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Larry Howell, former associate editorial editor of The News, dies at 80

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Press Club of Dallas Announces Expansion of Hugh Aynesworth Awards

[fusion_text]DALLAS, TX – June 13, 2018 – The Press Club of Dallas Board of Directors announced plans to expand the Second Annual Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Excellence in Journalism at its monthly board meeting in May.

The Aynesworth awards are named for veteran reporter and long-time Press Club member Hugh Aynesworth, a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Following the success of the inaugural Aynesworth Awards, dubbed the “Hughees” last fall, Press Club President Cary Broussard said this year’s awards will be expanded to feature even more categories. New categories include public service, editorial opinion, criticism, and lifestyles reporting.

The awards will reward work completed by journalists in 2017. Submissions for the Aynesworth Awards will be accepted beginning June 13 and will be judged by a distinguished panel of journalists who live and work outside of Texas. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2018. The finalists and category winners will be honored at a gala awards event in late fall.

Broussard also announced the formation of an Advisory Council to assist with the awards.

Members of the Honorary Hugh Aynesworth Awards Advisory Council are:

  • Pierce Allman, director of marketing at Allie Beth Allman & Associates and former program director of WFAA Radio;
  • Helen Anders, author of Fixin’ to be Texan and travel writer for the Austin American-Statesman;
  • Mollie Finch Belt, newspaper CEO and publisher of The Dallas Examiner;
  • Mike Cochran, reporter for the Associated Press and Fort Worth-Star Telegram and Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame inductee;
  • Byron Harris, veteran WFAA-TV reporter;
  • Rena Pederson, faculty member at Southern Methodist University and former vice president and editorial page editor at The Dallas Morning News;
  • Bob Ray Sanders, award-winning mass media journalist, former associate editor and senior columnist of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and past president of the Press Club of Fort Worth;
  • Bob Schieffer, long-time CBS broadcast journalist and Chief Washington Correspondent;
  • Paul Wahlstrom, past president of the Press Club of Dallas and former executive producer at the Irving Community Television Network; and
  • Bobbie Wygant, entertainment reporter and critic at NBC Channel 5 for nearly seven decades, still working part time.

“The Press Club of Dallas is beyond delighted to have this group of talented journalists, community leaders, and communication specialists join our Hugh Aynesworth Honorary Journalism Council. Each person is living proof of a true ambassador for which excellence in journalism stands,” said President Broussard. “The Press Club of Dallas is honored to have each of these outstanding individuals add their name and support to the Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards.”

Paul Wahlstrom, an active member of the Press Club of Dallas, will serve as Chairman of the Aynesworth Awards.

Wahlstrom said,  “It is an honor to help recognize, at this critical time, the best in Texas journalism with this event named for the true legend Hugh Aynesworth.”

“The Press Club of Dallas is beyond delighted to have this group of talented journalists, community leaders, and communication specialists join our Hugh Aynesworth Honorary Journalism Council. Each person is living proof of a true ambassador for which excellence in journalism stands,” said President Broussard. “The Press Club of Dallas is honored to have each of these outstanding individuals add their name and support to the Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards.

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Background on Hugh Aynesworth Awards and Press Club of Dallas

Presented to Texas journalists and their organizations for outstanding investigative and enterprise reporting during the 2017 calendar year, the second Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards is open to all Texas journalists and their news outlets in the following categories: Daily and weekly newspapers, television stations, radio stations, magazines, and digital sites.

The Press Club values the development and protection of journalism. Originally formed in 1948, the Press Club of Dallas is a dynamic organization of journalists and professional communicators in North Texas, committed to promoting the discipline of journalism, communication, literacy, current affairs, and First Amendment freedoms. Journalists, communications professionals, and students are eligible to join the organization.

For more information please visit www.pressclubdallas.com or call 214-269-4244.[/fusion_text]

March 2018 Board Meeting Agenda / Minutes

[fusion_text]March 27, 2018

Location – Dallas Morning News, 1954 Commerce, St.

Attending: Cary Broussard, Cory Smith, Tristan Hallman, Hugh Aynesworth, Martha Tiller, Barry Hoffman, Ayona Anderson, Jo Ann Holt, Scott Goldstein, Frank Librio

By Phone: Angela Madison

The meeting convened at 4:15 pm

Old Business  Approval of the minutes for Feb. 2018 meeting: Cory Smith moved for approval, seconded by Jo Ann Holt, passed unanimously. Jan. 2018 minutes to be corrected.

