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An inspiring Hall of Fame Michael E. Bennett President, The Press Club
The newspaper industry is reinventing itself, media are transforming at a remarkable rate and journalists and other communications professionals are facing challenges no one signed up for when starting in the field – even if it was as recently as a decade ago. But for one evening, the external slings and arrows of outrageous fortune were held at bay as more than 200 people celebrated all that is right in the profession – its people, their accomplishments and the lessons they teach us for the future. The Press Club of Cleveland inducted five new members into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in a gala ceremony Nov. 14, 2013, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown: Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group; Paul Hoynes, Northeast Ohio Media Group; Dee Perry, WCPN, ideastream; Mary Anne Sharkey, formerly The Plain Dealer; and Violet Spevack, Cleveland Jewish News. They joined their 166 predecessor inductees in serving as an example of the power of journalism done right. We also honored Jim McIntyre, who is now on WHK-AM 1420 after having had a distinguished career at WDOK, as the sixth recipient of the Chuck Heaton Award, given to an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of Hall of Fame reporter Chuck Heaton, a long-time sports writer and columnist at The Plain Dealer. Heaton, who passed away in February 2008, was known for his lifelong dedication to journalism, his fairness, his concern for community and helping others. Heaton’s daughter, Patty, offered videotaped greetings and thanks to the club for creating the award. Excitement and praise for the honor-
New Journalism Hall of Fame inductees, from left: Mary Anne Sharkey, Jeff Darcy, Dee Perry, Violet Spevack, Paul Hoynes. More photos on page 7.
Hall of Fame Class of 2013 inducted
More than 200 people honored the best of the news profession on Nov. 14, 2013, at the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and Chuck Heaton Award gala. Five leaders from print and broadcast media were inducted into the hall during the event at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key
Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland: • Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group • Paul Hoynes, Northeast Ohio Media Group • Dee Perry, WCPN, ideastream • Mary Anne Sharkey, formerly The Plain Dealer continued on page 3 >
The Press Club of Cleveland
Holiday Party & Annual Meeting Come meet and mingle with leaders in Cleveland journalism and communications.
December 11, 2013 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights
Appetizers & soft drinks • Cash Bar RSVP today: www.pressclubcleveland.com or 440-899-1222 Wear your ugly holiday sweater & be entered in our 2013 competition. Prizes will be awarded! Press Club Members $20 • Non-members $35 ( join the Press Club and pay the member cost)
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The best deals are sometimes those NOT made By Laurie Mitchell, Certified Personnel Consultant This summer, I received a call from the CFO of a not-forprofit who had been referred to me by the top professional of another revered local institution at which I had placed a dynamic, branding maven CMO. I agreed to meet with him and his CEO and COO the next business day to discuss their need to hire a chief marketing officer. Walking into their conference room, I felt reasonably confident as I had successfully completed many similar CMO searches. As the four-way conversation progressed, I thought the vibes were good, the back and forth was informative, and I was answering their questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. Then, suddenly – out of the blue, the COO began interrogating me about their organization’s former head of marketing whom he had fired. He asked what I thought of “Bob’s” business acumen and his communications skills. How would I rate his professional demeanor and presence? When was the last time I had seen him in person? Did I like him? Would I recommend him to another client?
Truth be told, I like Bob, think he’s a terrific professional and writer with excellent interpersonal skills and, in fact, I had voluntarily coached and encouraged him after he had been fired until he landed a senior role at a great company where he’s thriving. I responded tactfully to Mr. COO that yes, I knew Bob and thought well of him but obviously the organization now required something else as the job description had been completely rewritten and the role reconfigured. My answer set him off on a verbal rampage. He ranted nauseatingly about how Bob was a wimp, lacked judgment, and so on, focusing particularly on “Bob’s poor presence.” While maintaining eye contact with the COO, I stole glances at the other two who sat placidly with benign expressions, neither once attempting to disrupt this painfully inappropriate character assassination. When I could tolerate not another outrageous word, I interrupted his monologue by saying that “Of course, I would present only candidates who have ‘boardroom presence’ and a full complement of strategic marketing skills.” Nearly a year earlier, what could unfailingly diplomatic Bob possibly have done to deserve this outburst? Certainly nothing
PRESIDENT FROM PAGE 1 ees flowed freely. And the honorees didn’t disappoint in their remarks, touching on challenges they faced, adversity they overcame, trailblazing they accomplished and, of course, humorous anecdotes gathered in a lifetime of service … service, by the way, that they all continue to perform. Hall of Fame and Heaton honorees of the future may have more people read them online than in print, may have more social media followers than TV viewers, or may have more listeners of their pod-
A publication of The Press Club of Cleveland Editor Lee Moran [email protected]
Associate Editor Maryana Bradas
casts than live over-the-air broadcasts. But they will still serve their communities with news, information and opinion that remain no less important to our democracy now than in the days of Gutenberg’s press. As Violet Spevack, who at 97 was the oldest inductee but perhaps was the youngest at heart, told the crowd, “The world is a troubled place and we journalists and our readers need each other more than ever now.” The Press Club of Cleveland created the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1981. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame inductees are displayed at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, which serves as the club’s home.
