Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to speak Jan. 23

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge will speak at the Akron Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 23. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Fudge represents Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, which includes parts of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Summit County and Akron. The Warrensville Heights Democrat first was elected to Congress in November 2008.

She chairs the Congressional Black Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Fudge serves on the Agriculture Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee. She also is on the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee; the Workforce Protection Subcommittee; and the Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee.

Fudge has a JD degree from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, and a BS degree in business from The Ohio State University.

 

 

Details:

Speaker: Marcia Fudge.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station Ballroom C, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Jan. 20.

 

Upcoming events:

Feb. 13 – David James, State of Akron Public Schools.

March 14 – Russ Pry, State of Summit County.

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

 

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State of schools, county dates set

Mark your calendars.
The annual State of the Akron Schools address by Superintendent David James will be Feb. 13, 2014.
The annual State of the County address by Summit County Executive Russ Pry will be March 14, 2014.
More details will be shared as they become available.

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Downtown Akron Partnership president to speak Nov. 14

Downtown Akron Partnership President Suzie Graham will talk about the changing face of downtown Akron and the role of the Partnership at the Akron Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 14. There will be an opportunity for questions following the speech.

The Downtown Akron Partnership was founded in 1995 to promote and build a vibrant and valuable downtown. The non-profit organization supports existing community programs and develops new ways to attract people to Downtown Akron.

Graham is an Akron native with a deep affection for her hometown. She has served in her current position as the president and CEO of Downtown Akron Partnership since April 2011. Previously she worked as a civil servant for 18 years including, her most recent role as coordinator of arts and children’s programs for the Office of the Mayor.

She represents downtown locally as a member of the University of Akron’s Safety Task Force, the City of Akron’s Downtown Operations Group, the Arts and Cultural Assessment for Summit County and the Regional Economic Strategy Quality of Place Team.

Graham serves on the Holocaust Commemoration Committee and the Akron Civic Theatre Board of Trustees. She is the chairperson of the Masque of the Red Death.  She is a 2012 recipient of the GAR Foundation’s Glass Half Full Award.

Details:
Speaker: Suzie Graham.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc
Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Nov. 11.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Proenza, Chema to speak at Oct. 10

The retiring presidents of the University of Akron and Hiram College will talk about the role of public and private institutions of higher education in the 21st Century at the Akron Press Club Thursday, Oct. 10. There will be the opportunity for questions following the moderated discussion between the two presidents.

This event will be the first held at the Press Club’s new home, the University of Akron’s Quaker Station. The Press Club is moving because the UA’s Martin Center is closing.

As president of the University of Akron for the last 14 years, Dr. Luis M. Proenza has brought the university recognition for the commercialization of technology, economic development and corporate and community partnerships. He has overseen the transformation of the campus through more than $600 million in capital projects.

Proenza has served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is a member of The Council on Competitiveness and The Council on Foreign Relations. He was on Gov. Bob Taft’s Third Frontier Advisory Board and is chairman of the Ohio Aerospace Council. He earned his bachelors from Emory University, masters from Ohio State and doctorate from University of Minnesota.

Thomas V. Chema was a partner at Arter & Hadden law firm and member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. He was founder of Gateway Consultants Group Inc., which oversaw the development of the new baseball field and arena in downtown Cleveland.

In 2003, He took over as the 21st president of Hiram College, which has seen an undergraduate enrollment growth of more than 50 percent during his tenure.

He’ is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 1968 and earned his law from Harvard Law School in 1971.

 

 

Details:

Speakers: Luis Proenza and Thomas V. Chema.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Oct.  10. Program follows.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Oct. 7.

 

 

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

 

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Nina Turner talks about voting in Ohio

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Nina Turner told the Akron Press Club Sept. 12 that the GOP is working to restrict voting in Ohio. She called such attempts “immoral.”

The state senator from Cleveland said she would work to expand and promote voting throughout Ohio.

 

For WKSU-FM coverage of the speech, go to http://www.wksu.org/news/story/36814

 

For Beacon Journal coverage of the speech, go to http://www.ohio.com/news/democratic-candidate-for-secretary-of-state-nina-turner-calls-gop-attempts-to-limit-voting-immoral-1.428393

 

The Akron Press Club has invited Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted to speak.

