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Akron Press Club The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of bringing local and national newsmakers together to discuss compelling issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public.

The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Members of the Akron Press Club are journalists, communicators and public relations professionals, and frequently news makers themselves. The Akron Press Club represents the area’s only association whose membership encompasses all communications fields. This

The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Members of the Akron Press Club are journalists, communicators and public relations professionals, and frequently news makers themselves. The Akron Press Club represents the area’s only association whose membership encompasses all communications fields. This

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Don't miss our virtual event with Akron Beacon Journal sports columnist Marla Ridenour, a trailblazer for women in sport...
05/09/2022

Don't miss our virtual event with Akron Beacon Journal sports columnist Marla Ridenour, a trailblazer for women in sports journalism. Register ➡️ https://conta.cc/3OV6wpr

The Akron Press Club is seeking a part-time, remote administrator! This person maintains our virtual office and helps to...
01/05/2022
The Akron Press Club is seeking a part-time Administrator – Akron Press Club

The Akron Press Club is seeking a part-time, remote administrator! This person maintains our virtual office and helps to support our membership, events and ongoing projects. More details: https://www.akronpressclub.org/202112/the-akron-press-club-is-seeking-a-part-time-administrator

The Akron Press Club is seeking a part-time Administrator by Akron Press ClubPosted onDecember 10, 2021 What does the Akron Press Club administrator do? The Akron Press Club Administrator is responsible for supporting the general operations of the Club. Primary responsibilities include supporting th...

Join us Friday at noon to learn about NASA's missions to Mars from a NASA Glenn-based engineer! Details: https://www.akr...
09/29/2021
Akron Press Club speaker to zoom in on Mars – Akron Press Club

Join us Friday at noon to learn about NASA's missions to Mars from a NASA Glenn-based engineer!

Details: https://www.akronpressclub.org/202109/akron-press-club-speaker-to-zoom-in-on-mars

Register here: https://conta.cc/2XaIIaG

Akron Press Club speaker to zoom in on Mars by Akron Press ClubPosted onSeptember 15, 2021 Jeff Woytach of Cleveland’s NASA John H. Glenn Research Center will discuss the exploration of Mars at an Akron Press Club virtual program Friday, October 1 at noon. NASA Glenn was a key participant in the M...

Next week, the Press Club goes to Mars! Join us for a conversation with Jeff Woytach of Cleveland’s NASA John H. Glenn R...
09/24/2021
Akron Press Club speaker to zoom in on Mars – Akron Press Club

Next week, the Press Club goes to Mars! Join us for a conversation with Jeff Woytach of Cleveland’s NASA John H. Glenn Research Center. Jeff supported the Mars Pathfinder mission, which was designed to show a way to deliver science instruments and a free-ranging rover to the Red Planet.

Details: https://www.akronpressclub.org/202109/akron-press-club-speaker-to-zoom-in-on-mars

Register: https://conta.cc/2XaIIaG

Akron Press Club speaker to zoom in on Mars by Akron Press ClubPosted onSeptember 15, 2021 Jeff Woytach of Cleveland’s NASA John H. Glenn Research Center will discuss the exploration of Mars at an Akron Press Club virtual program Friday, October 1 at noon. NASA Glenn was a key participant in the M...

09/22/2021
Redistricting Panel Discussion

Rich Exner and Jen Miller discuss the current redistricting process happening in Ohio. Moderator: M.L. Schultze

Join us Wednesday at noon for a virtual panel discussion of Ohio's redistricting process. Districts for those who repres...
09/19/2021
Redistricting Panel Discussion

Join us Wednesday at noon for a virtual panel discussion of Ohio's redistricting process.

Districts for those who represent Ohio are redrawn every 10 years following the release of the U.S. Census. Based on the 2020 census, Ohio will lose a House seat, going from 17 to 15 representatives. Ohio voters have approved two constitutional amendments designed to curtail gerrymandering. How will the process play out this year?

Our speakers:

Jen Miller, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. Miller also is on the board of the Ohio Debate Commission, the Ohio History Connection and Kids Voting Ohio.

Rich Exner of Cleveland.com. Among Exner’s areas of expertise are U.S. Census data and elections.

Register here: https://conta.cc/3hzwsba

Join the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, September 22 for a discussion on the current redistricting happening in Ohio.