I had ever heard about. I was mortified at Mr. COO’s lack of professionalism and undignified behavior. Furthermore, why hadn’t the other two universally respected gentlemen put an end to such a scene? Was the COO always so angry and revengeful? Weren’t the CEO and CFO as embarrassed as I? Didn’t they recognize what kind of message their colleague was shouting? As I left the meeting, the CEO shook my hand with both of his -- holding it a tad long, smiled very warmly, and said some professional sweet-nothings. I returned the niceties and momentarily wondered if they were a sign I would be offered the opportunity to conduct the search. My follow-up note was met with silence. I didn’t hear a word until candidates began telling me they had been contacted by another search firm. God bless the recently announced new hire. He will probably need a lot of help from on high. Laurie Mitchell & Company, Inc. Marketing Communications Executive Search [email protected]
Laugh with Feagler and his Press Club friends DVD of tribute makes a great gift
Did you miss The Press Club's all-star roast of Journalism Hall of Famer Dick Feagler? Well, you can now replay and relive the side-splitting hilarity of the Dick Feagler Tribute and Roast on DVD. The 1-hour DVD makes a perfect gift for the holidays – or any occasion (or just buy one for yourself ). It is available to Press Club members for $19.95, and to non-members for $24.95. The all-star roster of roasters includes: • David C. Barnett, WCPN-ideastream (his “Barnack” imitation is a must-see) • Dan Coughlin, FOX 8 Friday Night Touchdown • Jim Donovan, WKYC Sports and Voice of the Cleveland Browns (who impersonates Feagler better than Feagler does) • Bob Dyer, Columnist, The Akron Beacon Journal • Linda Feagler, Ohio Magazine (Dick’s “much younger sister”) • Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer • Michael McIntyre, The Plain Dealer • Richard Osborne, Villa Angela - St. Joseph • Master of Ceremonies: Tom Meyrose, Managing Director at Huntington Playhouse To purchase the Dick Feagler Tribute and Roast on DVD, visit http://pcclevelandfeaglerroast.eventbrite. com or call the Cleveland Press Club at 440-899-1222.
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3 “Serving and honoring communications professionals since 1887.”
From our history Editor’s note: This is one in an ongoing feature about the rich legacy of Cleveland journalism. It is contributed by William C. Barrow, the special collections librarian at Cleveland State University. Visit www. ClevelandMemory.org to read more about Cleveland’s history.
Three-in-one newspaper Fifty-seven years ago, a breakdown in contract negotiations between the Cleveland Newspaper Guild and the three local daily newspapers resulted in an edition that simultaneously bore the names of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland
News and The Cleveland Press. The Guild was striking the Cleveland Press, which requested that its afternoon rival, the News, publish its paper under both mastheads. A few issues went out before Local 473 of the Teamsters refused to deliver it. Since the News was published by the morning Plain Dealer, an edition went out Nov. 2 showing all three nameplates on the front page. This exotic, three-headedHydra of a publication was a unique and notable event in Cleveland publishing history, never to be repeated as the News was sold to the Press in 1960 and the Press folded in 1982.
