Join Us for our April Lunch N Learn

Special Guest – Phil Lewis

Topic – The Light House Project and what it means to our community

Tuesday April 24, 2012

11:30 am Welcome, Noon Lunch


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“Our History, Our Time.” It kicks off an initiative we call the Lighthouse Project.
Phil Lewis
Phil Lewis - Executive Editor and Vice-President of Naples Daily News

The purpose of the Sunday, April 1, edition was to review the region’s rich history, before Collier County’s creation in 1923 and after. It was a team effort as acknowledged on page 112, which features a list of those who helped us compile the supplement.

We believe “Our History, Our Time” will provide useful background information to citizens interested in helping plan the region’s future. That is one keystone of our Lighthouse Project, which is built around our daily motto: “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

We believe we, as a community, need to have knowledge and an appreciation of the past before we can assess where we are today and where we could go in the future.

On April 22, we will publish a second special section, looking at who we are. That will be followed April 29, by a third special section examining where we might be headed.

These three special sections are the first step of our project to be followed by an audit of the community to determine what issues and concerns are foremost in the minds of residents.

As a newspaper we will use this information to better focus our reporting, during this election year and the remainder of the decade as Collier County moves closer to its 100th birthday.

The Purpose:

Give light and the people will find their own way.”

That motto and the accompanying E.W. Scripps lighthouse grace each edition of the Naples Daily News.

In 2012, we intend to turn up the beams coming from that lighthouse, so we can serve our readership in more relevant and significant ways.

With sound journalism, we will prime the pump for a community conversation. Then, we will listen as citizens share their hopes, needs and concerns. Next, we will tailor our future news reporting to the issues that are most important to our readers.

We are calling this initiative the Lighthouse Project, with a subtitle that reads: “Southwest Florida’s past, its present and your vision of the future.” The emphasis will be on “your.”

It will be a regional visioning exercise like none before, with a commitment on our part to monitor progress in a way that only an engaged daily newspaper can.

This project involves everyone at the Naples Daily News from the press room to the advertising department to those who make sure the newspaper is delivered each day.

“We at the Naples Daily News have made a commitment to provide the community improved service and professionalism,” says Publisher and President Dave Neill. “The Lighthouse Project exemplifies this, and going forward, this is our guiding principle. Consequently, we are poised to take a leadership role in producing quality and relevant information, while providing a productive platform for the community to discuss and assemble a blueprint for the future. Our residents and local businesses deserve this.”

On the first Sunday in April, the Daily News will publish a special section on the history of our area, from the early settlers to the present day. This unprecedented look at our past is the first step in fostering a community conversation. We cannot truly know who we are as a community until we understand the past.

On Sunday, April 22, we will publish a second special section. While the first section is a detailed look at yesterday, this section will be about today — who we are as a community.

The third special section will be published Sunday, April 29. It will focus on the future by detailing where recent visioning exercises, some commissioned by local government, say we should be heading.

Those special sections, which are being given top priority in our newsroom, will lead to citizen discussions in May and early June. By closely listening, we will better understand what issues our journalists should be monitoring in hopes of giving the readers the insight and knowledge needed to hold our elected leaders accountable.

The Lighthouse Project won’t end in 2012. It will continue in spirit and practice into 2013 when Collier County and the Naples Daily News celebrate their 90th birthdays. In our vision, we see the Lighthouse Project enduring until our 100th birthday and beyond.

April Lunch N Learn Schedule:

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.  Networking

11:55 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Lunch

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Phil Lewis – Light House Project


$24  PRSA Members  $30  Non-Members  $27  Non-Profits  $15  Students    *No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only cash and checks accepted at the door  NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, you must register online by Friday, April 20th.

Phil Lewis Bio

Phil Lewis was named editor and vice president of the Naples Daily News on Aug. 25, 1997. Prior to his appointment, he served 6½ years as managing editor of the Daily News.

Executive Editor Phil Lewis Speaker for Gulf Coast PRSA
Phil Lewis

Lewis joined the newspaper in 1978 as a reporter and served as city editor from 1981 to 1989. Before joining the Daily News in Florida, he was sports editor and later city editor of the Washington C.H. (Ohio) Record-Herald.

Lewis was born in Missouri and went to high school in Springfield, Mo. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He and his wife Cindy, who is an associate dean of student services for Edison State College, have one son, Patrick.

Lewis is a member of the Florida Society of News Editors, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He currently is a member of the Naples Press Club.

The Lighthouse Project – PRSA Lunch N Learn