Approval of February 2018 financial report to be held for reconciliation. Tristan to obtain a definition for the term “retained earnings” from our accountant.

President’s Report

Cary Broussard proposed that the Press Club of  Dallas begin an effort to establish a Legacy Giving Fund through the Communities Giving Foundation that eventually would result in a a sustained journalism scholarship programs controlled and distributed by the Press Club.

Following a discussion, Frank Librio moved that the board explore the requirements and particulars for establishing a legacy fund. Angela Madison seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

In conjunction with this, Cary said the board should promote Press Club scholarships at the today’s general membership meeting. Jo Ann Holt said she would send out a press release announcing the scholarships, when appropriate.

Discussion of Aynesworth Awards

Cary Broussard asked for a prioritized task timeline for getting the Aynesworth Awards contest underway. In concert with this, Barry Hoffman provided an updated list of entry categories and their descriptions, to be posted on the Press Club Web site and published elsewhere as soon as entry deadlines are established.

After discussion, the board determined the following tasks (subject to amending) to be essential in creating a smooth procedure for the awards process:

1) Establish dates for the contest entries, both the beginning and final deadline.

2) Find a suitable location for the awards event and firm up the date.

3) Determine a chairperson(s) for the awards, which will include oversight on all aspects of the process. After discussing a number of people, Barry Hoffman and Hugh Aynesworth said they would talk to Past President Paul Wahlstrom to see if he would be interested.

4) Check with Eva Parks to see whether she would be interested – on a part-time basis or for a set fee – initiating and following through on the operational end of the awards process. Cory Smith said he would contact Eva to check on her continued interest and/or availability. Scott Goldstein said he would make sure the Google Sheets program was available to store entries, as it had done effectively in 2017.

5) Implement programs that would use connections of the Honorary Council members to publicize the awards and make their availability known to members of the news media.

6) Utilize social media as a direct outreach to news people in encouraging them to enter the contest.

7) Once the dates for the contest have been set, notify the judges and make sure they’re on board to evaluate the entries and make their decisions within a three week period.

8) Work to obtain sponsors on a pre-planned basis, eliminating any last-minute needs for additional funding.

9) Begin work on the program itself, including making sure the awards will arrive on time, and obtaining the services of the MC and presenters.

Discussion of Legends Awards

Scott Goldstein and Tristam Hallman were designated as co-chairs with a mandate to select a date and begin winnowing down the nominees. No site was chosen, but discussion centered around returning to the Sixth Floor for a third year.

Board Candidates

Two candidates of the Press Club Board of Directors were introduced: Liz Farmer (suggested by Tristan) , a former Morning News reporter who now works as a an executive writer for IT Workforce Solutions; and Zane Harrington (suggested by Frank), a communications specialists for Visit Dallas.

Adjournment

Official board business ended at 5:10 pm, so that everyone could participate in a general Press Club meeting  for all members.

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February 2018 Board Meeting Agenda / Minutes

[fusion_text]The meeting was called to order at 4:16 PM on February 27th by President Cary Broussard

Visit Dallas Offices

Attending: Cary Broussard, Cory Smith, Tristan Hallman, Barry Hoffman, Hugh Aynesworth, Martha Tiller, Angela Madison

Joined by Phone: Ayona Anderson

Excused Absence: Frank Librio, Jo Ann Holt

Old Business:

            Approval of Minutes: January, 2018

  • Cory Smith motioned to approve minutes. Seconded by Martha Tiller. Motion Approved.

      Financials: January 2018

  • Tristan Hallman, postponed the Treasurer’s report until next meeting since January financials were not ready for approval from the accounting firm. The BOD decided we would review Jan. & Feb financials at the March BOD meeting.

President’s Report

Cary agreed to:

  • Provide BOD members with an overview of the Give and Get Policy for BOD members as discussed in the strategic planning meeting
  • Post job description for the Press Club Hughee Awards administrator’s position, once operating plan and budget are agreed upon by the BOD
  • Review PCD By-laws (which is posted on website) to confirm ratio of media to communications professionals needed on the BOD and number of BOD members.
  • All BOD members have sent BOD nominees to Cary Broussard and Angela Madison for review. The nominees were discussed and outreach will begin to select individuals after the meeting, pending the above review of by-laws.

