In This Issue:
Jack and Gemma's Road Show: Books and the Patriot Act
by Allan Loudell, DPA Programs VP
and Gemma Buckley, perhaps the Wilmington area's best-known book-sellers
(and political activists in their own right), will reflect on the Patriot
Act and potential challenges to readers' presumption of privacy. Join us at
the next DPA meeting, Tuesday, November 14, to meet the Buckleys, owners of
the Ninth Street Book Shop in Wilmington.
We'll meet at Kid Shelleen's at 6:30 p.m. for networking and light fare. The
Buckleys will give their personal account from the front lines at 7:30 p.m.
They will be available to answer such provocative questions as: What would
they do if confronted with a privacy situation? Have they ever been inclined
NOT to stock a book because of "complications"? Have there been any legal
challenges in Delaware regarding these issues?
The environmentally conscious Buckleys are retired schoolteachers who are
actively involved in privacy/freedom-of-expression issues. A recent report
on the national news (link below) notes the power of the independent
bookseller in a world of Goliaths. The strength of the “indies” comes from
their grassroots appeal and their particular sensitivity to the local
Please join us—and the Buckleys—on November 14 at Kid Shelleen's, 1801 West
14th Street, Wilmington. Networking, light fare, and cash bar 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. The cost (pay at the door) is $10 for members, $15 for
Directions: From Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 52) heading south into
Wilmington, turn left onto Union Street just before the railroad bridge (if
heading north out of the city, turn right onto Union immediately after the
bridge). Go approximately half a block and turn right onto Liberia Street
(if you go to the stop sign, you've gone too far). Liberia Street will take
you straight into the parking lot. If the lot is full, there will be ample
free parking on adjacent streets.
To make a reservation, send:
Your name and the names of any guests
A telephone number and/or e-mail address
For more info, contact Allan Loudell: 302-478-2700 or
"Indie bookstores fight chains, Internet"
About the Buckleys:
“Patient fans of solar power must wait years for systems to pay for
themselves” (The News Journal)
“Customers Testify SAFE(ly) at Ninth Street” (American Booksellers
Allan Loudell, news anchor-reporter-host for 1150 AM WDEL, hosts "The
Loudell Report" in the morning and "The WDEL Delaware News at Noon.” He
appears from time to time as a pundit on WHYY TV 12 and teaches broadcast
news at the University of Delaware. He is also president of the corporate
board for HOBY, Delaware (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership).
Contact Allan at
Commercial Air Travel: Navigating an
Aviation Week Editor-in-Chief to Speak at DPA Holiday
you know that the aerospace industry's newest emerging sector is homeland
security? In the struggle for balance between homeland security and ease of
airline travel, can the aviation industry survive both the cost and
inconvenience of doing that which may be required?
Tony Velocci, editor-in-chief of
Aviation Week & Space Technology, will have some answers to these and
other fascinating questions about how we will travel by air—for business or
for pleasure—in the future, when he speaks at the DPA Holiday Luncheon at
the University & Whist Club on Saturday, December 2. Mr. Velocci also will
talk about the balancing act that's required for Aviation Week to live up to
its nickname—"Av Leak"—while exercising responsibility and self-restraint.
Based in New York City, Mr. Velocci has been with the
magazine for 17 years. Prior to joining Aviation Week, a McGraw-Hill
Companies publication, he worked for a variety of other business, financial,
and defense-related publications. A 1969 graduate of Syracuse University,
Mr. Velocci has received various awards, including the distinguished
McGraw-Hill Corporate Achievement Award for Editorial Excellence and the
Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace Journalist of the Year award. He has
appeared numerous times on CNN, BBC, CNBC, BizNet TV, and other media
outlets as a commentator on issues pertaining to the aerospace and
commercial air transport industries.
