Happy New Year!
As we start a new calendar year, it seems only appropriate to look back at 2012 and remember the interesting programs and good times we’ve shared as members of the Press Club of Dallas. And, we’ll take a look forward to for upcoming events.
Who will forget the beautiful skyline views from our September 25 networking event atop the NYLO Hotel in South Side? We “took over” the open air bar and enjoyed tours of the building too. PICTURES OF EVENT
Next came the delicious drinks and nibbles at Jorge’s, in the Arts District on October 16 where Executive Director Veletta Lill gave us an update on everything happening in Dallas’ newest “happening” place. PICTURES OF EVENT
Our big event of the year was October 29 with Breaking News and Ceilings where more than 200 people attended to honor the five, female, network TV news directors. Each had a story to tell about their approach to news coverage and favorite news stories. PICTURES OF EVENT
We returned to our “roots” (well, not really our roots but a favorite media hangout) November 3 at the Loon. PICTURES OF EVENT
That event was quickly followed by Carolyn Barta and Dave Montgomery’s post-election analysis at KERA. While we were all tired of “red states and blue states” by that time, their observations were on target. PICTURES OF EVENT
An eager crowd heard from former Dallas Morning News Vice President Rena Pederson about her experiences in Cairo as the embassies were being attacked. The group of women mentors from the Bush Institute carried on with them meeting despite riots outside their hotel. PICTURES OF EVENT
The Melrose Hotel’s bar, The Library, hosted our December 11 networking event where many of our longtime members shared war stories with us. Much thanks to the Melrose and Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau for lovely door prizes. PICTURES OF EVENT
Coming soon is a program on how the news media covered the Sandy Hook shootings with an emphasis on the role of social media in news coverage and responsibilities of a free press.
Our next networking hour is January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Milo Butterfingers on Greenville at SMU Blvd (we used to call it Yale), another popular watering hole. PREVIEW OF EVENT
In late February, there will be a professional development seminar at SMU for “The Ultimate Freelancer”. With all the changes in the way news is gathered and disseminated, journalists need to have multi-media skills as well as understand financial and ethical issues. This should be a “must attend” workshop for everyone in the field.
Much later this year, we will join all of Dallas and the rest of the world in remembering the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That weekend changed the way news was gathered and reported and we’ll hear from those who reported on that fateful day.
WE WANT YOU INVOLVED! I’ve attached a list of committees and hope you’ll contact one of the committee chairsand volunteer to help. We need you!
As the 2011-12 Board of Directors terms come to an end, here are some highlights from the past year:
- Candidates Networking Hour at The Joule Hotel – July 24
Candidates for the 2012-13 Board of Directors were featured at a special Networking Hour in the penthouse at The Joule Hotel.
- Living Legend and Former Club President Eddie Barker Died – July 23
Eddie Barker, news director of KRLD Radio/TV and charter year inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, died at the age of 84. He was inducted into the Living Legends of North Texas Journalism in 2011. He served as president of the Press Club of Dallas in 1966-67
- Press Club Constitution Revised – July 9
The Constitution of the Press Club of Dallas was revised and will be presented to membership for approval at the August Annual Meeting.
- 508 Park – 75th Anniversary – June 19
The Club helped publicize the 75th anniversary of Robert Johnson’s historic recording session at 508 Park. Plans are underway for a Press Club seminar to be held there in the Fall.
- Networking Hour at the Dallas Arboretum – June 13
The June Networking Hour was held at the Dallas Arboretum. Refreshments were served as guests explored on their own The Chihuly Exhibit.
- Living Legend’s of North Texas Journalism Reception on May 22
The Press Club of Dallas held a reception to honor the Living Legends of North Texas Journalism. The event was a tremendous success with a large crowd of past and present media professionals.
- Networking Hour at the Gin Mill – May 15th
The May Networking Hour was held at the Gin Mill on North Henderson Ave., Dallas
- Club Receives Federal Income 501(c)(3) Status – May 3
The Press Club of Dallas was notified that our application for Federal income 501 (c) (3) tax exemption has been approved. What this means is that the Club is now able to raise tax deductible funds for future events and student scholarships.
- Networking Hour at Ruth’s Chris Steak House on April 18
The April Networking Hour was held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House on Dallas Parkway.
- Press Club Speaker Series at North Lake College – April 11
Career journalist and author Hugh Aynesworth, a reporter for The Dallas Morning News when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, spoke to students on April 11 in the Student Life Center. This presentation was made possible thanks to collaboration between the News-Register/Journalism Club and the Press Club of Dallas.