Chair Reports:

Marketing & Events: Angela Madison and Ayona Anderson reviewed plan for Press Club to spotlight journalists and students beginning in March on Facebook

Membership: In JoAnn’s absence, Cary Broussard reported on the membership progress and plans, including that we would hold a Q1 all-member meeting in March. The Dallas Morning News has agreed to host the meeting. JoAnn and Martha Tiller are monitoring New Member and Member Renewals with our administrator Michelle McClure’s assistance through Memberize.

Events: BOD discussed that the Dallas Bar Association would like to partner with the Press Club on a happy hour event, which we agreed to do and plan for April. Martha Tiller recommended numerous locations, including the Ivy and 6500. Cary recommended the Biergarten near the Omni.

Hugh Aynesworth Awards: Hugh, Barry, Cory and Cary reported to the BOD that they met and agreed to nominate a Hugh Aynesworth Awards Honorary Council. Frank Librio and Cary have drafted an invitation to be sent after the meeting.

New Business

      Barry Hoffman agreed to replace Kevin Farrell as Secretary of the Board

Meeting adjourned at 5:52 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Cary Broussard, President[/fusion_text]

Phyllis Vaughan, Press Club Member For Over 30 Years, Passed Peacefully At The Age of 91

[fusion_text]Phyllis VaughanPhyllis Gene Radovich Dishman Vaughan passed peacefully on March 17, 2018 at the age of 91. Born in Hereford, Texas on August 5, 1926, she grew up during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. She attended Texas State College for Women (now TWU) and received her degree in journalism in 1947. While there, she joined Theta Sigma Phi (Women in Communications) and was an active member for 55 years. To put herself through college, Phyllis worked at the Italian P.O.W. camp in the Panhandle during WWII.

She was a true Texas pioneer woman. Officially, because she attended TWU, and professionally, as she was the first woman in Texas to host a regularly broadcast radio show. She was also a writer for the Austin-American Statesman, The Dallas Times Herald, The Dallas Morning News, and Women’s Wear Daily. She was an active member of the Press Club Dallas and contributed to their annual Gridiron Show.

Her father was an emigrant from what is now Montenegro who owned a café in Hereford, and her mother was a school teacher. Although she was an only child, she and her cousin, Patty Ball, were best friends throughout their entire lives.

She married Paul Lake Dishman, Jr. on Christmas Eve, 1950 in Hereford. They subsequently moved to Austin and then settled in Dallas. She loved being a Dallasite and everything about Big D, except the traffic. Together, Paul and Phyllis raised two children. She was a member of Walnut Hill United Methodist Church for 54 years and loved the Harmony Sunday School class.

Paul passed away in 1982. In 1996, she married Sam Vaughan, who she met at church. They were married until his death in 2012.

The last line in her autobiography was a message to her grandchildren, “What are you going to pioneer?”

She was known as “Eldie” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter, Jessica Johnston (Mark); and a son Paul (Chip) Dishman (Beth Lynn); four grandchildren Lake Dishman (Elysa), Deya Justice (David), Tony Johnston (Meaghan), and Melissa Johnston; and four great-grandchildren, Jonah Dishman, Will Justice, Emelyn Dishman, and Trip Johnston.

Funeral Services will be held at Walnut Hill United Methodist Church, in Dallas 10066 Marsh Lane, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Phyllis’s name to Walnut Hill United Methodist Church.

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January 2018 Board Meeting Agenda / Minutes

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The meeting was called to order at 1:21 PM on January 27th by President Cary Broussard 6060 N. Central Expressway, Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75206

Attending: Cary Broussard, Cory Smith, Tristan Hallman, Barry Hoffman, Hugh Aynesworth, Frank Librio, Scott Goldstein, Martha Tiller, Angela Madison, Ayona Anderson, Jo Ann Holt, Kevin Farrell

Old Business:

  1. Approval of Minutes: November, 2017
    1. Jo Ann Holt motioned to approve August minutes. Seconded by Martha Tiller. Motion Approved.

2.    Financials: November & December 2017

  1. Barry Hoffman motioned to approve November minutes, subject to revisions upon Seconded by Jo Ann Holt. Motion Approved.
  2. Frank Librio thanked Treasurer Tristan Hallman and President Cary Broussard for their work streamlining and preparing PCD’s financial records.
  3. Congratulations for running a profitable Hugh Aynesworth Awards.

