November Byliner

November 2021
By Bob Rosenbaum- Nominating committee chair
The Press Club nominating committee has announced the following slate of nominees to serve as officers on the club’s executive committee in 2022:
·       Denise Polverine, Director of Digital, WKYC-TV; as president
·       Elizabeth McIntyre, Executive Editor, Crain’s Cleveland Business; as 1st vice president
·       Mary Lou Brink, Senior Director of Content, Falls & Co.; as 2nd vice president
·       Shannon Mortland, Vice President of Regional Media Relations, PNC Bank; as secretary
·       Carol Kovach, Editor, Northeast Ohio Catholic magazine; as treasurer
·       Kevin Adelstein, President and CEO, Cleveland Jewish Publication Co.; as assistant treasurer
The following have been nominated for election to a two-year term on the club’s board of directors:
·       Cliff Anthony, Professor of Journalism, Lorain County Community College
·       Curtis Danburg, VP of Communications & Community Impact, Cleveland Guardians
·       Thom Fladung, Managing Partner, Hennes Communications
·       Marlene Harris-Taylor, Managing Producer, Ideastream
·       Carol Kovach
·       Amy McGahan, Managing Director, Dix & Eaton
·       Elizabeth McIntyre
·       Russ Mitchell, Anchor and Managing Editor, WKYC-TV
The election of officers and board members will be held at the Press Club’s Holiday Party & Annual Meeting on Dec. 1. 
The Press Club board consists of 19 members, with at least 10 working journalists.
The Press Club of Cleveland is planning to present the next Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame induction and Chuck Heaton Award presentation on March 3, 2022. Venue details are being finalized and will be announced soon.

Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 30 for the next Journalism Hall of Fame class and candidates for the Chuck Heaton Award. 
Press Club members should submit nominations by email to Please indicate Hall of Fame or Heaton Award in the subject line. Also, include the nominee’s name, email address, phone number, the media outlet the person is/was affiliated with and a brief description of why he or she should be considered for the Hall of Fame or Heaton Award. In addition, nominators should include their name, email address and phone number. 

Questions? Contact Carol Kovach at or call the Press Club office, 440-899-1222.
Wednesday, Dec. 1st 5:30-8:00 PM
Market Garden Brewery
(Ohio City Room)

Get those "ugly" holiday sweaters ready
Press Club members $15
Non-members $25
includes one drink ticket
and hors 's oeuvres
Five Journalism Tidbits from Northeast Ohio
-New nonprofit newsroom aims to launch in Cleveland in 2022 with starting staff of 25.
-Former Canton Rep sports writer Joe Scalzo joins Crain’s Cleveland Business, assuming the Sports Business beat formerly occupied by Kevin Kleps. 
-Cavs sideline reporter Angel Gray takes national gig with ESPN, replaced in an interim capacity by Bally Sports Guardians on-field guy, Andre Knott
-FOX Weather officially launched on Oct. 25, and former WKYC meteorologist Jason Frazer is part of the team. debates whether or not to report on polls as part of its election coverage. 
Five Journalism Tidbits from Around the Country + World
-American journalist Danny Fenster arrives in New York after six months of detention in military-ruled Myanmar.
-The Salt Lake Tribune, which has transitioned to nonprofit ownership after a spell with vulture hedge fund Alden Global Capital, announces it will add another day of printing (from one to two) and more reporters in 2022. 
- “Click to subscribe, call to cancel” is actually illegal
-Journalism’s “epic” failure in covering the 2017 Steele dossier. 

Cleveland Jewish News

The Cleveland Jewish News is seeking candidates for the Clifford and Linda Wolf Editorial Internship. The paid internship will be for between 25-30 hours per week for 10 weeks in either the spring or fall.

Interns will gain on-the-ground journalism experience in the fast-paced, professional newsroom environment of the CJN, which has been named the best community weekly in Ohio four of the last five years, including 2020. Interns will be involved in all facets of the news gathering process including but not limited to assisting reporters with research, verification, securing and speaking with sources, proofreading, copy editing, etc. Editorial interns will have an opportunity to pitch and write stories for all CJN platforms and publications, including all digital, social and magazine properties as well as the Columbus Jewish News, our sister publication.

Clifford and Linda Wolf Editorial interns will learn about all facets of the Cleveland Jewish community, gaining new appreciation and insights into the people, congregations, agencies and organizations that comprise our vibrant community.
At the conclusion of the internship, it is expected that the intern will have a robust portfolio of published and accomplished work.

Applicants should submit a resume and three writing samples to and include “Wolf Editorial Internship” in the subject line. For questions, contact Managing Editor Bob Jacob at No phone calls, please.
The Cleveland Jewish Publication Company is an equal opportunity employer.

City of Cleveland Heights
Director of Communications and Public Engagement, City of Cleveland Heights
SUMMARY: Incumbent manages the development, execution, and coordination of public information, and community and media relations. Serves as an advisor to the Mayor on communications strategy, serves as the City’s Public Information Officer (PIO), coordinates the City’s communications and marketing activities. 
Public Relations Specialist, City of Cleveland Heights
SUMMARY: Incumbents design, engineer, and direct an end product related to the assignment. Duties include research and development, writing, and media relations.
Please contact Mary Trupo via email at to submit your resume and cover letter.

In continuous operation since 1887, The Press Club of Cleveland is a home for working journalists, professional communicators and anyone who supports the media’s role to keep watch over democratic processes. We advocate for the importance of journalism; maintain the rich history of journalism in Northeast Ohio; recognize excellence in the field with the All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards and the Press Club Hall of Fame; and host programs that bring members together for education, networking and comradery. 
We are offering "join now" membership fees and receive membership through December 31, 2022. 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

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