During the social hour, beginning at 11:30 a.m., a number of DPA authors and
editors will be on hand to chat with members and guests and to sell their
most recent books. Among the authors and editors will be:
Goodman (young adult)
Jean Hull Herman (poetry)
Lise Monty (coffee-table photography)
Clella Murray (mystery)
Ward (military history)
Claudia Young (historical fiction)
Nancy Coale Zippe (cookbooks)
Following the program, Karen Galanaugh, DPA’s 2006
Communicator of Achievement, will present the recipient of the 2007 COA
award. The annual
Award given for outstanding professional achievement as well as for
service to DPA, NFPW, and the local community, is the highest honor DPA
bestows on its members.
The Holiday Luncheon will be held in the Dickinson Room at
the elegant University & Whist Club, 805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington. Social
hour with cash bar begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at 12:30 p.m. There is a
parking lot at the club with valet parking available, as well as free
on-street parking on adjacent streets should the lot be full. And for those
who may have trouble navigating stairs, there is a lower-level entrance with
fewer steps into the Dickinson Room. Cost: members $30, non-members $35.
This promises to be a popular event. Seating is limited, and reservations
will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
Questions? Call 302-655-2175.
- Make a Reservation –
From the President: For Busy People,
DPA Events Offer Value
by Beth Miller
busy people. Your time is valuable, and we know that. So, here are a few
signs that you should invest some of that time in Delaware Press Association
- You’re pretty sure you have not yet met all the interesting people in the world.
- You’ve realized that kindergarten didn’t teach you everything you need to know.
- You’ve noticed that your Blackberry, laptop, and cell phone aren’t all the connections you need.
- You’ve discovered that desktop dining isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
If at least one of these things is true of you, our events
have something to offer.
Allan Loudell, our vice president for programs, has some interesting
speakers lined up for November and December (see details elsewhere in
this newsletter.) If you like to read and like to travel, you’ll find
value in both events, which continue DPA’s efforts to offer members and
guests a variety of experiences and expert commentary—for your enjoyment and
your enrichment. We make these plans for different days of the week and
various times of day, hoping to find ways to accommodate the wide range of
schedules you follow.
In addition to hearing about interesting books and aviation and such things,
you’ll have the opportunity to talk with other writers, communicators, and
photographers who share your interest in telling important stories,
capturing great images, and getting a clear message across. It’s good for
your bones to connect with those who are in your field or similar fields and
those who already may have wrestled through the things you’re grappling with
now. It’s especially fine to take a breather from deadline pressures and the
other responsibilities you bear. When you take the time for a few
conversations before and after these events, you’re likely to come away with
a fresh perspective, a good idea, a new friend. You—and we—will be the
Many thanks to Allison Taylor Levine, our vice president for membership, who
put together a remarkable evening in September at the Baby Grand in
Wilmington, where DPA joined with several sponsors to mark the fifth
anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. New York Daily News
photographer David Handschuh presented a stirring collection of images from
that day. (See related article by Mark Fowser.) We had a good turnout
and proceeds will go to two groups whose volunteers routinely respond to
crises in our communities—the Delaware Volunteer Firemen’s Association and
the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula.
One reminder to those who appreciate an objective assessment of their work:
Deadlines for entries in the 2007 DPA Communications Contest arrive in
January. This is a good time to review your work from 2006 and narrow down
I’ll see you at our events this month and next!
Contact DPA President Beth Miller at
Spotlight: Jean Debelle Lamensdorf
Author of Write Home for Me
note: Here, in Jean’s own words, is the story behind the story.
What a thrilling roller-coaster ride 2006 has been for me.
My first book, Write Home for Me: A Red Cross Woman in
Vietnam was published by Random House Australia on April 3. DPA’s own
Katherine Ward, with her characteristic attention to detail, superbly edited
my manuscript into a polished work that has had generous international
reviews, including from a former Chairman of the Council, International
Institute for Strategic Studies, London, Dr. Robert J. O’Neill, himself a
Vietnam Veteran. Write Home for Me was number one on the bestseller
list in South Australia in its second week, with The Da Vinci Code
number eight on the list. That was a kick for Katherine and me to see!