The Press Club is back with fall programming! Join us Wednesday, Sept. 22 at noon for a virtual panel on Ohio's redistri...
09/15/2021
Akron Press Club panel to discuss redistricting – Akron Press Club

The Press Club is back with fall programming! Join us Wednesday, Sept. 22 at noon for a virtual panel on Ohio's redistricting process.

Details: https://www.akronpressclub.org/202109/akron-press-club-panel-to-discuss-redistricting

Sign up: https://conta.cc/3hzwsba

Akron Press Club panel to discuss redistricting by Akron Press ClubPosted onSeptember 15, 2021 Ohio is in the process of redrawing U.S. Congressional districts, along with Ohio’s House and Senate districts. An Akron Press Club panel will discuss the process and what it means for voters at a virtua...

Voice of America White House bureau chief Steven L. Herman will speak at an Akron Press Club virtual program Friday, Apr...
04/12/2021
Akron Press Club presents Steve Herman, White House Bureau Chief for the Voice of America

Voice of America White House bureau chief Steven L. Herman will speak at an Akron Press Club virtual program Friday, April 30, at noon. As White House bureau chief, Herman covered the Donald Trump presidency from Oval Office and briefing room events to overseas trips. In 2020 he covered both the Trump and Joe Biden campaigns. Herman traveled with Trump on 45th president’s final flight to Florida.

This virtual presentation is co-sponsored by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Register here: http://conta.cc/3tI0HjC

Join Akron Press Club on Friday, April 30 as we welcome Steve Herman, White House Bureau Chief for the Voice of America.

Join us Monday, April 5 at noon for a discussion about domestic extremism with Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler.Dr. Kaltenthaler is...
03/17/2021
Understanding Political Extremism

Join us Monday, April 5 at noon for a discussion about domestic extremism with Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler.

Dr. Kaltenthaler is a political science professor and director of security studies at the University of Akron. He is an expert on political violence, political psychology, public opinion and political behavior, and countering violent extremism and counterterrorism.

Register here: http://conta.cc/3uyTMdS. As usual, we'll livestream the conversation here as well!

Join Akron Press Club on April 5 as we welcome Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler, Professor of Political Science and Director of Security Studies at the University of Akron.

We are very excited to welcome Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda, Kent State University epidemiologist Tara ...
03/05/2021
COVID-19 in Summit County: A Panel Discussion

We are very excited to welcome Summit County Health Commissioner Donna Skoda, Kent State University epidemiologist Tara Smith and AxessPointe Community Health Centers Pharmacy Director Magdi Awad for a discussion about COVID-19 on Monday.

Join us here on Facebook at noon, or register in advance to receive a Zoom link: https://conta.cc/3pCF9CP

Join Akron Press Club on March 8 for a COVID-19 panel discussion featuring Magdi Awad, PharmD, RPh, Director of Pharmacy, AxessPointe Community Health Centers; Donna Skoda, MS RD LD, Commissioner, Summit County Public Health; and Tara Smith, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, Kent State University.

There's still time to register for our COVID-19 panel discussion with Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Sko...
03/02/2021
COVID-19 in Summit County: A Panel Discussion

There's still time to register for our COVID-19 panel discussion with Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Skoda, Kent State University epidemiologist Tara Smith, and AxessPointe Community Health Centers Pharmacy Director Magdi Awad. Join us March 8 at noon!

Sign up here: https://conta.cc/3pCF9CP

Join Akron Press Club on March 8 for a COVID-19 panel discussion featuring Magdi Awad, PharmD, RPh, Director of Pharmacy, AxessPointe Community Health Centers; Donna Skoda, MS RD LD, Commissioner, Summit County Public Health; and Tara Smith, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, Kent State University.

Journalism and public relations students: There's still time to apply for a $5,000 Akron Press Club scholarship! Submit ...
02/25/2021
John S. Knight Memorial Scholarship

Journalism and public relations students: There's still time to apply for a $5,000 Akron Press Club scholarship! Submit your application here by March 5: https://knightscholars.org

Scholarships honoring John S. Knight, Ludel Sauvageot and the Akron Press Club APPLY ONLINE Download application to fill out and mail in Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 John S. Knight    

A panel of health experts will share their knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic at an Akron Press Club virtual program at ...
02/24/2021
COVID-19 in Summit County: A Panel Discussion

A panel of health experts will share their knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic at an Akron Press Club virtual program at noon on Monday, March 8.