- Building West Dallas: Lessons for a changing city – April 4
Moderator Rudy Bush was joined by Brent Brown – Architect, founder of the building community WORKSHOP and director of the Dallas CityDesign Studio, Patrick Kennedy – Partner and urban designer at the Space Between Design Studio and is a columnist and critic for D Magazine, Jason Roberts – President and founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project and co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, Randall White – Chairman of the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce and president of the community relations firm Elettore, and Frank DeLeon – treasurer of La Bajada NA.
They discussed the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the future of West Dallas.
- March 22nd Networking Hour at the Blue Goose
9 days into his new job, as the managing editor of the DallasNews.com, Robert Wilonsky stopped by The Blue Goose to give the Press Club an update.
- Life After Layoffs Panel Discussions on February 27 at the Irving Convention Center
Panels that were presented:
Turning Passion Into Profit – or at least into Productivity – Moderated by Mark Lowry; panelists included: Lowry, TheatreJones; June Naylor and Cynthia Wahl, Texas Toast Culinary Tours; and Ed Bark, Uncle Barky.
Going Over to the Dark Side – Positioning Yourself for Making the Change to Corporate or Agency PR – Moderated by Gail Cooksey; panelists included: Cooksey, Cooksey Communications; David Russell, Verizon; Ken Capps, formerly DFW Airport; and Liz Zavala, MultiView.
Resume Workshop - Susan Abrahamson, SearchCom.
- Entrepreneurial Journalism Workshop on February 25 at SMU
An new media workshop presented by the Press Club and hosted by the SMU Division of Journalism.
Opening Session: You Don’t Have to Quit Your Day Job (but it’s time to start thinking like an entrepreneur) with Mike Orren – founder of Pegasus News, Carmen Cano – Digital Managing Editor of the Dallas Morning News, and Scott Bell – Assistant Online Sports Editor with the Dallas Morning News.
Session Two: How to Start Something New with Simon Mark – Associate Director of SMU’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, Mark Lowry – founder and editor of Theaterjones.com, and Shawn Williams – founder of Dallas South News.
Session Three: How Social Media Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities for PR Professionals with Callie Works-Leary – founder of CityCraft, Cameron Gawley – CEO of Buzzshift Digital Strategy, and Susan Bray – blogger and social media coordinator for Neiman Marcus.
- Networking Hour at the Marquee Grill on February 21
January 23, 2012 Networking Hour at The Old Monk
The Networking Hour for January was held at The Old Monk on North Henderson in Dallas
- Book and Author – A Special Book Sale and Signing Event – December 14th – Omni Dallas
Held at the Omni Dallas Hotel – local authors signed books and mingled with old and new friends.
- December 13th Networking Hour at The Mansion
The holiday season was celebrated at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.
- Networking Hour at the Legendary Louie’s Tuesday, November 15
- October 11th Networking Hour at The Cedars Social
- Lt. Col. Jim Cline “Boots on the Ground” in Afghanistan – September 28
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Cline discussed his experiences while serving in Afghanistan. The event was held at KERA.
LTC Cline, who returned from deployment in July, talked about the daily life and activities of the troops under his command.
President of the Denton County Transportation Authority, LTC Cline is a design engineer in the 176th Brigade of the Texas Army National Guard. During his 27-year military career, he has earned the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal
- Networking Hour at the Stoneleigh Hotel Bar – September 20
The September Networking Hour was held at the Stoneleigh Hotel. Tours of the Penthouse
- “The Legacies of 9/11… Ten Years Later,” was held Tuesday, September 6,
at KERA Studios. Examining the ongoing impact of the September 11th attacks, the panel discussion featured moderator Jim Falk, World Affairs Council and panelists Seyom Brown, PhD, Director of Studies at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Tower Center for Political Studies, Robin Lovin, PhD, Professor of Ethics at SMU’s Cary Maguire University, J. Matthew Wilson, PhD, Director of Political Science at SMU, and Joe W. Pitts III, professor at Stanford Law School and Oxford University and former chair of Amnesty International USA.
- 2011 Annual Meeting – Friday, August 5th
The Annual Meeting of the Press Club of Dallas was held August 5th at KERA. Leaving board members were honored and the new board of directors were announced. The new board of directors held their first meeting.
The 2011-2012 Press Club Board of Directors:
Paul Wahlstrom – President, Liz Oliphant – President Elect, Niki Nicastro McCuistion - Secretary, David Dunnigan – Past President, Marjie Acheson, Michelle Bleiberg, Rudy Bush, Delisa Day, Maura Gast, Tamara Gough, Phyllis Hammond, Michael Lindenberger, Mark Lowry, Deborah Marine, Jason Philyaw, Robert Smith, Elizabeth Zavala
The 2010-11 Board of Directors, would like to give you an update on what has been going on since we took office in August:
- Candidates for the 2011 -12 Press Club of Dallas Board of Directors addressed a large crowd at the Belmont Bar in the Belmont Hotel on Tuesday, July 12th.