HALL OF FAME FROM PAGE 1 • Violet Spevack, Cleveland Jewish News Also that evening, Jim McIntyre, who is now on WHK-AM 1420, became the sixth recipient of the Chuck Heaton Award, which is given to an individual who best exemplifies the qualities of Hall of Fame reporter Chuck Heaton, a long-time sports writer and columnist at The Plain Dealer. The Press Club of Cleveland created the Mark Jaycox, Jim McIntyre Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1981. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame inductees are displayed at Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, which serves as the club’s home. See more about the event at www.pressclubcleveland.com, including: • Patty Heaton’s greetings • Short tribute videos about each inductee • A photo gallery • Full videotaped proceedings
President: Michael E. Bennett Bennett Consulting 216/408-3874 [email protected]
Immediate Past President: Ed Byers Medical Mutual of Ohio 216/687-2685 [email protected]
Vice President: Pat Panchak IndustryWeek [email protected]
Secretary & Treasurer: Carol Kovach Sun Newspapers 216/986-6060 [email protected]
Board of Directors Jeff Bendix Medical Economics Magazine Margaret Bernstein The Plain Dealer John Betchkal General Electric Retired Maryana Bradas Freelance Editor M. Jane Christyson [email protected]
Linda Feagler Ohio Magazine Howard Fencl Hennes Paynter Communications Thom Fladung The Plain Dealer Bruce Hennes Hennes Paynter Communications Dustin Klein Smart Business Network Jill Manuel WEWS-TV Amy McGahan Dix & Eaton Russ Mitchell WKYC-TV Lee Moran The News-Herald Kathleen Osborne Hathaway Brown Mary Patton Patton Public Relations Denise Polverine cleveland.com Tom Skoch The Morning Journal Richard Stewart DIGIZOOM MEDIA General Counsel to The Press Club of Cleveland
David Marburger Baker & Hostetler
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Cleveland Journalism The Press Club of Cleveland established the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1981 to recognize individual achievements and contributions to Cleveland media, preserve a sense of local journalism’s past and create a tradition and collective inspiration for those who follow in the future. The club’s Hall of Fame Committee selects nominees, and club members vote each year on the final selection of inductees. Plaques honoring inductees are displayed at Nighttown, located at the top of the Cedar Road hill in the fashionable Cedar-Fairmount district of Cleveland Heights (www.nighttown cleveland.com). Nighttown is the official home of The Press Club because of its long and colorful history
as a favorite haunt of local journalists since opening in 1965. The Press Club collection at Nighttown also includes large-format photographs from The Cleveland Press and The Plain Dealer depicting rarely seen iconic scenes from Cleveland’s history. Also on display is an authorized reproduction of a huge mural that hung at Kornman’s, a restaurant on Short Vincent in downtown Cleveland, depicting the Damon Runyonesque denizens of the block-long street during its colorful heyday of salons and theaters in the 1920s and ’30s. Created by Cleveland Press artist Bill Roberts, the mural came to Nighttown through the efforts of Cleveland photographer Tim Ryan and the Western Reserve Historical Society.
The photo of former Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk’s hair catching on fire is one of many seminal moments captured in The Press Club photo archive.
To see Nighttown owner Brendan Ring discuss the Hall of Fame, visit http://tinyurl.com/CleHOFvideo For more information, visit www.pressclubcleveland.com.
Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame Inductees 2003 2006 2009 2012 Jim Collins 2004 Tom Brazaitis Marjorie (Marge) Alge Walt Bogdanich 2010 2007 2013 Ted Diadiun Tom Virgil Andrzejewski Dominic Casey Coleman Regina Brett Joanna Connors Ed Bang Jeff Darcy Roldo Bartimole Janet McCue Mark DodoshJim Donovan DougCynthia CliftonDettelbach Paul Hoynes Vivian Goodman Vern Henry Gilbert W.JoeHenderson Tait Ron Kuntz Jack Graney Dick Russ Ted Gup Dee Pery Stuart Warner Ted Henry Leonard Will Alex Machaskee Betsy Sullivan Eileen Korey Lute Harmon Mary Anne Sharkey Fred McGunagle Paul Sciria Richard Osborne Ralph and Terry Kovel Violet Spevack 2011 John A.2002 Penton Martin SavidgeBill Wynne Tim Taylor2005 Tom Beres Tony Tomsic Brent Larkin Betty Cope John Teresko 2012 Tom Feran 2006 Robert G. McGruder Ray DeCrane 2008 Jim Collins Phillip Morris 2009 2003Miller Alge Arnold Bob Larkin Pete Cary Marjorie (Marge) Ted Diadiun Kelly O’Donnell Tom Brazaitis Walt Bogdanich Casey Coleman Peter Miller Terry Pluto Tom Meyer Vivian Goodman Bob PaynterRegina BrettWilliam F. MillerCynthia Dettelbach Virgil Dominic Stan Modic Connie Schultz Vern Henry Janet Jim Donovan Jane Temple Ron Kuntz Carl McCue Monday Paul Tepley Stuart Warner 2010 Dick Russ Joe Tait Alex Machaskee Joanna Connors Leonard Betsy Sullivan 2007 2011 2001Will 2004 Mark DodoshPaul Sciria 2005 Tom Beres Dick Goddard Tom Andrzejewski Ed Bang 2002 Jack Graney Bill Wynne Doug Clifton BettyRoldo CopeBartimole Tom Feran Wes Lawrence Brent Larkin Eileen Korey Ray DeCrane Phillip Morris Andrew Logan Gilbert W. Henderson Ted Gup Robert G. Ralph and Terry Kovel 2008 Bob Larkin Kelly O’Donnell Norm McGruder Mlachak Ted Henry Lute Harmon Arnold Miller Martin SavidgePete Cary Richard Osborne Terry Fred Pluto Bob Paynter George Anthony McGunagle Peter Miller John TereskoTom Meyer Tim Taylor Connie Schultz Moore John A. Penton Stan William F. Miller Paul Tepley BillModic Tanner Tony Tomsic Carl Monday Jane Temple Marjorie Wilson
2000 Joseph W. Gray 2001 Claire MacMurray Dick Goddard Howard Wes Lawrence GraceAndrew Goulder Logan Izant Ned Whelan Norm Mlachak DickAnthony Zunt George Moore NeilBill Zurcher Tanner
1999 Leon 2000 Bibb Joseph W. Gray Bob Dolgan ClaireBetty MacMurray Howard Klaric Grace Goulder Izant Regis McAuley Ned Sobul Whelan Sanford Zunt JohnDick Webster Neil Zurcher Bob Yonkers
1999 Leon Bibb Bob Dolgan Betty Klaric Regis McAuley Sanford Sobul
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nighttown has been welcoming guests on Cedar Road in Cleveland Heights since 1965.
Hall of Fame plaques share walls with historic photos.
nighttown owner Brendan Ring: tory. “nighttown is about his ut abo is b Clu ss Pre The history. People come in and read the plaques on the wall and see the famous photographs. .” It’s living, it’s breathing
John Webster Bob Yonkers 1998 William W. Armstrong Emerson L. Batdorff Bus Bergen Bill Hickey Herb Score Ben Tidyman 1997 Donald L. Bean Marion Hopwood Kelly Edward D. Kuekes Carl T. Robertson Russell Schneider John H. Sheridan 1996 Dan Coughlin James E. Doyle Frank Gibbons
Fred Griffth Ed McAuley Alice Weston 1995 Ray Matjasic Lou Mio Michael D. Roberts 1994 Nev Chandler Dick Feagler Mary Strassmeyer 1993 Hugh Danaceau Jimmy Dudley Pauline Thoma 1992 Ken Coleman Chuck Heaton Don Robertson
Details of the mural by Cleveland Press art ist Bill Roberts capture an earlier era in Cleveland’s history.