Join us to hear from Summit County Public Health Commissioner Donna Skoda; Kent State University epidemiologist Tara Smith; and AxessPointe Community Health Centers Pharmacy Director Magdi Awad.

Register here! https://conta.cc/3pCF9CP

Join Akron Press Club on March 8 for a COVID-19 panel discussion featuring Magdi Awad, PharmD, RPh, Director of Pharmacy, AxessPointe Community Health Centers; Donna Skoda, MS RD LD, Commissioner, Summit County Public Health; and Tara Smith, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, Kent State University.

Tune in tomorrow at noon for the annual State of the Schools address from Akron Public Schools superintendent David Jame...
02/10/2021
2021 State of the Schools Address

Tune in tomorrow at noon for the annual State of the Schools address from Akron Public Schools superintendent David James!

The speech will be livestreamed here, but please register in order to have the opportunity to ask questions: https://conta.cc/2LB2y9z

Join us on February 11 as we welcome Dr. David James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, to deliver his final State of the Schools address.

There's still time to register for State of the Schools, the annual address from the superintendent of Akron Public Scho...
02/08/2021
2021 State of the Schools Address

There's still time to register for State of the Schools, the annual address from the superintendent of Akron Public Schools. As David James prepares to retire and the district faces the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, don't miss this free event.

Sign up to attend on Feb. 11 at noon: https://conta.cc/2LB2y9z

Join us on February 11 as we welcome Dr. David James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, to deliver his final State of the Schools address.

As we navigate COVID-19, please consider making a donation to the Akron Press Club to fund scholarships: https://events....
01/29/2021
Akron Press Club Donation Form

As we navigate COVID-19, please consider making a donation to the Akron Press Club to fund scholarships: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehfxvblabfd21790&oseq=&c=&ch=

The Akron Press Club has not been able to hold traditional lunch programming during the current pandemic. Funds from these lunches go toward scholarships for journalism and public relations students. Between the Press Club and the John S. Knight Memorial Scholarship Fund, scholarships of $5,000 were awarded to nine students in 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also disrupted the normal educational pathways for many university students, who have had to embrace learning in a virtual environment. These $5,000 scholarships make a big difference to the students who receive them.

Yes! I want to support the future of journalism by giving to the Akron Press Club Scholarship Fund. Money raised for this Scholarship Fund is given to students majoring in journalism and communications at local universities.

In his State of the Schools address on Feb. 11, Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James will discuss myriad issu...
01/27/2021
2021 State of the Schools Address

In his State of the Schools address on Feb. 11, Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James will discuss myriad issues facing educators and school districts today, including budget and funding in Ohio, and the COVID pandemic, which has proved to be an enormous challenge for school districts. Students at APS have been learning remotely since the middle of last March.

Akron Public Schools has roughly 21,000 students and 3,000 employees. The district includes 47 schools and community learning centers.

This year, APS started plans to expand its new College & Career Academies of Akron into all middle schools. Last year, this transformational program was built into every APS high school. Eventually, according to James, the program will be in grade levels. It already has positive, measurable results from its pilot program that was started first at North High School four years ago.

Register here: https://conta.cc/2LB2y9z

Join us on February 11 as we welcome Dr. David James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, to deliver his final State of the Schools address.

Have you read Akron's Daily Miracle, the new collection of essays about life in the Akron Beacon Journal newsroom? Join ...
01/25/2021
Akron's Daily Miracle: Life Inside the Akron Beacon Journal Newsroom

Have you read Akron's Daily Miracle, the new collection of essays about life in the Akron Beacon Journal newsroom? Join us for a conversation with former staffers about the book on Feb. 1.

Panelists include:
Moderator — Bruce Winges, who retired in 2019 after serving as editor-in-chief
Charlene Nevada, a reporter and editor who covered a variety of beats during her 35-year career
Stuart Warner, the columnist who wrote Warner’s Corner and also held a variety of editing positions
Bob Dyer, a columnist, who retired in 2020

Register here! https://conta.cc/3hAPdKe

Join us on Feb. 1, 2021 for an insider's perspective on Akron's Daily Miracle, a new book that looks at life inside the newsroom of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Do you know a college student studying journalism or public relations? Encourage them to apply for the $5,000 John S. Kn...
01/22/2021
John S. Knight Memorial Scholarship

Do you know a college student studying journalism or public relations? Encourage them to apply for the $5,000 John S. Knight Memorial Scholarship! Applications are due March 5: https://knightscholars.org/

Scholarships honoring John S. Knight, Ludel Sauvageot and the Akron Press Club APPLY ONLINE Download application to fill out and mail in Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021 John S. Knight    

Our annual State of the Schools address will take place virtually this year. The address will begin on Feb. 11 at noon a...
01/20/2021
2021 State of the Schools Address

Our annual State of the Schools address will take place virtually this year. The address will begin on Feb. 11 at noon and there will be an opportunity to ask questions afterward.