3.    President’s Report

  1. Membership
    1. Nominations for new Board Members
      1. Recommendations (a short bio, links to body of work, LinkedIn, personal recommendation) to be made to Angela Madison by February 12 (extended to Feb. 26).
    2. Discussion of a motion to extend officer term lengths to two years. Research to be done into PCD bylaws about enacting such a change.
    3. Secretary Kevin Farrell reluctantly informed the board that he is resigning from his role, to accept a new job in He would like to note that it has been a true honor and pleasure to serve alongside his fellow members.
      1. President Cary Broussard suggests that Kevin be granted Member-at-large status, so he may continue to serve in some

4.    Chair Reports

  1. President Cary Broussard requests a rethinking of our specific chairs and chairpersons.
  2. Chairpersons currently must be a member of the Cary exploring if chairs or co-chairs are Press Club members, but not a board member yet, can they chair a committee.
  3. Angela Madison and Ayona Anderson to co-chair the Marketing Committee
  4. Hugh Aynesworth & Barry Hoffman to form Hugh Aynesworth Awards Committee
  5. Scott Goldstein and Tristan Hallman to co-chair the Legends Awards Committee

5.    Marketing & Events: Hugh Aynesworth Awards

  1. Hugh Aynesworth Awards
    1. The board decided to keep the Hugh Aynesworth Awards and Legends Awards separate events.
    2. The “Hughee” awards to ideally be held in September or October this year
    3. President Cary Broussard suggested outsourcing operations to an event production company. Martha Tiller agreed PCD should get an event production company. Martha Tiller agreed PCD should get a quote.
    4. Frank Librio stressed the importance of Barry Hoffman sharing his planning knowledge with a co-chair during this year’s award ceremonies, so that the information and know-how remain within future lineups of PCD.
    5. Barry Hoffman to chair a special events meeting to begin planning for 2018’s ceremonies, and ideally select co-chairpersons for each event.
  1. Legends Awards
    1. Scott Goldstein suggests setting specific categories for this year’s honorees
    2. Ayona Anderson suggests making outreach to universities about hosting the events. Also check with Sixth Floor Museum on location.
    3. The awards to remain in May
    4. Angela Madison stressed the necessity of outreach to build upon PCD’s reputation and establish new relationships
    5. Website, social media & awards

6.    Programming

Meeting adjourned at 2:19 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Kevin Farrell, Board Secretary[/fusion_text]

Carolyn Dunnigan, Dallas Morning News Journalist, Has Passed Away At The Age Of 75

[fusion_text]Carolyn DunniganCarolyn Dunnigan, who became a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News in 1965 and received one of the first early Headliner awards from the Press Club of Dallas, passed away Monday at the age of 75.[/fusion_text][button link=”http://www.jeterandson.com/obituary/carolyn-dunnigan” color=”default” size=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_blank” title=”” gradient_colors=”|” gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]READ OBITUARY[/button]

November 2017 Board Meeting Agenda / Minutes

November 28, 2017 | 4 – 6 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 4:07 PM on November 28th by President Cary Broussard

Visit Dallas (325 N. Saint Paul St, Suite 700)

Attending: Cary Broussard, Jo Ann Holt, Barry Hoffman, Hugh Aynesworth, Ayona Anderson, Frank Librio, Cory Smith, Martha Tiller, Scott Goldstein, Angela Madison, Tristan Hallman, Kevin Farrell

Guests of the Board of Directors in Attendance: Paula Aynesworth

Old Business:

Approval of Minutes: October, 2017
Jo Ann Holt motioned to approve August minutes. Seconded by Cory Smith. Motion Approved.