Working for my hometown’s morning daily in Adelaide, South Australia, in
1966, I became concerned that for the first and only time in Australia’s
history men were being drafted. I yearned to be involved in what was to
become the biggest story of the decade—the Vietnam War. But the reporters’
room might as well have had a “Men Only” sign on the door—only male
reporters were being sent to cover the escalating conflict. Instead I
volunteered to work in Vietnam for the Red Cross to tend to the non-medical
needs of the sick and wounded, thinking that Brenda Starr, star reporter,
could send stories home in spare moments.
one year—June of 1966 to June of 1967—I worked in the stifling wards of
military hospitals (see photo at right) at base camps not far from the
fighting. Although I provided the men with toilet articles, newspapers,
cigarettes and other supplies, the greatest service was listening to their
sick or dying words and writing home for them.
I was one of only a few young Australian women living among
5,000 men. Sex was in the very air we breathed, but I was determined to be
like a sister to the men. During that long defining year, we experienced the
worst battle of the Vietnam War for the Aussies (Long Tan) and the worst
land mine disaster, not to mention unbearable heat, floods, the black plague
and critical supply shortages. But I went home enriched and ennobled by the
experience, and with a respect for the military that will go with me to my
grave. I never once filed a story. My work of caring and nurturing was too
important and too demanding.
Forty years later, when I retired from my job in international publishing in
Manhattan, I impetuously decided to write a book about my year in Vietnam.
Three times I nearly gave up. In fact one time I hired retired journalist
Pat Ryder, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to get me over a writing slump.
Today I have the highest regard for any published author, as I know now how
much research, fact-checking, and plain determined slog is involved.
August 17—the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan—along with one
hundred of Australia’s bravest war heroes, I was honored both by the Prime
Minister of Australia, John Howard, and Australia’s Governor-General,
Michael Jeffrey, at a special, unprecedented reception at Parliament House
And to my awe and delight, the Americans have honored me as
well. On October 28, I became the 2006 Awardee for Distinguished Service for
the Preservation of our Nation’s History, by the Penn’s Grant Chapter of the
National Society of Colonial Dames. Their past awardees include author James
Michener. With the DPA Spotlight now on me, my head is as big as the
Hindenburg . . . and you know what happened to the Hindenburg.
I live in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with my American husband, Jack, whom I
met in Manhattan. In 1980, the Sydney Morning Herald group of
newspapers and magazines sent me to New York City to be second-in-charge of
its North American bureau, reporting back to Australia news and trends from
this side of the world. Three years later I worked for what was then
Ziff-Davis Publishing as its Director of International Licensing, setting up
foreign language editions of its computer publications, such as PC
Magazine, around the world. That was a job I loved, seeing exotic
countries at the boss’s expense. (I was arguably the first woman in the
world to go alone into Saudi Arabia in the Eighties and can testify that
those long, flowing abaya are hot to wear in Saudi heat.)
When I was 55, Jack and I retired to Chadds Ford, where I found retirement
life can be equally as strenuous as the New York business world. I teach the
History of Australia at the University of Delaware’s Academy of Lifelong
Learning, play golf badly, do volunteer work, and travel as much as
me, it seems that having a first book published at 66 is retarded
development, but I am having a ball. And that is what Vietnam taught me.
Having seen young men, at their peak of fitness, wounded or killed at 19,
20, or 21, I have learned to Live Life. As my father always said, “Life is
not a dress rehearsal.”
Write Home for Me is available from local Borders, the Chester County Book
Company, the Ninth Street Book Shop in Wilmington, or from me at
610-388-0268 or email@example.com. Price is $19.95. As I am giving the
Red Cross twenty percent of the proceeds from the books I sell—without their
having sent me to Vietnam, there would be no story—I encourage anyone who
would like to buy a copy to contact me directly.
Contact Jean at
Enter the ‘007 Communications Contest .
