Impact Awards to be presented at banquet on May 9

April 9, 2015

The Rochester Media Association’s annual awards banquet takes place Saturday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on East Main Street.

The banquet spotlights the contributions made by Rochester media members in print, digital, television and radio. The evening will begin with cocktails (cash bar) at 6 p.m. with dinner and awards beginning at 7:30 p.m. Janet Lomax, reporter and anchor from News10NBC, will be emcee.

The annual banquet is when the Association’s highest honors, the Impact Awards, are presented. These are selected by the membership and are awarded to individuals who have made a measurable and lasting contribution to both the media industry and the people of Greater Rochester.

This year’s Impact Award Winners recipients are:

  • Maureen McGuire, news anchor WROC-TV
  • Andre Langston, owner, WDKX Radio
  • Karen Magnuson, editor and exceutive vice president for news, Democrat & Chronicle Media Group

Also, each media organization will honor an Establish Professional Award recipient, and a Rising Star Award recipient.

Ticket Information

Tickets pricing is based on:

  • Your membership status (Email us if you’re not sure about that. Keep in mind that membership is based on annual dues, and your membership may have expired. You can renew here to become eligible for the member rate.)
  • Whether your media organization is a sponsor for the event (As sponsors sign on we will list them here on the website.)

So, select the status below that you fall within (dollar amounts are clickable links that take you to an appropriate payment button):

I’m a member:

  • $20 if your organization is a sponsor
  • $40 if your organization is NOT a sponsor

I’m not a member (You should become one…see below):

  • $30 if your organization is a sponsor
  • $60 if your organization is NOT a sponsor

OK, I want to become a member of the Rochester Media Association, or renew my membership. You can do that AND buy your banquet ticket at the same time:

  • $45 if your organization is a sponsor
  • $75 if your organization is NOT a sponsor

Notes:

  • Post was updated 6:20 p.m. Friday April 10 to fix a spelling of Andre Langston’s name.
  • Post was updated 8 p.m. Sunday April 12 to add online payment links and correct starting time from an earlier post.

 


Movie, discussion on women & media is March 12

February 28, 2015

The Rochester Media Association in partnership with The Rochester Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; Rochester Women’s Network; Women’s Council, affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance; and Dress for Success Rochester will present a screening of the critically-acclaimed independent film Miss Representation 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday March 12 at The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave.

misrep_poster_JPGWritten and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. This local event is also being held in honor of Women’s History Month and in recognition of the need for continuing conversations to inspire and engage women to take on influential roles in their community.

After the screening, attendees are invited to join a panel discussion in the theater with local media leaders including:

  • Sandy Waters, morning host 98.9 The Buzz.
  • Maureen McGuire, WROC News 8 Anchor.
  • Barbara Pierce, president, Tipping Point Communications.
  • Juanita Washington, editor-in-chief, BreakThru Magazine.

The event schedule is:

  • 6:00-6:30 p.m.: Networking and registration in The Little’s main lobby and cafe
  • 6:45 p.m.: Miss Representation film begins in Theater 5.
  • 8:15-8:50 p.m.: Local panel discussion immediately following film

Tickets must be purchased online in advance through the PRSA website. The cost is $7 for members of PRSA, Rochester Media Association, Rochester Women’s Network, and Women’s Council. Admission is $10 for all others.


Networking session, film discussion next events

January 21, 2015

The Rochester Media Association’s next two events will be a networking social in February and a film-discussion professional development event in March. Mark your calendars for both of them now, along with the third annual awards banquet in May.

Networking/membership event

Our next event is a membership drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 11 at Matthews East End Grill, 200 East Ave. It will include light appetizers and your first drink is on us!

You don’t have to be a member to stop by, but we’re convinced you’ll join before you leave!

That’s because your $25 annual membership supports our annual banquet, professional development events and social networking events. Members do not have to pay to attend professional development events and get a discount on banquet tickets. Being a member also enables you to nominate and vote on our Impact Award winners.

In addition to joining at any event, you can sign up  to be a member using PayPal.

Film discussion

In co-sponsorship with several other area media groups, RMA will present a showing of the film Miss Representation, which explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America through s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls.

The event will take place at The Little Theatre, 240 East Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday March 12. A networking session will precede a 6:45 p.m. showing of the film, followed by a panel discussion of the themes it presents. Tickets are $7 for members of RMA and other sponsoring organizations. Advance purchases can be made through the Public Relations Society of America Rochester Chapter website.

Annual Banquet

The third annual awards banquet will take place Saturday May 9 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Details will be reported here on the website as they become available.

Ballots for the Impact Awards will be sent via email in mid-February, and only current members whose dues are paid will be eligible to vote. If you are unsure of your membership status, email the association to inquire about it.


Race coverage in media needs to improve, panel says

October 24, 2014

Panelists Norma Holland, Dave McCleary, Cristina Domingues, Jim Lawrence and Chris Ford

About 60 people turned out for the Rochester Media Association’s most recent professional development event, The Color of Coverage, on Oct. 22 at St. John Fisher College.

The college, RMA, and the Rochester Association of Black Journalists jointly sponsored the event, which featured as panelists:

  • Cristina Domingues, Time Warner Cable News
  • Chris Ford, News10NBC
  • Norma Holland, 13WHAM News
  • James Lawrence, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group
  • Dave McCleary, The Minority Reporter

RMA board member Juan Vazquez of WXXI News was moderator.

