Social Media Policies, Practices and the 1st Amendment: Legal Advice for PR Professionals

Back by popular demand! Join the June 26th PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter’s lunch and learn where we will hear from attorney John Miller with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt about social media policies for your organization.

Miller will lead a presentation to guide public relations professionals addressing issues such as: Are social media posts considered “free speech?” Can an employer legally examine a candidate’s social media presence as part of the recruitment process? When can an employer legally terminate an employee for their online behavior? Where is the line with social media and the first amendment?

Miller will share examples of the most critical and valuable best practices in public relations in order to be proactive with legal issues guidelines when it comes to online activities.

The luncheon will be held Tuesday, June 26 at the Naples Hilton. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and presentations begin at noon. Lunch includes a chicken salad and dessert. A vegetarian option is available.

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Barker and Fisher to speak during May Lunch N Learn

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Join the May 22nd PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter’s lunch and learn where we will hear from leaders from the region’s largest daily newspapers, The Naples Daily News and The News-Press.

Bill Barker, publisher and president of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press and Penny Fisher, editor of the Naples Daily News will lead the discussion.  We will explore the changing face of media in Southwest Florida and the role first amendment in today’s environment.

Please, come with questions.

The luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 22 at the Naples Hilton. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and presentations begin at noon. Lunch includes salad, pasta primavera and dessert. A vegetarian option is available.

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Bill Barker

Bill Barker is the West Florida Regional President of Gannett Company, as well as publisher and president of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press, community publications, and related digital products. He also oversees the newspaper operations in Tallahassee and Pensacola.

Bill last served as vice president, regional publisher of the Journal Media Group overseeing operations at its newspapers in Naples and Florida’s Treasure Coast, as well as in Knoxville, Tennessee; Anderson, South Carolina; and Evansville, Indiana.

Bill joined the Daily News in fall 2013 as regional publisher and chief revenue officer after nearly a decade overseeing newspaper and media operations in the Tampa Bay area, including serving as president and publisher of The Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Tribune and TBO.com.

Before coming to Florida, Bill worked his way through the operational ranks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he was named director of operations in 1996. During his time in Richmond, Barker oversaw the construction and launch of three new facilities and an organizational restructuring.

Penny Fisher

Penny Fisher’s love affair with journalism began in rural southern Indiana. She grew up in a 500-person town just down the road from Milan, Ind., the real-life inspiration for the movie Hoosiers.

Penny joined her high school newspaper staff during her junior year and has spent every day since devoted to the craft. In college, she worked as a designer and editor for the Vincennes University Trailblazer and the Ball State Daily News.

In February 2007, she traded the hills of Indiana for the beaches of Florida and joined the Naples Daily News as a lead designer and later associate editor of The Banner. Penny served as the managing editor for seven community publications and for the Naples Daily News before being named the top editor in November 2016.

Penny is geeky about design, passionate about good story telling and over the top with organization. She enjoys shopping, traveling, cooking and spending time with her sportswriter husband Adam Fisher and her two kids Audrey, 5 and Alec, 3.

April 2018 Lunch-N-Learn: You & Your Business. AS SEEN ON TV!

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This month, Frank Cipolla will present, ” You & Your Business. AS SEEN ON TV!” Frank will discuss how to get you and your company on local and national radio and TV using the free media. Frank will provide invaluable information to help brand you the ‘expert’ in your industry. This short presentation will also provide tips on engaging the local and national media and improving your on camera performance.
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A 40-year radio and TV news broadcaster who was seen and heard in and around NYC and nationally, Frank began his on-air career at several small radio stations in New Jersey. In the mid 1980’s Frank was hired as the anchor for ‘Soupy Sales Radio Show’ on WNBC-AM in NYC. There he worked with ‘Imus in the Morning’ and Howard Stern often filling in on the Imus Show. Later he worked as a reporter for the NBC Radio Network before moving into local TV news – first as host of ‘Staten Island Live’ and then as the co-host of the popular ‘Morning Edition’ on News 12 New Jersey. In 2001 he moved over to WWOR-TV Channel 9 in NYC where he worked as a reporter and anchor.
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Frank most recently was heard nationally on the Wall Street Journal Radio Network. He is also the author of “It Shocked Even Us” a look all the funny behind the scenes stories from his many years in radio and TV. He is currently the owner of Contacts Media – a guest booking and media training company based in NY and Naples.
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DATE: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Vi Bentley Village, 850 Retreat Drive, Naples

Schedule:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Presentation

Cost:
$30  PRSA Members
$38  Non-Members
$25  Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, April 20, 2018.  No cash is accepted at the door.  Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon.  No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.  Thank you.

March Lunch ‘N Learn returns to Hilton Naples

This month, our Lunch ‘N Learn returns to the Naples Hilton at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 27.

Politics and news are inseparable. With political news coverage dominating the headlines more than ever before, the Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA welcomes Washington D.C. communications veteran, Carolyn Tieger as the keynote speaker at the March 27 lunch and learn. Tieger is considered one of the top public affairs strategists in the country, especially when it comes to tough legislative issues, corporate and industry crises, litigation and issues management.