- The Press Club’s June 13th Networking Hour was at the Times Ten Cellars in Lakewood. Times Ten is a full production Texas winery. 200 people honored the Living Legends of North Texas Journalism at a reception at the Trinity Trust on May 25th.
- The May 10th Press Club Networking Hour was held at the Meddlesome Moth in the Design District.
- The Press Club of Dallas hosted a hands-on mobile media workshop on April 16th at SMU. The full-day course provided each participant all the training they needed to shoot, edit and publish to the web a high-quality short video — all using handheld devices.
- Charles Franklin Dameron died on March 13, 2011. In 1946 he began his newspaper career with the Dallas Times Herald, where he served as a reporter, city editor, news editor, and retired as associate managing editor in 1983. He served as president of the Press Club of Dallas and general chairman of the annual Gridiron Show.
- Around 40 people attended the March 8th Networking Hour at the historic Texas Theater in Oak Cliff. Hugh Aynesworth, who was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News in 1963, was a few feet away from Oswald when he was arrested in the theater. He recalled the events of the day.
- A large gathering, including Press Club members, attended the February 17th World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth program on “The Wikileaks Fallout: A Panel Discussion” at the Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel.
- Members of the Gridiron Players visited Mama’s Party, a popular talent showcase, on Monday, January 24th, to scout for a possible appearance. Amy Stevenson hosts this event at the Contemporary Theater of Dallas every Monday night.
- A small but appreciative group of current and former Press Club members attended an exclusive viewing of the Tom Landry Collection at Fair Park on January 18th. The event organized by Liz Oliphant and the Dallas Historical Society allowed visitors a chance to see up close memorabilia from Landry’s past.
- On January 15, 2011 the Press Club Board of Directors, recognizing the changing media environment, established new membership rates. The new rates are: Professional (public relations, advertising, marketing) is now $75.00 a year, Social (non media/news or public relations, advertising, marketing professionals) is $200.00 a year. Rates that remained the same were: Students (currently enrolled fulltime) at $10.00 a year, Media/News at $50.00 a year, Retired (from all membership levels) at $50.00 a year, Corporate (up to 10 members) at $1,000.00 a year.
- L. Ray Ward: an active member and past president of The Press Club of Dallas , passed away on December 27th. He will be long remembered for the contributions he made to the profession.
- In December nominations started being accepted for the Living Legends of North Texas Journalism honor. The nominations are the first step in planning a very special event — the Press Club of Dallas Past Presidents Salute the Living Legends of North Texas Journalism in 2011.
- The last Networking Hour for 2010 was held at the Three Sheets on December 13th.
- The board established new membership rates on November 20th. An “unemployed” rate for out of work members who are renewing or re-joining the club was created. The new rate is $50 a year and is in effect until December 1, 2011. Also a new corporate/agency rate for 5 members was established at $500 a year.
- The Capitol Pub was the meeting place for the November 9th Networking Hour.
- New membership cards began distribution in November. Half of the club’s membership have received their picture I.D.’s. If you would like a membership card or if you want to update the picture on your current card send your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. A new card will be mailed to you.
- On October 18th a reunion of the Gridiron Players was held at the Corner Bar & Grill. The last Gridiron Show was held in 2000 after 50 years of performances. Volunteers have begun working on songs and sketches for a series of small shows to be held throughout the year.
- The World Affairs Council DFW invited Press Club members to a reception for an Iraqi delegation on September 15th. Members discussed the role of the press in the United States with the Mayor of Karbala, the Chairman of the Baghdad Provincial Government, and the Chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council.
- On September 11th the New Media Committee held a very successful Social Media Workshop at the SMU Journalism Complex. Over 70 journalists, PR/marketing professionals, and students listened to professionals share tips and strategies for using social media on the job. The event was the top trending topic on twitter that day for all of DFW and drew contributions and raves from online observers as far away as Washington D.C.
2010-11 Press Club of Dallas Board of Directors
David Dunnigan (President) – Marjie Acheson, Hugh Aynesworth, Michelle Bleiberg, Durhl Caussey, Diana Claussen, Delisa Day, Maura Gast, Tamara Gough, Michael Lindenberger,Tony Pederson, Jason Philyaw, Niki McCuistion, Mark Lowry, Liz Oliphant, Robert Smith, Paul Wahlstrom, Ray Ward.