PCC welcomes panel of Chicago television news decision-makers


Pub­lic­ity Club of Chicago wel­comes panel of Chicago tele­vi­sion news decision-makers


CHICAGO (Novem­ber 26, 2012) – The Pub­lic­ity Club of Chicago (PCC) will host a sig­nif­i­cant panel of Chicago tele­vi­sion news plan­ners, edi­tors and pro­duc­ers on Decem­ber 5 for a con­ver­sa­tion focused on how pub­lic rela­tions pro­fes­sion­als can tai­lor pitches to get their clients, com­pa­nies or prod­ucts on the air. The PCC monthly lun­cheon pro­gram will be held at Maggiano’s Lit­tle Italy, 516 N. Clark St., Chicago.

The pro­gram, “Get­ting on the Air: TV News Decision-Makers,” includes rep­re­sen­ta­tives of five Chicago tele­vi­sion sta­tions. Pub­lic rela­tions pros will learn valu­able ideas to help them take advan­tage of the broad audi­ences that tele­vi­sion news delivers.

Chicago’s morn­ing news shows wake us up and get us mov­ing. Late night news­casts are usu­ally the last TV we watch before going to bed. With expanded pro­grams and increas­ing com­pe­ti­tion for view­ers’ atten­tion through­out the day, we’ll get an update from the pro­fes­sion­als behind the scenes about what dri­ves con­tent deci­sions and what role media rela­tions plays today in help­ing get news on the air,” said Sue Mark­graf, who along with Ash­leigh Way­land of Res­olute Con­sult­ing, Inc., orga­nized the pro­gram on the behalf of the PCC Pro­gram Committee.

Mark­graf is the PCC’s imme­di­ate past pres­i­dent, and founder and pres­i­dent of Green­Mark Pub­lic Rela­tions, Inc.

Con­firmed pan­elists for the PCC pro­gram fea­tur­ing tele­vi­sion news decision-makers are:

  • Terry Barthel, pro­ducer, “WGN-TV Morn­ing News,” WGN-TV (CW 9)
  • Jason Cooper, pro­ducer, “Good Day Chicago,” WFLD-TV (Fox 32)
  • Pam Oliver, news plan­ning edi­tor, WMAQ-TV (NBC 5)
  • Blanca Rios, news assign­ment edi­tor, WLS-TV (ABC 7)
  • Dei­dra White, news plan­ning man­ager, WBBM-TV (CBS 2)

Charles Mey­er­son, consultant/adjunct pro­fes­sor, and for­mer Chicago Bureau Chief, FM News 101.1, Chicago, will mod­er­ate the discussion.

The Dec. 5 lun­cheon pro­gram begins with reg­is­tra­tion and net­work­ing among Chicago com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als at 11:30 a.m., fol­lowed by a family-style lunch at noon. The pro­gram begins at 12:30 p.m. and con­cludes at 1:30 p.m. Audi­ence mem­bers will be able to engage pan­elists dur­ing a question-and-answer period. Reg­is­tra­tion is at http://www.publicity.org on the Web. Early reg­is­tra­tion rates are avail­able through 5 p.m. Nov. 30; late reg­is­tra­tion rates apply through 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Walk-ins rates apply the day of the program.

The PCC monthly lun­cheon series matches experts in com­mu­ni­ca­tion fields with pub­lic rela­tions pro­fes­sion­als to dis­cuss top­ics of sig­nif­i­cant inter­est. Recent PCC pro­grams have fea­tured experts in cri­sis com­mu­ni­ca­tion, social media, and the mag­a­zine indus­try. The PCC will host lead­ers of Chicago pub­lic rela­tions and pub­lic affairs agen­cies for its Jan­u­ary 2013 program.                    

About the Pub­lic­ity Club of Chicago

The Pub­lic­ity Club of Chicago, founded in 1941, is the nation’s largest inde­pen­dent pub­lic rela­tions mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion, pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion and net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to Chicago’s out­stand­ing pub­lic rela­tions prac­ti­tion­ers. Through monthly lun­cheons, pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment sem­i­nars, a pre­mier awards pro­gram and addi­tional events, the PCC is a prac­ti­cal resource for pro­vid­ing the tools, tech­nol­ogy and tac­tics Chicago-area pro­fes­sional com­mu­ni­ca­tors need to imple­ment high-quality pro­grams and excel in pub­lic rela­tions. Con­tact the PCC for infor­ma­tion about mem­ber­ship, com­mit­tees, adver­tis­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and a com­plete sched­ule of events: Web: http://www.publicity.org; Email: office@publicity.org; Office phone: 773/463‑5560

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