She will share her experiences and why she believes public affairs is the new public relations.

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38
Non-Members, $25 Students
Reservations must be made by Friday, March 23, 2018.
*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, March 23. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

Upcoming PRSA opportunities

Chapter Impact Campaign

  • PRSA is kicking off its Chapter Impact Campaign this month, to support students of diverse backgrounds in their pursuit of careers in public relations and communications. By working together, PRSA, Chapters and the PRSA Foundation can make a significant impact on our profession by providing education and career opportunities to deserving students and building a diverse workforce.
  • PRSA is asking Chapters to share PRSA Foundation information and find creative ways to help support fundraising activities that benefit the PRSA Foundation.
  • A campaign toolkit for chapters, with background information and suggestions for different ways to participate, has been posted in the MyPRSA Chapter Leadership Community. Contact Beth-Ellen Keyes, the Foundation’s director of operations and programs, with questions.
  • Participating Chapters will receive a digital badge for their websites acknowledging their commitment to diversity and student support through their donation to the PRSA Foundation.

Membership Promotions

  • WELCOMEBACK18—waives the $35 reinstatement fee for anyone rejoining PRSA (more than six months of not being a member) at the $200 or $255 membership levels only. Valid through December 31, 2018.
  • JOINPRSA18—waives the $65 initiation fee for new members joining PRSA at the $200 or $255 membership levels only. Valid through December 31, 2018.
  • CHAPTERS18—provides a free chapter membership (up to $100) for new members joining at the $200 or $255 membership levels only. Valid March 1 – April 30, 2018. Please do not post the promo code or the graphics until March 1, as the code is not live until that date.
  • NEW! – Social media toolkit for CHAPTERS18 has been posted to a new community – Resources for PRSA Chapter Social Media Managers. Please encourage your social media volunteers to join this community.

Virtual Career Fair Coming Up

  • PRSA is hosting its second annual Virtual Career Fair April 18 from 1-4 p.m. ET.
  • Please share this with anyone you may know who would be interested in either attending as a jobseeker or exhibiting as a hiring employer.
  • More information at this link, or contact John Kesaris, PRSA’s corporate development and industry partnerships coordinator.

Chapter Event Promotional Opportunity

  • Let colleagues know what’s happening in your region and show prospective members that our chapters offer relevant activities for learning and connecting with other communication professionals. PRSA lists chapter events on prsa.org/learn under Chapter Events and also in the monthly “What’s Happening” email to all members.
  • Use this link to submit events, at least two months in advance.

Questions/Comments?

Please let me know if I can help you with anything. And, contact PRSA Sr. VP of Membership Jay Starr at 212.460.0306 or jay.starr@prsa.org if you have questions about PRSA membership activities.

February panelists – the changing newsroom

The February Lunch N Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Tiburon Golf Club, 2620 Tiburon Drive in Naples. We will hear from a media Panel on how newsrooms are changing and evolving and public relation strategies to meet those changes. CLICK TO REGISTER

The panel will include:

Penny Fisher
Penny Fisher’s love affair with journalism began in rural southern Indiana. She grew up in a 500-person town just down the road from Milan, Ind., the real-life inspiration for the movie Hoosiers. Penny joined her high school newspaper staff during her junior year and has spent every day since devoted to the craft. In college, she worked as a designer and editor for the Vincennes University Trailblazer and the Ball State Daily News. In February 2007, she traded the hills of Indiana for the beaches of Florida and joined the Naples Daily News as a lead designer and later associate editor of The Banner. Penny served as the managing editor for seven community publications and for the Naples Daily News before being named the top editor in November 2016. Penny is geeky about design, passionate about good story telling and over the top with organization. She enjoys shopping, traveling, cooking and spending time with her sportswriter husband and her two kids Audrey, 5 and Alec, 3.

Julie Glenn
Julie Glenn is the Interim News Director and host of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. She has served as president of the local chapter of Slow Food where she remains on the board. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Darrel Lieze-Adams
Darrel Lieze-Adams serves as the Vice President of News for Waterman Broadcasting (NBC2 and ABC7). He has been with the station since 1997. During his tenure at Waterman Broadcasting the station has won four National RTNDA Edward R. Murrow’s for Investigative Reporting. Darrel says, “I believe investigative reporting is the foundation of a great news department.” The station has also won several Regional Awards including Best Station, Best Breaking News, Best Newscast and Best Reporting. The news staff has won many Florida Associated Press Awards too, including Best Overall, Best Newscast, Best Weathercast, Best Sports, Best Public Affairs, and Best Reporting.

Darrel currently serves on the ABC News Director Advisory Board. This is a select group of News Directors who give feed back to the network. He served as Board Chair from 2006-08. He has served on many local boards, including the founding board of the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. He has also served on the Island Coast AIDS Network (ICAN) and Children’s Home Society boards. He is a 2003 Graduate of Lee County Emerging Leaders and one of Gulfshore Life’s 2008 Men of the Year.

