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New Members, New Events and New Progress

Happy New Year!

On his first full day as President, Donald Trump noted that he was in a “running war” with the “dishonest media.”
That evening, in his first press briefing as White House press secretary, Sean Spicer scolded reporters over accurate reports that Trump’s inauguration crowd was significantly smaller than former President Obama’s 2009 crowd. 
Days later, Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon told The New York Times that the media ought to “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” Bannon, the former head of a website that promotes white nationalism, also declared the media the “opposition party.”
Less than two weeks after Trump’s inauguration, it is clear this White House will be one of the most anti-media administrations in recent memory. The president prides himself on his hostility toward journalists and his base generally appears to eat it up. At times, the animosity is downright frightening.
So what can we do to push back against a man who suggested during the campaign that he may “open up our libel laws” to make it easier to sue journalists for hefty sums?
It may sound cliche by now, but you must consider subscribing to your local newspaper, which for most of you isThe Dallas Morning News, a fine publication at which I spent eight years working as a reporter. For those in Fort Worth, consider the Star-Telegram. And in Denton, there’s the Record-Chronicle
Please also consider giving to:
  • KERA TV or Radio, our local NPR-affiliate that has noticeably beefed up its local news coverage in recent years. 
  • The Texas Tribune, a member-supported largely digital news operation based in Austin that quickly became a “must-read” for political news junkies and influencers all over the state after its 2009 launch. 
  • ProPublica, a New York-based investigative journalism operation that prides itself on producing stories with “moral force.”
  • And, finally, continue to support your local Press Club of Dallas, serving North Texas. We’re working to support you and celebrate the great work you continue to do under increasingly difficult conditions. 

Scott Goldstein
President, 2016-17

Aynesworth Awards Contest Preparations Enter Final Stage

The Press Club of Dallas is preparing to offer its first journalism awards competition in almost a decade.


Named after one its most dedicated and active members -- veteran award-winning writer and reporter Hugh Aynesworth – the Aynesworth Awards for Excellence in Journalism will be open to all journalists and their organizations throughout Texas, according to club president Scott Goldstein.


Because this is our first year for the ‘Hughie’ – which is what we’ve nicknamed the award -- we’re limiting it this time to only one category, investigative reporting,” Goldstein said. “In the future, we’ll be adding more categories, such as feature reporting, spot news coverage and sports reporting, but we wanted to make sure we could handle all the logistics necessary to ensure that our contest maintains the highest standards in journalism credibility,” he added.


A date for the awards dinner hasn’t been set, Goldstein said, but it will probably be sometime in the autumn of 2017. “We’re being very deliberate in our preparations, because we want to have as good a representation of entries as we can from throughout the state,” he said.


The Press Club awards committee members are: Barry Hoffman, Chair; Hugh Aynesworth; Scott Goldstein; Frank Librio, Ed Bark, Angela Madison; Sam Armstrong-Lopez.

Join us for 2017!
 171 MEMBERS: 

7 Corporate

13 Emeritus/Living Legends
66 Media/News
56 PR
10 Retired
19 Students

Thank you for your continued commitment and support!
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Events Calendar

Congratulate New President-Elect, Lauren Reed Finegan


A native of Dallas, Lauren has pursued successful artistic careers in Professional Ballet and Certified Romana’s Pilates Instruction around the world. After settling back to her Texas roots in 2012 with a renewed focus on Digital and Social Media Content, Lauren has been an early adopter of all things social.
Her communications, marketing, and management skills combined with her passion for people and networking, have led her to successful clients and opportunities; including corporate experience as the Marketing Manager for Macrospect and agency experience as the Account/Project Manager for White Pants Agency.
In 2016, Lauren founded REED & CO. a boutique agency focused on providing custom events and digital marketing services for businesses and brands. To support these efforts, Lauren is also immersed in the Dallas start-up and entrepreneurial community where she cultivates collaboration and networking opportunities with local brands and influencers.

Milwaukee Press Club Seeking Judges


The Milwaukee Press Club is working on its 2016 MPC Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism contest. They are now seeking judges for the professional and collegiate categories and respectfully request our members in assisting us in that regard. Our competition involves professional and collegiate journalists in Writing, Newspaper Design, Magazine Design, Radio, TV, Online Media and Photojournalism categories.


Please reply to this email if you can help or know of some colleague in the media or academia who can help.  Also, please indicate which category you would prefer to judge and how many categories you can judge. Questions can be directed to Joette Richards at (262) 894-2224 or email her at

Feb. 25: Digital Storytelling Workshop

The Online News Association of Dallas/Fort Worth invites PCD members to a free, day-long workshop highlighting the people, topics and tools that are driving journalism innovation in the DFW region. Saturday, February 25 at Owens Art Center, SMU, 6101 Bishop Blvd., come meet other local storytellers and innovators and build your network and reporting toolkit. We'll cover audience engagement, VR/360, social newsgathering, local news startups, and more. To attend this free event RSVP at Expect to walk away with plenty of new connections doing great digital work in Texas.


Francisco Chairez, Press Club Member
Francisco Chairez is a Public Relations and International Business professional with bi-lingual proficiency in English and Spanish. He currently manages all publicity and media relations strategies for Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc.
M.B.A. graduate from the Richard DeVos School of Business, he served as President of the Student Government Association at Northwood University and was the founder of the Knights Sustainability Association, an organization focused on sustainable business practices.

Francisco’s community involvement includes serving on the board of the Southeast Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Public Relations Society of America, and the World Affairs Council of DFW.


Bob St. John

Bob St. John built a devoted following during his 37 years as a Dallas Morning News sports writer and columnist. He also wrote numerous books that chronicled the lives of Texas sports icons, including Bobby Layne, Roger Staubach, Tex Schramm and Tom Landry.

 He also compiled books from his columns written for The News' sports' and metropolitan sections."

He was very creative," said Sam Blair, who worked with St. John for about 25 years on The News' sports desk. "Nobody confused him with anybody else. He wanted to be different, and he was. He had a great rapport with a lot of people, in and out of sports."

PCD has established events throughout the year to excite, educate, and energize the media and PR communities of North Texas.

If you’re a member and would like to volunteer to serve on a Press Club committee, contact Michael Grant:

Committees include: Development, Events, Finance, Governance, Marketing/PR and Membership.

The Press Club of Dallas is a dynamic organization of journalists, and professional communicators, in North Texas  committed to promoting the discipline of journalism, communication, literacy, current affairs and First Amendment freedoms. We value the development, and protection of journalism.
The Press Club is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your tax-deductible support is essential to our mission, daily operations and our ability to continue the work of journalism and communication.
For more information on how to donate to the Club, please contact
president Scott Goldstein at 
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