1991 Hilbert Black Hal Lebovitz Jane Scott 1990 George Condon Russell L. Faist Sanford E. Markey 1989 James (Hal) Donahey John Rees Bill Roberts Josephine Robertson 1988 Bob August Peter Bellamy J.H.A. Bone Charles Day
1986 Liberty Holden Herb Kamm Wayne Mack Ray Osrin 1985 Edwin Cowles Winsor French Nathaniel R. Howard Franklin A. Lewis 1984 Lynn Heinzerling Eber D. Howe Doris O’Donnell Norman Shaw 1983 Howard Beaufait James W. Collins Erie C. Hopwood Richard J. McLaughin
1982 Louis Clifford Gordon Cobbledick Edward W. Scripps William O. Walker 1981 Paul Bellamy Bruce Catton David Dietz Dorothy Fuldheim Roelif A. Loveland William F. McDermott Philip W. Porter John W. Raper Louis B. Seltzer Artemus Ward Milt Widder
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Welcome New Members Brennan Donnellan
Job title: News Director Employer: WKYC Cleveland City of residence: South Russell Alma Mater: Ohio University What is the “elevator description” of your job? My job is to provide leadership and support to the team of journalists at WKYC. Our mission is to deliver important, relevant and enlightening news and information to the people of Northeast Ohio. Best and/or most challenging part of your job? I love great stories. I’m proud when I can give a journalist the time and tools to tell a story that will create positive change in our community. Something not many people know about me: I attended 43 Grateful Dead concerts between 1981 and 1994. The inspiration for getting me into this business is/was: I watched way too much TV as a child and always wanted to work in this business. What do you hope to get out of your Press Club of Cleveland membership? I hope to connect with other people in all areas of the news business in Northeast Ohio.
Job title: Marketing Communications Director Employer: Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging City of residence: Lakewood Alma Mater: CSU What is the “elevator description” of your job? I oversee the promotion of the Benjamin Rose brand via all communication vehicles (PR, advertising, social media, etc.) Best and/or most challenging part of your job? I oversee promotion through ALL communication vehicles. I remind myself that I like variety and would be bored doing to same thing all the time. Something not many people know about me: I studied classical piano, including a year of master classes with composer Frederick Koch. The inspiration for getting me into this business is/was: I realized I could actually make a career out of writing… something I do anyway for fun! What do you enjoy most about living in Northeast Ohio? The fact that we have seasons and an abundance of parks to enjoy.
My latest exciting project is: The launch of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s new headquarters, including promotion of our Conference Center at Benjamin Rose and an Education & Training Program for professionals in the field of aging.
Job title: Vice President Employer: North Coast Community Homes City of residence: Brecksville Alma Mater: Kent State University What is the “elevator description” of your job? Raising awareness and support for the mission of NCCH, providing safe, comfortable, and affordable homes for people who have disabilities. Best and/or most challenging part of your job? Best part – helping provide homes for very vulnerable people who otherwise would have no suitable place to live. Most challenging – the need among people with disabilities is far greater than the resources to assist them. Something not many people know about me: A couple partners and I have an active not-for-profit TV production business called Eastern Christian Media. We’ve done quite a bit of national cable programming right here in Cleveland. The inspiration for getting me into this business is/was: My late brother was a gentleman with an intellectual disability, and our father had significant disabilities. So a lifetime of experience in this area has prepared me well, and has now turned into a full time vocation. What do you enjoy most about living in Northeast Ohio? Having been all over the world, I can truly say the people in NE Ohio are the most genuine, friendliest folks on earth.
Job title: Assistant Director of Marketing Employer: PlayhouseSquare City of residence: Canton Alma Mater: The Ohio State University What is the “elevator description” of your job? I manage the team that handles all of the marketing and public relations efforts related to the shows booked here at PlayhouseSquare. Best part of the job? Broadway Most challenging part of your job: Broadway
The inspiration for getting me into this business is/was: Everyone who told me that I couldn’t “do anything” with a theater degree. What do you enjoy most about living in Northeast Ohio? My family is here. My latest exciting project is: Launching the 2013-14 KeyBank Broadway Series.
Job title:Writer/editor Employer: Self City of residence: Concord Township Alma Mater: Kent State University What is the “elevator description” of your job? Writer for publications and corporations. Best part of the job? It’s hard to choose between research and writing. Most challenging part of your job: Getting inside a client’s head to determine exactly what they want to motivate in their audiences. The inspiration for getting me into this business is/was: I love to learn and this business requires me to do that. What do you hope to get out of your Press Club of Cleveland membership? To keep up with the times in communication tools and industry changes. What do you enjoy most about living in Northeast Ohio? The area is small enough I can be anywhere rather quickly. The dining scene is dynamic and creative. The weather (really). My latest exciting project is: Finishing my master’s degree in public relations.
Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. We value our relationships and thank you for being a Press Club member. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year. All the best to you and your family, The Press Club of Cleveland
The 2013 Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame Awards Dinner
More than 200 people celebrated journalism and honored new inductees and the Chuck Heaton Award winner. More details and photos at www.pressclubcleveland.com.