  1. Financials: October 2017
    1. Barry Hoffman motioned to approve August minutes, subject to revisions upon review. Seconded by Cory Smith. Motion Approved.
    2. President Cary Broussard reports an early effort to organize a Legacy Giving program, so help sustain PCD’s efforts.
  1. President’s Report
    1. New Date for Strategic Planning Session: January 27
      1. President Cary Broussard requested $750 to pay the Strategic Planning Session Administrator half of her fee upfront to secure her assistance.
    2. Lauren Reed has submitted her resignation from the Board of Directors.
    3. Scott Keenan has submitted his intention to resign from the Board of Directors, citing his inability to attend meetings. He expressed his interest in remaining active within the Press Club, and may serve on the Advisory Board to the President.
    4. Nominations for new Board Members
  1. Chair Reports
    1. Membership:
      1. Member Holiday Party Options
        1. Tentatively aiming for Dec 13th or 14th. Venue to be announced Friday, Dec 1.
      2. Savor’s Shaken & Stirred Dec. 2nd Event at the Statler Hotel: Press Club Benefit: Table at Shaken & Stirred for Membership Recruitment
        1. Secretary Kevin Farrell to attend & man table as a PCD representative
  1. Marketing & Events: Hugh Aynesworth Awards
    1. Report on Walkthrough
      1. PCD BOD members met with Cafe Momentum at The Sixth Floor Museum today to preview the space, and run through logistics.
      2. Videographer and Photographer are both confirmed
      3. President Cary Broussard to request pricing for an additional 30 minutes of event time from The Sixth Floor Museum.
    2. Barry Hoffman presented Hughee physical awards & plaques. He reports:
      1. 39 entries, 17 finalists.
      2. All categories were represented, including digital news site, a sign of what the future may hold
      3. With the exception of El Paso, all cities with more than 500,000 population were represented.
      4. Daily newspaper with most entries — Austin American-Statesman — 3
      5. Radio stations with most entries — Texas Public radio — DFW, San Antonio and Houston — 7
      6. Most southern location in Texas represented — Mission Texas, the Progress Times weekly newspaper
      7. Most northern location in Texas represented — Howe, Texas, the Howe Enterprise weekly newspaper.
    3. Event P&L
      1. Total revenue from sponsors & ads: $16,000
      2. Total estimated net profit: $10,000
      3. Finalists to receive one comped parking space per submission
      4. Tickets will sell out
    4. Board Responsibilities
      1. Board members should report to the space by 5pm
  1. Other

Meeting adjourned at 5:16 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Kevin Farrell, Board Secretary

Press Club January 2018 Newsletter

Happy January! We are reaching out to let you know about scholarships that are available for current college students who are pursuing a degree in the communications field.

The Press Club Foundation Scholarship Fund awards one or more one-year scholarships up to a total of $5,000 to current college students who have graduated from a high school in the DFW Metroplex, completed at least 45 hours of collegiate coursework, and are currently pursuing a college degree in the communications field, to include print and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2018

TO APPLY: Go to https://cftexas.academicworks.com/ and click on “Sign up” at the top right of the page to create your login and password. Complete the General Application, then select “Press Club of Dallas Foundation Scholarship” and answer the additional questions. For more information, please contact Katie Kuehl at kkuehl@cftexas.org.

Additionally, here are a couple of events that we think you might be interested in attending:

  • EXXONMOBIL LECTURE SERIES AT SMU PRESENTS “NAVIGATING THE BELIEF ECONOMY” FEATURING DAVID BALDWIN, FEBRUARY 6

Award-winning advertising executive, filmmaker and author to discuss how brands must address customers’ beliefs and ethical concerns. David Baldwin, award-winning founder of advertising agency “Baldwin&,” filmmaker and author of the acclaimed new book The Belief Economy: How to Give a Damn, Stop Selling, and Create Buy In, will be the guest speaker for the 2018 ExxonMobil Lecture on advertising, media and communication ethics, sponsored by the Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Baldwin will present “Navigating the Belief Economy” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 6at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane in Mockingbird Station, Dallas (75206), followed by a Q&A. A reception and networking event will be held beforehand in the Angelika lobby from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are requested via Eventbrite. For more information, please call the Temerlin Advertising Institute at 214-768-1878.

Best,
Cary Broussard
President, Press Club of Dallas, serving North Texas

Bring more Trust, Truth and Transparency into your life. The Press Club of Dallas is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. For more information go to www.pressclubdallas.com, email us at info@pressclub.com, or call 214-269-4244 with any questions you may have.

Journalism Mentorship Collaborative: Apply by Feb. 2

Supporting inclusive mentorship programs

The Journalism Mentorship Collaborative is a network of newsrooms committed to diversifying their organizations through mentorship opportunities. The Collaborative includes a chance for 15-25 news professionals to receive funding for their mentorship program, in-person training and access to an expert coach.

Apply for funding by Feb. 2.

