PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter Hosts Lunch N’ Learn Highlighting Florida Weekly’s Success Story

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM
*Networking begins at 11:30 am, with lunch to follow promptly at noon

WHERE: Hilton® Naples,, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34103

WHAT: Florida Weekly is one of the largest circulating newsweeklies in Florida, with more than 75,000 papers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Palm Beach counties reaching more than 150,000 readers in print and online each week.  The publication has successfully expanded its operations during an economic climate in which many media companies have been forced to reduce services due to budget cuts.

Jeff Cull, Vice President and Executive Editor, and Pason Gaddis, President and Publisher of the Florida Weekly, will discuss:

  • The formation of the community newspaper group in 2007 (at the outset of the Great Recession)
  • Its growth from a single Fort Myers publication into multiple publications
    serving Naples, Port Charlotte and Palm Beach Gardens, and plans for future expansion
  • The demographics of the publications and how they can serve us, as PR practitioners, well

COST: $24 for PRSA members, $29 for non-members and walk-up attendees, $27 for non-profits, $15 for students and PRSSA members
*No shows will be billed and only cash and checks accepted at the door

REGISTER: You must register online by Friday, June 24th to attend

2011 Annual FGCA Conference, July 28 & 29

Announcing the 2011 Annual FGCA Conference

Join us for the 2011 Florida Government Communicators Association’s Annual Conference from Thursday, July 28, through Friday, July 29, 2011, at the Lido Beach Resort in beautiful Sarasota County.

This year’s theme is “Get Your Geek On.” With app technology, mobile devices, and a completely changing internet landscape, our world is definitely bringing out the “geek” in all of us.

“Stepping Up to the Plate” Media Breakfast

Tuesday, June 7 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33913
Media experts up to bat will share industry insights based on their diverse perspectives and
experiences, offer tips for effective media relations and respond to questions from the fans.
This year’s team roster features…

  • Phil Borchmann, Gulfshore Business
  • Francesca Donlan, The News-Press Media Group
  • Valarie Harring, Breeze Newspapers
  • Michael Hayes, 96.9 WINK FM
  • Penny Moore, Naples Daily News
  • Osvaldo Padilla, Florida Weekly
  • Lois Thome, WINK News

$40 for FPRA members or $50 for guests
For sponsorship opportunities or more details,
contact Tiffany Esposito at (239) 992-2943 or Melissa Simontis at (239) 425-2366 ext. 25.