 

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National Ethics Conference Focuses on Entertainment Journalism at Ninth Workshop

Industry experts will discuss topics such as Privacy vs. Adoration; Access to Celebrities; How to Get a Job in Entertainment Media; Stalking and Paparazzi; and Dealing with Publicity and Press Agents

Celebrities are followed by the paparazzi, have minimal privacy and are constantly in the public eye, yet they still want and need fans and attention. That attention, in the form of entertainment media ethics, is the focus of this year’s Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop, “That’s Entertainment?” The ninth annual event will take place at Kent State University’s Franklin Hall on Thursday, Sept. 19.

“We picked entertainment ethics because there’s so much entertainment and celebrity journalism available in all media, whether it’s TV, online, magazines or newspapers, including tabloids,” said Jan Leach, workshop organizer and associate professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “There’s so much spin from publicity departments, movie studios and elsewhere. The news is often part truth and part rumor, but consumers may not know how to distinguish between them. There are so many responsibilities for entertainment journalists.”

Additional workshop speakers, in addition to Kelly McBride and Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute include:

  • Mark Avsec– Keynote speaker. Entertainment lawyer, professor and former performer and song writer of the funk-rock band Wild Cherry.
  • Glenn Gamboa – Newsday’s chief pop music critic. Gamboa headed the paper’s team chronicling the impact of hip-hop in America, a project that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.
  • Nekesa Moody– Entertainment Editor for the Associated Press.
  • Todd Mesek – Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Jack Breslin– Associate Professor at Iona College in New York. Breslin did publicity for “Late Night With David Letterman” and worked on “America’s Most Wanted” for Fox.
  • Bill Frakes – Photographer for Sports Illustrated.
  • Kyle Michael Miller – Social media producer for the 4th hour of NBC’s Today Show and Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumnus.
  • Brittany Moseley– Associate Editor of Alternative Press, which is known for breaking news on musical artists like Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy and others. Moseley is also a Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumna.
  • Matthew Parrish–Attorney with Calfee, Halter and Griswold in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Kent State University political science and Honors College alumnus. Parrish represents musicians, writers, performers and filmmakers and was named “2012 Leading Entertainment Lawyer” in Newsweek magazine.
  • Gene Shelton– School of Journalism and Mass Communication Associate Professor and former writer and publicist for Motown Records. Shelton also worked at CBS Records, Columbia and Epic. At Epic, Shelton was Michael Jackson’s press agent and wrote the biography for the multi-platinum LP Off The Wall.
  • George Thomas – Sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal.
  • Katy Coduto – Kent State journalism student who writes for London-based Hi! Magazine.
  • Wendy Wyatt – Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at St. Thomas University in Minnesota. Wyatt is the author of The Ethics of Reality TV: A Philosophical Examination (Continuum, 2012).

Other speakers and special guests will be announced soon.

Topics will include:

The New Ethics of Journalism

  • Privacy vs. Adoration: Celebrity News as Journalism? Gossip? Both or neither?
  • Great Expectations: Who Gets Access to Celebrities and How?
  • So You Want to Walk the Red Carpet? – Getting a Job in Entertainment Media
  • Act 2: Getting the story and vetting the story: Paparazzi, stalking, ambush interviews, social media.
  • Encore: Agents, publicists, legal reps

 

Detailed information:

What: Ninth annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop, “That’s Entertainment?” focuses on entertainment ethics

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013

Where: FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall, 550 Hilltop Dr., Kent State University

Cost: $25 for media and public relations professionals, $20 for educators and FREE for students

Event website for details and registration:  http://mediaethics.jmc.kent.edu/2013

Twitter: #ksuethics2013

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ksumediaethics

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State Senator and Secretary of State candidate Nina Turner launches 2013-14 Press Club season

State Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, will discuss Ohio politics and her 2014 run for Ohio Secretary of State at the inaugural public event of the Akron Press Club on Sept. 12 at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech. This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Turner, the oldest of seven children, earned her associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cleveland State. She started her political career as an aide to then-state Sen. Rhine McLin and became executive assistant of legislative affairs in the administration of then-Mayor Michael White. Her first elected office was on Cleveland City Council. She later was selected by the Ohio Senate Democratic caucus to fulfill the unexpired term of Sen. Lance Mason. She won her first full term in 2010.
Turner championed voting rights throughout the state in the run up to the 2012 presidential election, and announced this summer she’ll take on Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted in the fall of 2014. She has criticized Husted for appealing court decisions that reinstated early voting the weekend before the election and for not challenging billboards in poor urban neighborhoods that she claimed were an attempt to suppress African-Americans from voting.

Details:
Speaker: Ohio Sen. Nina Turner.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. Program follows.
Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc
Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Sept. 9.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Meet the new Aeros owner at the ballpark, and enjoy a tour and game as well

The Akron Press Club invites you to meet the new owner of the Akron Aeros, Ken Babby, for a lunch at Canal Park complete with ballpark food. Press Club members also will get one free ticket for the game against the Bowie Baysox that night, as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, and fireworks will follow the game.

Additional tickets may be purchased for $7 each.

This special lunch will be held at the home of the 2012 Eastern League champion Akron Aeros, on Friday, May 3, at 11:45 a.m. The program will follow. And Babby will be answering questions after his speech.

All-you-can eat food will include burgers, hot dogs, chips, coleslaw, cookies, water and soda. Veggie burgers or alternatives may be requested in advance.

Lunch seating is limited, so reserve your spot nowy.

Babby became sole owner of the Aeros in October, purchasing the team from longtime owners Mike and Greg Agganis. He comes from sports family. His father, Lon, is president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and a former sports agent.

Ken Babby earned degrees at Johns Hopkins University and Wheaton College. He has a background in journalism, as well as sports; he’s a former chief revenue officer/general manager of digital at the Washington Post, where he spent 12 years.

Babby attended a number of Aeros games in 2012 before buying the Double A Indians affiliate.

“I’m an obsessive fan of experience at these ballparks,” Babby told the Beacon Journal. “There’s something very special about it from the time you leave your car and walk into the ballpark. From when you first smell the ballpark food, to your first interaction with an usher. When you engage with team personnel, maybe in the kids’ fun zone, or watching the game itself or tasting that first hot dog, there’s something very unique about it. Our organization will be absolutely obsessed with fan experience – that’s our mission.”

Please indicate when you make your reservation if you are interested in attending the game.

Details:

Speaker: Ken Babby, owner of the Akron Aeros.

Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Friday, May 3. Program follows.

Place: Canal Park, 300 South Main Street, Akron.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, including the game ticket; $20 for non-members, lunch only; $25 for non-members including the game ticket.

Reservations required by April 26: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

 

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Video of Dave Lieberth’s speech

A video by Akronbuzz.com of Dave Liebreth Akron Press Club speech is available at http://www.akronbuzz.com/2013-01-16-akron-press-club-david-lieberth.php

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State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 14

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

James led a successful campaign to pass a 7.9-mill school levy in November. The levy, which was approved with nearly 60 percent of the vote, will raise $19.2 million annually. The district had projected a $4.7 million deficit at the end of this fiscal year and $27 million by the end of fiscal 2014.

Akron schools made $19 million in cuts in May, which included 84 teacher layoffs, a reduction of hours for school custodians and the elimination of elementary school band and orchestra programs and middle school sports.

James became superintendent of Ohio’s fifth-largest school district in August 2008. During his tenure, James has led the district through a school building program and the opening of a STEM school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math.

James joined the Akron schools in 1992. He is a 1980 graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cleveland State University in 1991 and a master’s degree in public administration from CSU in 1997.

In 2007 he received the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Education. James is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Akron program. He lives in Akron with his wife. His two children attend Akron Public Schools.

 

 

Details:

Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211, email RSVP@cmoresearch.com or go to www.cmoresearch.com/apc

Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Feb. 11.

 

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

 

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