October 2020
After much thought and discussion, the Press Club of Cleveland decided to suspend the Journalism Hall of Fame induction and Chuck Heaton Award presentation this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Press Club’s Hall of Fame Committee felt it would be unwise to host a large social gathering like the dinner at this time. However, they are optimistic that the events, which traditionally take place in November, will be able to resume safely in 2021.
The Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame, established in 1981, recognizes the accomplishments of journalists across all platforms who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Inductees’ plaques are displayed at Nighttown in Cleveland Heights, the unofficial home of The Press Club of Cleveland.
The Chuck Heaton Award, created in 2008, is bestowed upon the print, radio, online or television journalist who best exemplifies the sensitivity and humility that, along with his journalistic talents, were traits exhibited by the late Chuck Heaton during his exemplary career as a sports writer with The Plain Dealer. Heaton, a 50-year PD reporter, was inducted into The Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992. He died in 2008.
The committee is accepting nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame and Chuck Heaton Award. Submit nominations to pressclubcle@gmail.com and mark Hall of Fame or Heaton Award in the subject line. Please include the nominee’s name, email address and phone number and a brief description of why he or she should be considered for the honor. In addition, nominators should include their name, email address and phone number. Nominations will be accepted until June 2021.
Questions? Contact Carol Kovach at carolkovach@hotmail.com or call the Press Club office, 440-899-1222.

Here’s an opportunity to see some of the most well-known journalists in Ohio and from across the nation sit down with prominent attorneys to discuss and debate many of today’s hottest issues - covering politics, the Supreme Court, race and gender, public protests and more.
Journalists scheduled to participate include Wes Lowery, Shaker Heights native and 60 Minutes correspondent; Adam Liptak of the New York Times; Greg Korte, national political correspondent for Bloomberg News; Henry Gomez, BuzzFeed political reporter; Laura Bischoff of the Dayton Daily News; ideastream’s Karen Kasler; cleveland.com’s Cory Shaffer – and many more. 
The 11-part series, hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and sponsored by the Cleveland Jewish News and Hennes Communications, will be live via Zoom, with sessions beginning this month and continuing into 2021. 
The cost for non-attorneys is $30 per session. 
For more information and to sign up, go to the CMBA website.

There is a team of Greater Cleveland news outlets passionate about news and information that has formed recently, amplifying the voices of those often unheard, and changing the narrative about our communities. With 22 partner newsrooms, reporters and community organizations embedded in nearly every corner of Northeast Ohio from Akron to Cleveland’s Buckeye-Woodland neighborhoods, NEO SOJO (Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism) is dedicated to targeting one issue in 2020 — how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting communities — and spotlighting solutions. They can be reached at neosojo2020@gmail.com, @neosojo on twitter and @neosojo on facebook

Freelance editor position with NEO SOJO that focuses on stories about solutions to problems in marginalized communities hit hard by COVID-19. 

The collaborative, which has 20 plus news outlets in Greater Cleveland, needs an editor to help with copy. Hours will be variable and pay will begin at $25/hour. Our editor must:
·      Be willing to become familiar with the central tenets of Solutions Journalism.
·      Be able to do the usual, spot typos, misspellings and grammatical errors.
·      Familiar with AP style.
·      Adept at trimming stories for publications with different space availability.
·      Keen eye for pulling out items for info boxes, bullet points or simple graphics (visualization skills a plus.)
If interested, please email a resume and brief cover letter to Sharon Broussard —neosojo2020@gmail.com.

The Press Club of Cleveland is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. Board membership entails monthly meetings, involvement on working committees, and participation in marquee events. 

We welcome nominations from journalists, communications and public relations professionals, and others who are committed to supporting the local press corps through programming and advocacy. Board members serve two-year terms; elections are held at the annual meeting in December – probably online this year for the obvious reason. 

The Press Club Nominating Committee is looking for energetic voices and fresh perspectives, and is eager to broaden the diversity of the board and increase representation of journalists who operate in non-traditional media environments. 

The nomination process involves filling out a form and conversation with one or more members of the nominating committee. If interested, contact Bob Rosenbaum, chair of the nominating committee, at 216-401-9342 / bob.r@themarketfarm.com

Deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 9. 
Five Journalism Tidbits from Northeast Ohio 
-The editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer endorses Joe Biden for President of the United States. 
-Cleveland-based Black Girl Media and its founder, Shana Black, featured in Nieman Reports’ story about efforts to combat misinformation before the 2020 election. 
-The national nonprofit news organization ProPublica is significantly expanding its regional news operations, adding four new reporters to its Chicago-based staff to create a “Midwest regional hub.” 
-Crain’s Cleveland Business reorganizes its executive team, naming Mike Schoenbrun, former Browns’ VP of corporate partnerships, publisher. Elizabeth McIntyre, who has served in the dual role of editor and publisher since 2016, has been named Executive Editor. 
-The Case Western University Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic has received $1.7 million in grants, including funding for its First Amendment Law Clinic to assist local journalists and other citizens with government access issues. 
Five Journalism Tidbits from Around the Country + World 
-Twitter banned, then unbanned, a controversial New York Post story on Hunter Biden, highlighting the fluidity -- and danger -- of social media censorship policies in the weeks before the 2020 election concludes. 
-The NBC streaming service Peacock has debuted two news shows featuring provocative voices and fiery interviewers Mehdi Hasan and Zerlina Maxwell. 
-Erik Wemple in the Washington Post: “The New York Times has its Hands Full with Review of Caliphate.” (Reporting under the microscope in Rukmini Callimachi's landmark 2018 podcast series.) 
-Prominent New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin suspended for Zoom meeting indiscretion. 
-The Department of Homeland Security is proposing massive new restrictions on foreign correspondents working in the U.S., limiting their stays to 240 days, (down from previous period of five years.) 
Everyone is Welcome n 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 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.
DID YOU KNOW? If you're under 30 your annual member is only $30!

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