September Byliner

September 2019
Dear Friends,

We're pleased this month to share with you the first installment of a new series profiling some of the first-place winners in the All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. We kick things off with a Q&A with Jim Vickers, editor of Ohio Magazine. Special thanks to Press Club board member Cristy Carlson for gathering Jim's thoughts for this piece.

Read on for other PC news, including a Jobs Board with listings of local and regional media openings (additional submissions may be sent to, links to our brand new 2019-2020 Member and Board Directories, and more.

On behalf of The Press Club of Cleveland, I'd like to thank Rita Andolsen, director of transformation communications and community engagement for the MetroHealth System, for her years of service and outstanding contributions to the PC Board of Directors, Rita recently stepped down from the board, and we're accepting nominations to fill her seat. Details below.

Cheers to all those who joined us for our August happy hour at Masthead Brewery. It was a terrific turnout, with great stories and great friends. Stay tuned for details about additional happy hours and other Press Club events.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Christopher Reymann, who passed away earlier this month. Reymann had been a videographer at WOIO - Cleveland19 for 27 years. He will be missed.


Thursday, September 26, 1:30-3 p.m.: Advancing public policies to support local news
A presentation and discussion with Common Cause Ohio, Policy Matters Ohio & Free Press. Join Common Cause Ohio, Policy Matters Ohio and media advocacy organization, Free Press, for a presentation and conversation about public policy solutions to Ohio’s local news crisis. Click here to learn more and to participate.

Amy McGahan, President
The Press Club of Cleveland
Shining a Light on Great Journalism
In this occasional Byliner series, we'll connect with journalists behind winning entries in the All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. Interviews may have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Q&A with Jim Vickers
first-place winner in the Open: Politics/Government Writing category for his Ohio Magazine story “Where Does John Kasich Go From Here?

Byliner: How did you get the idea to do a profile about Ohio Gov. John Kasich?

Jim Vickers: This story was a departure for us because Ohio Magazine is largely a travel, lifestyle, food & drink magazine, but every once in a while we’ll do a story about a personality. It was our 40th anniversary and we thought, ‘Who is an Ohioan who absolutely everyone would recognize?’ And we said, ‘Well, John Kasich just ran for president. He’s the person who’s probably on everyone’s mind right now.’

Byliner: What was the purpose of the story?

JV: Here's a guy who has served our state for years, starting in Congress in the 80’s, and then was a two-term governor who has to leave because of term limits, who probably could get elected again if he could stay. So we were hoping to just check in and say ‘Hey, you have one year left as governor, what are you working on? What are your thoughts about running for president and how that all worked out,’ and asking, ‘Where does John Kasich go from here?’

Byliner: Was it frustrating that he didn’t really answer that question?

JV: His answer was a big ‘I don’t know,’ essentially. I don’t think he was being coy about it, I think he realized that he still really doesn’t know. But even though he didn't answer that question, I think what works about the story is that it was an examination of, ‘Who is this guy? What does he care about? What is his vision and what are the ideas he talks about?’ One thing which fascinated me was about how the workforce in America is not ready for the future. It’s something I had not thought about that much. It makes you wonder, why don't we talk about this more?

Byliner: What challenges did you have in doing this story and how did you overcome them?

JV: When doing a profile you always ask, who are some people that we could talk to that are close to you, to kind of get perspective on you? And they were slow in getting me people and I didn't really know who to go after. It was one of those things where I asked a few times and I just really didn't get anywhere with it. So I was like, ‘Hmm.’ But one thing I found in the interim was this Congressional archive with all of the materials from his days in Congress at the Westerville Public Library. And it's all boxed up, it's all pretty neatly organized. So I went through that for an entire day. I got the thank you note Tim Russert wrote him after one of his appearances on Meet the Press, the personal letter that Newt Gingrich sent him after they had worked on something together – I believe it was one of the stealth bombers. It was really interesting just seeing these interactions between these people kind of frozen in time, there in a letter, in a thank you note. So I ended up using some of that stuff in the story that I think really kind of brought the past to life a little bit. That was something people reacted to in a way that I wasn't expecting.


Check out Jim’s award-winning article here. Jim welcomes your comments or questions. You can reach him at

Are you a first-place award-winner who would like to be featured in Byliner? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a note at

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Report for America:

Applications for news organizations to host a corps member are now open. Any type of news organization can apply. Visit to learn more. Deadline September 30.

Open journalism jobs will be posted in upcoming issues of The Byliner and shared in the Press Club of Cleveland social media channels. Job postings may be sent to

Press Club Board Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Press Club of Cleveland is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. Board membership entails monthly meetings, involvement on working committees, and participation in marquee events. 

We welcome nominations from journalists, communications and public relations professionals, and others who are committed to supporting the local press corps through programming and advocacy. Board members serve two-year terms; elections are held at the annual meeting in December. 

The Press Club Nominating Committee is looking for energetic voices and fresh perspectives, and is eager to broaden the diversity of the board and increase representation of journalists who operate in non-traditional media environments.

The nomination process involves filling out a form and conversation with one or more members of the nominating committee. If you're interested, contact Bob Rosenbaum, chair of the nominating committee, at 216.401.9342 or

Deadline for nominations is Monday, October 14.

Members of the nominating committee are:

  • Kevin Adelstein, Cleveland Jewish News
  • Sam Allard, Scene
  • John Betchkal, Retired
  • Mary Lou Brink, Plain Dealer
  • Thom Fladung, Hennes Communications
  • Patricia Panchak, Independent journalist
  • Bob Rosenbaum (chair), Heights Observer
Everyone is Welcome in the Press Club!

For 132 years, The Press Club of Cleveland has provided a place for journalists, public relations, corporate communications, marketing and advertising professionals to gather and exchange ideas. We promote excellence in journalism, educate future journalists and maintain the rich history of journalism in Cleveland. Provocative and informative programming is scheduled throughout the year with discounts offered to Press Club members.

We offer pro-rated membership fees, 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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