Darrel came to Fort Myers from Minneapolis. He was the senior executive producer for KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities. A native of Motley, Minnesota, Darrel holds a degree in broadcast journalism and speech communication from St. Cloud State University. He grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota. Darrel currently lives in Lee County and is the proud father of twin daughters.

Ring in the New Year with Chief Stephanie Spell

Chief Stephanie Spell will be the featured speaker during the January Lunch-N-Learn, Jan. 23, at the Hilton Naples. Stephanie will share how the Collier County Sheriff’s Office social media team used wit and an informal writing tone to engage and calm a frazzled community before, during and after Hurricane Irma.
In addition to the team’s around the clock coverage, nightly “Reality Checks” summed up each day’s events, providing followers with all the information they needed in one crisp and conversational post.
After the storm passed, the team posted CCSO drone and Aviation Bureau video footage that provided followers with visuals that showed them where the damage was and – just as importantly – where it was not. The agency’s Facebook page had a reach of 2 million during the week of the storm, evidence that CCSO was a go-to source for reliable Irma-related news.

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BIO
Chief Stephanie Spell heads the Community Engagement Department within the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. As a member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff, she provides leadership for several law enforcement bureaus, including Public Information and Media Relations, Crime Prevention, Planning and Research, Victim Advocate, Senior Services, Minority Affairs and Volunteers.
Chief Spell has been with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office since 1987. She is the co-author of the book “The People’s Commissioner Donna Fiala” (The Seymour Agency, 2017) and she was also named as one of the 2013 Women of Power by Florida Weekly. Chief Spell is an accomplished outdoorswoman who enjoys fly fishing, skeet shooting and adventure travel.

LUNCH N LEARN – THIS MONTH: Best practices in Storytelling with Video

This month, we join forces with the Naples Daily News for an evening Holiday Social and we welcome Amy Oshier to discuss the best practices in creating effective stories with video. Amy has served as the anchor for “Behind the Headlines” for USA Today Network (the parent organization of the Naples Daily News and News-Press) since January 2016.
She has received numerous awards for her reporting and anchoring in breaking news situations and for medical and investigative news pieces. She currently provides content for both broadcast and digital platforms. Amy is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Naples Daily News
1100 Immokalee Rd, Naples, FL 34110

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38 Non-Members, $25 Students

Reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Nov. 24. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

October Lunch N Learn

LUNCH N LEARN – THIS MONTH
The importance of Ethics in Communication

Dr. Leonard Ferenz received his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in Medical Ethics from Georgetown University and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, D.C.. He is now retired from a 25 year career teaching at the university level. Concurrent with his teaching career, Dr. Ferenz has served on several hospital, home health, and extended care ethics committees. He presently serves as the Vice President of the Character Council of Collier County. Dr. Ferenz has numerous publications in the field of medical and business ethics, he conducted an external ethics of audit of Collier County Government in 2003 and he was the key author of a character education program for the Collier County Public School system, known as the “Circle of Excellence”.
Dr. Ferenz was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, attended Denver University as an undergraduate, had a brief career as a stock broker and investment banking consultant before returning to school to earn his Ph.D. at Georgetown and commence his academic career. Dr. Ferenz is married and has a son who presently has no interest in philosophy or ethics insofar as he is only nine years old.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

11:30 Social; 11:50 Luncheon
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North

Naples, FL 34103

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38 Non-Members, $25 Student
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Reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Oct. 20. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

August 2017 Lunch N Learn – Best Practices and Practical Ideas for Your Clients, Businesses and Organizations

Naples Daily News and PRSA Present a Social Media Panel:

Current Best Practices and Practical Ideas for Your Clients, Businesses and Organizations

 

In partnership with the Naples Press Club and the Association of Fundraising Professionals

NPC and AFP members may register at the PRSA member rate of $30.00

 

Date:               Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Location:        Naples Hilton

11:30 a.m.       Registration and networking

11:55 a.m.       Welcome: Pam Fultz, President, Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA

Sponsor Remarks: Bill Barker, President, Naples Daily News

Lunch

12:15 p.m.       Introduction of Emcee: Rachel Pierce, NBC-2

Introduction of Panelists (see below)

Q&A

1:10 p.m.         Adjourn

Cost:
$30 PRSA Members
$38 Non-Members
$25 Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, August 18, 2017. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given. Thank you.

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Social Media Experts/Panelists

Name Organization Area of Focus
  Catherine Bergerson

 

Director of Communication and Marketing

Conservancy of SW Florida

Nonprofit best practices
  Jigsha Desai Digital Director

Naples Daily News

Media tools
  Georgia Beasley Director of TopicPulse Strategic Initiatives

Futuri Media

Media tools
  Matt Bernaldo Director of Digital

NBC-2

24/7 online news/story posting and monitoring
  John Miller Attorney at Law

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

Legal aspects