The American Legion announces its Call For Entries in their Fourth Estate Awards journalism contest

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 8, 2018) – The American has announced a call for entries in its annual Fourth Estate Award, presented for excellent journalism works that have had a positive impact on society.  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018  and winners are expected to attend the  award presentation at The American Legion’s 100th National Convention in Minneapolis on Aug. 31.
The American Legion awards multiple prizes to recognize the outstanding achievements in print, broadcast and Online (Internet-based) media. The winner in each category will receive a $2,000 stipend to cover expenses and travel to accept the award.
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An entry form with rules and information have been posted on The American Legion website at http://www.legion.org/presscenter/fourthestate.  You may  send questions to dmurrell@legion.org.
Submissions are judged on the quality of reporting and documented justification by the reporter or media outlet that the piece or series has had a positive impact on society.
There is no entry fee and no single medium is limited as to the number of entries.
Some past winners have included CNN, USA Today, CBS News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Arizona Republic, WXIA-TV, KTVU-TV and The Washington Examiner-Online.

October 2017 Board Meeting Agenda / Minutes

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

October 24, 2017 | 4 – 6 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 4:09 PM on October 24th by President Cary Broussard

VisitDallas, 325 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 700

Attending: Cary Broussard, Barry Hoffman, Hugh Aynesworth, Ayona Anderson, Frank Librio,, Tristan Hallman, Scott Goldstein, Cory Smith, Martha Tiller, Jo Ann Holt, Kevin Farrell

Teleconferencing in: Lauren Reed, Angela Madison

Excused Absence: Scott Keenan

Old Business

  1. Approval of Minutes: September 26, 2017
    Barry Hoffman motioned to approve August minutes. Seconded by Frank Librio.
    Motion Approved
  2. Financials: September 2017

Operating Account: $1,179.32
Event Account: $7,588.94
Savings Account: $12,052.60
Scholarship Account: $2,191.03
Cory Smith motioned to approve September financials. Seconded by Ayona Anderson. Motion Approved.

New Business

President’s Report: Cary Broussard

  1. Press Club of Dallas Foundation Scholarship Fund Update with Tristan Hall, Treasurer
  2. Press Club Foundation/Scholarship Advisory Board Report
  • Cary Broussard and Tristan Hallman reported that they met with CFT CEO Dave Scullin on October 24, and that they are hopeful that the PCD will have future representation on the CFT scholarship foundation board. Frank Librio suggested that PCD should aim to have two additional spots on Scholarship Advisory Board for current PCD President and Treasurer. PCD would be incentivized to help raise further donations if we had more say in how funds are being spent.

3.  Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards Update with Barry Hoffman, Event co-chair

  • Name has been changed to Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism Awards

Sponsorships

  • Frank Librio reports Visit Dallas will donate $2500, and PCD will be the recipient of a fundraising event at Savor Dallas for another estimated $1500.
  • Frank Librio reminded the board that solicitations for donations must be accompanied by a PCD form letter/package outlining the benefits.
  • VIP Reception for finalists prior to the ceremony.

Presenters

  • We have a vetted list of 15 presenters now. Only 10 are needed.
  • Barry Hoffman will make sure there are no conflicts of interest between presenters and the nominees of their categories.
  • President Cary Broussard, Ayona Anderson and Kevin Farrell to develop Powerpoint presentation for the ceremony.

Revenues & Expenses

  • President Cary Broussard to purchase insurance for the event.
  • 17 finalists, but 50 submissions.

Marketing & PR

  • Marketing Point Ayona Anderson reports:
    • Promotional social media calendar has been built out in advance, and is ready to be posted daily.
    • “Slow burn” Twitter tagging campaign asking why individuals are excited about the Aynesworth Awards to be launched shortly.
    • Potential to incorporate the 1-year anniversary of the Trump presidency into awards outreach.

Chair Reports

  • Membership – Jo Ann Holt-Caussey
    • Membership is down. PCD must improve our efforts to remind members to renew.
    • Renewal email reminders are now being properly routed to President Cary Broussard and Jo Ann Holt.
  • Marketing – Ayona Anderson
    • President Cary Broussard asks, “What is the messaging we would like to be sharing beyond the Aynesworth Awards?” PCD must zero in on our online branding and messaging beyond our awards.
  • Other

MEETING ADJOURNED at 5:38 pm.

Respectfully submitted,  Kevin Farrell, Board Secretary