The panelists took a critical look at issues of concern with regard to race and news coverage, including which stories are covered, how they are covered, mistrust of major media by people of color, and the lack of diversity within newsrooms. Much work needs to be done in all of those areas, panelists said throughout the night.

As could be expected in a room full of journalists and journalism students, the event received extensive coverage on Twitter. This archive of tweets (via @storify) comprises a fairly thorough look at the evening’s discussion.

Links from the event

Updated 1 p.m. Sunday Oct. 26 to add these links

During the event, moderator Vazquez noted two recent, high-profile illustrations of some of the issues surrounding race and news coverage, and noted that links to more information about both would be made available here on the web after. These are:

Media Insight Project survey

New Republic article by Rebecca Carrol about newsroom racism


Next event is membership social July 31

June 22, 2014

With our Third Annual Rochester Media Association Awards Banquet now behind us, we are looking forward to another year of great events. The banquet May 17 had record attendance, with more than 150 people honoring our colleagues and friends.

Our next event is a membership drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday July 31 at Matthews East End Grill, 200 East Ave. It will include light appetizers and your first drink is on us!

You don’t have to be a member to stop by, but we’re convinced you’ll join before you leave!

That’s because your $25 annual membership supports our annual banquet, professional development events and social networking events. Members do not have to pay to attend professional development events and get a discount on banquet tickets. Being a member also enables you to nominate and vote on our Impact Award winners.

In addition to joining at any event, you can sign up  to be a member using PayPal.

We also have some exciting events coming up in the fall of 2014 and winter 2015, including (tentatively):

  • The return of our popular trivia night in Sepember.
  • Professional development activities in October and January
  • Another membership social in February or March
  • Next year’s awards banquet in May.

Stay tuned for details as they become available!

 


22 honored at RMA awards banquet.

May 19, 2014

The Rochester Media Association honored 22 local media professionals for contributions to their organizations and the greater community at its third annual awards banquet on Saturday May 17.

About 150 media professionals and guests attended the event at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The emcee was Beth Adams, host of Morning Edition on WXXI Radio, one of the honorees at the 2013 event.

Impact_all_4The association’s top honors, the Impact Awards, went to Randy Gorbman, director of news and public affairs for WXXI; Jack Palvino, retired owner of the Lincoln Group of radio stations; Gary Craig, public affairs reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group; and Janet Lomax, anchor and reporter for News10NBC.

These awards are meant not just to recognize career achievement but also acknowledge a commitment to giving back time and talent for community causes. Honorees were nominated and selected by the RMA membership in a two-stage voting process.

Additionally, 18 individuals were honored for their contributions to their organizations. For these awards, media organizations self-nominate individuals worthy of recognition; each organization is allowed to set its own the criteria for the honor. Each organization designates a Young Media Professional (age 30 or younger) and an Established Media Professional for the honors.
Thus, while these are not competitively selected, they are presented in a public setting among peers from across the local industry. The RMA calls this “bringing the media community together collectively and collaboratively to honor everyone’s good work.”

Those honorees for 2014 are:

  • Patrice Walsh, anchor and reporter, Established Professional honoree 13WHAM News.
  • Toby Motyka, sports videojournalist and weekend sports anchor, Young Professional honoree 13WHAM News.
  • Joëlle VanBuren, morning host and production director; and Derrick Lucas, music director, account executive and on air host, both Established Professionals for WGMC Jazz 90.1.
  • Mike Jaeger, photographer, Established Professional honoree for WHEC News-10NBC.
  • Justin Granit, sports anchor/reporter, Young Professional honoree for WHEC News-10NBC.
  • Billy Kidd, assistant program director, music director and afternoon personality on 92.5 WBEE, Established Professional honoree for Entercom Radio.
  • Pat Duffy, radio personality for the Break Room on 96.5 WCMF, Young Professional honoree for Entercom Radio.
  • John Kucko, sports reporter and anchor, Established Professional honoree for WROC-TV News 8,
  • Wendy Halik, producer, Young Professional honoree for WROC-TV News 8.
  •  Jane Sutter, editor of community partnerships and niche content and state news, Established Professional honoree for  Democrat and Chronicle Media Group.
  • Justin Murphy, reporter, Young Professional honoree for  Democrat and Chronicle Media Group.
  • Joanne Gordon, senior editor, Established Professional honoree for WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.
  • Carlet Cleare, public affairs reporter/producer, Young Professional honoree for WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.
  • Bill Moran, host of The Morning Drive on 100.5 The Drive, Established Professional honoree for Clear Channel Radio
  • Julie DePasquale, assistant program director and music director and also co-host of 100.5 The Drive’s morning show hosted by Bill Moran, Young Professional honoree for Clear Channel Radio .
  • Mike Hedeen, reporter, Established Professional honoree for Time Warner Cable News.
  • Kelly Farraro, producer, Young Professional honoree for Time Warner Cable News.

 


Banquet takes place May 17

May 15, 2014

The Rochester Media Association’s Third Annual  Awards Dinner will be held Saturday May 17 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

As was done at the first two banquets, the Association will present its signature honors, the Impact Awards, and also honor professionals from area media organizations designated by their employers for the honor. This year’s Impact honorees are Democrat and Chronicle reporter Gary Craig; former radio personality, manager and station owner Jack Palvino; WXXI Radio director of news and public affairs Randy Gorbman; and News10NBC anchor Janet Lomax.

The dinner is sold out. Thanks to all who made reservations, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great time.


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