This will be the final State of the Schools address from Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James. Dr. James plans to retire this summer after 13 years as superintendent and 29 years with the school district.

Register here: https://conta.cc/2LB2y9z

Join us on February 11 as we welcome Dr. David James, Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, to deliver his final State of the Schools address.

Join us on Monday, Feb. 1 for a panel discussion about a new book that looks at life inside the Akron Beacon Journal new...
01/14/2021
Akron's Daily Miracle: Life Inside the Akron Beacon Journal Newsroom

Join us on Monday, Feb. 1 for a panel discussion about a new book that looks at life inside the Akron Beacon Journal newsroom.

"Akron’s Daily Miracle," from the University of Akron Press, is a collection of essays from the journalists who told the story of Akron. The book begins with the death of the heir to John S. Knight’s newspapers and goes through the end of Knight Ridder Newspapers and subsequent changes in ownership. It was edited by former Beacon Journal journalists Deb Van Tassel Warner and Stuart Warner.

Retired Beacon Journal staffers who will join the panel include columnist Bob Dyer, reporter and editor Charlene Nevada, and columnist Stuart Warner. Editor Bruce Winges will moderate.

Register here — https://conta.cc/3hAPdKe — and purchase the book from your favorite local bookstore!

Join us on Feb. 1, 2021 for an insider's perspective on Akron's Daily Miracle, a new book that looks at life inside the newsroom of the Akron Beacon Journal.

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Always a pleasure to hear from President Gary Miller about his work at The University of Akron. Thank you to the Akron Press Club for hosting today's State of the University address. By working together local leaders in government, business, and education can continue to serve and grow #SummitCounty.
"University of Akron School of Law Professor Mike Gentithes will discuss “100 Years of Press Freedom: Where Free Press Litigation Leads, Society Follows” in a virtual Akron Press Club program at noon Wednesday, October 20, 2021. He will talk about how defamation, prior restraint and censorship cases brought changes in law and to the broader society. He also may offer thoughts on how future free press litigation could perform a similar role." Register for this free virtual event: https://conta.cc/3AGclzE Read more: https://www.akronpressclub.org/202109/press-club-presents-program-on-press-freedom-and-litigation
Join the Akron Press Club for a panel discussion about the COVID vaccine in Summit County.
Listening to Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James talk about the great things happening in our schools, during his State of the Schools address. Nice to see Patrick Bravo, School Board President, and School Board Members Valerie McKitrick for Akron School Board, Diana Autry BSN RN, Lisa Mansfield, and (past member) Veronica Sims for Our City. Akron Press Club
Join us *live* at noon for the debate between Democrat Dan Horrigan, Akron's incumbent mayor, and Republican challenger Josh Sines. The debate is presented by the Akron Press Club and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Akron: Let’s get ready to rumble! Akron's incumbent mayor, Democrat Dan Horrigan, and Republican challenger Josh Sines (who happens be a boxing/MMA/wrestling announcer) debate tomorrow at high noon. Catch the action live at ideastream.org (you can also listen at 10 p.m. on 90.3 WCPN or watch at 11:30 p.m. on WVIZ). The Akron mayoral debate is presented by the Akron Press Club and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Hello everyone! Interested in documentaries? Watch #WhatHauntsUs today to follow Paige Goldberg Tolmach in her quest to uncover the chilling truth behind the sexual abuse that occurred within and outside her high school's walls for years. Find out more about how a trusted teacher and friend was really the source of scandal all along. https://starz.tv/2rIdJzf
Gordon Felt, president of http://familiesofflight93.org/ is going to be the speaker at the first Fall gathering of the Akron Press Club. I am honored to be introducing him and moderating the questions following his speech. I hope you can join us for our lunch-time event at Tangier in Akron on Sept. 20th! Details at http://www.akronpressclub.org/201709/president-of-families-of-flight-93-to-speak-at-akron-press-club-september-20