they tell me they’re looking for a place to discuss ideas and create meaningful connections with likeminded people.

At a moment when journalism jobs are disappearing and the club isn’t able to hold in-person events, it’s easy to wonder why The Press Club matters. It matters to me because it’s a community: the place where I know I’ll find people who share my background, understand the importance of journalism in American life, and care about its future.

Bob Rosenbaum runs The MarketFarm. He serves on The Press Club board and was president in 1997-98.
Everyone is Welcome in the Press Club!
For 132 years, The Press Club of Cleveland has provided a place for journalists, public relations, corporate communications, marketing and advertising professionals to gather and exchange ideas. We promote excellence in journalism, educate future journalists and maintain the rich history of journalism in Cleveland. Provocative and informative programming is scheduled throughout the year with discounts offered to Press Club members.
We offer pro-rated 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.

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