WMPRSA Event: Meet the Media Round 2

Calling all PR and communications pros!

WMPRSA’s Meet the Media event has always been one of our most highly attended programs. In this special 2015 Round 2 version, we will welcome the return of our popular speed pitching format.

Throughout the program, participants will meet one-on-one with members of the media during timed speed pitching sessions.

For three minutes, you will have the undivided attention of news directors, editors and reporters from local television and radio stations, daily, weekly and monthly publications and online outlets.

These three-minute meetings go fast – so be prepared, plan your story pitches and maximize your time.

Arrive early to book the coveted appointments. The appointment sign-up sheets will be available at 11 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.

Many members of the West Michigan media have been invited, and we are still working to confirm the list of attendees.

Confirmed Media Include (additional names coming in daily): 

  • Shandra Martinez, Business Reporter – MLive/Grand Rapids Press
  • Joanne Bailey-Boorsma, Arts/Entertainment – MLive/On-The-Town Magazine
  • Bill Herbst, Assignment Manager – WOOD TV-8
  • Diana Willsie, Daybreak Executive Producer – WOOD TV-8
  • Nick LaFave, Evening News Anchor – WZZM TV-13
  • Jennifer Pascua, Co-Host for My West Michigan & Noon News Anchor – WZZM TV-13
  • Steve Zaagman, Reporter & Photographer – WZZM TV-13
  • Michael Martin, Daytime Assignment Editor – WXMI FOX-17
  • Shelley Irwin, Producer/Host – WGVU Radio and WGVU TV
  • Josh Depenbrok, Owner – GRNow.com


Chapter Members $25
Nonmembers $35
Students $20

Thursday November 19, 2015

from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Eve at The BOB
20 Monroe NW, 4th Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Click here to register

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Job Posting: Portage Public Schools

Professional Support Services/Public Information Specialist

Portage Public Schools

Posted 10-23-15

Closing Date 11-9-15

Job Summary:       Responsible for development and implementation of internal and external communications and for external communications and marketing.  Provide Public Relations counsel to Superintendent and Board of Education.

Please click here for more information

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Health Reporter Sue Thoms Leaving Mlive

Longtime Grand Rapids Press and Mlive reporter Sue Thoms is leaving the company for a position at Spectrum Health. According to Mlive, managing producer Kate Nagengast will handle West Michigan health coverage until a new reporter is in place.

She can be reached at knagenga@mlive.com

All the best to Sue!

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Job Posting: Northern Michigan University

Marketing Coordinator

Northern Michigan University is seeking a motivated individual to organize its efforts to create content for the university’s web and social media channels. This will include creating and executing new media marketing campaigns, assisting with web content development for the university website, providing training in the use of the college’s content management system (Drupal) to university constituents and helping university employees in the maintenance of department sites. Individual will also collaborate on digital and traditional advertising campaigns.

Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, communications or related field required.

Experience managing social media platforms and demonstrated success in delivering new media campaigns a must. Experience working with a content management system preferred.

Posting open through 10/30/15. Apply online at employme.nmu.edu

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Job Posting: The Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Communications Specialist

Combine your marketing and communications experience and passion for the out-of-doors to make a difference in West Michigan with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. 

Working with the staff and board, the Communications Specialist plans and manages all aspects of communications and marketing initiatives to promote the Land Conservancy’s mission and programs, and to raise awareness, engage key audiences, and raise funds.  B.A. in Marketing, PR or Communications required, 2-3 years’ experience managing marketing and communications preferred.  Full-time, competitive salary and benefits.  Application Deadline: November 9.  Position description and application requirements available at http://www.naturenearby.org/aboutus/job-opportunities/

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“Hacked: a Case Study”

This article from University of Michigan’s social media team is an interesting case study of social media and PR for how U of M handled their recent hack.

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Speaker Event: Public Relations on Nonprofit Boards

A brown bag lunch and learn, led by WMPRSA member and Grand Valley State professor Timothy Penning, Ph.D., is scheduled October 28 at 11:30 am at Grand Valley State’s Johnson Center. Please click here for more information.

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