. . Where Your “Diamonds Are Forever”
By Annie Nefosky and Jean Hull Herman, 2007 Communications
we are, your new contest directors—Jean pictured on the left, Annie on the
right—with the latest on the approaching 2007 Delaware Press Association
The DPA contest—open to members and non-members of Delaware Press
Association—features 78 categories, including print media, photography,
broadcasting, advertising, electronic media, and public relations. Entries
are judged by out-of-state communications professionals to ensure
The first-place winner in each category may enter the National Federation of
Press Women’s Professional Communications Contest provided that the entrant
is an NFPW member.
fees: DPA members pay $25 for the first entry and $10 for each subsequent
entry. For non-members, the rate is $30 for the first entry and $15 for each
subsequent entry. The postmark deadline for book, fiction, and verse entries
is January 9, 2007. The deadline for all other work is January 16, 2007.
Please carefully read all requirements for each entry and include all
In addition to the bragging rights a win earns, the opportunity to receive
cash prizes exists through our sweepstakes competition. Each entrant
receiving an award also earns points based on the award given (1st, 2nd,
3rd, or honorable mention) and the total number of entrants in that
category. The entrant with the most points overall receives $250. The 2nd
and 3rd place overall entrants receive $150 and $100, respectively.
Contest information, including the rules and entry form, will arrive in the
mail by mid-November. The rules, entry form, and a complete listing of
contest categories and descriptors are available now on
contest page of the DPA Web site. Please note that additions and changes
have been made to some of the contest categories, particularly in the
photography division and the books/fiction/verse division.
If you’ve put off entering year after year, take a trip down
memory lane through your work from this year and plan to submit your gems.
Once you’ve taken the time to enter (and, we hope, win), you’ll “never say
For contest questions, contact Annie Nefosky at
or 302-740-7020. Contact Jean Herman at
Meet Your 2007 Communications
by Claudia Young, DPA Contest Manager
Annie Nefosky and Jean Hull Herman, the 2007 DPA
Communications Contest co-directors, and Claudia and Dick Young, the
contest managers, will provide information and various services to help you
successfully enter your work in this year’s competition.
Direct all contest questions to:
Nefosky, Contest Co-director
READ ABOUT ANNIE
Hull Herman, Contest Co-director
READ ABOUT JEAN
Send all contest entries to:
and Dick Young
DPA Contest Managers
34 Wimbledon Drive
Dover, Delaware 19904-9442
READ ABOUT CLAUDIA
READ ABOUT DICK
During the contest year, Annie, Jean, Claudia, Dick and the contest
Prepare and mail a contest brochure
Receive and record all entries
Find judges (out-of-state communications professionals to ensure impartiality)
Sort and prepare the entries for judging in the DPA statewide contest
Sort and prepare first-place entries for judging in the NFPW national contest
Prepare a display of winning entries for the spring Awards Banquet
Prepare award certificates; present them at the banquet
Determine sweepstakes winners and present cash prizes at the banquet
Answer questions throughout
And remember, you always can go to the
for general contest information, for rules and category descriptors, and for
the entry form.
Annie Nefosky is a reporter and morning
co-anchor at 1450 WILM NewsRadio. She also has served as the station’s
legislative correspondent. When Annie started her career at WILM as an
intern four years ago, she was still in school at the University of
Delaware, where she earned a degree in English, concentration in journalism.
While at UD, she wrote for the school newspaper, The Review. Annie
has been recognized for her work by Delaware Press Association, the Society
of Professional Journalists, and the National Federation of Press Women. She
also has received an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News
Directors Association. Contact Annie at 302-740-7020 or
Jean Hull Herman is the author of
Starving for the Marvelous (Word Wrangler Publishing Co, 2003) and the
witty, satirical Jerry Springer as Bulfinch (Word Wrangler Publishing
Co, 2005), both of which have received national awards from NFPW and the
National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). Editor of MÖBIUS, the
Poetry Magazine, for 17 years, Jean also has taught reading and
composition at Delaware Technical and Community College. She now tutors for
Educational Services, Wilmington. She continues to give poetry readings and
speaks about poetry for the Delaware Humanities Forum. Jean was appointed
communications chair on the national board of NLAPW and is editor of their
member magazine, The Pen Woman. Contact Jean at 302-529-1928 or
Claudia Young is a retired
elementary school teacher. With her cousin, she owns and operates Bay Oak
Publishers, which actively publishes titles in different genres, including
historical fiction, poetry and novel. They have published seven novellas
that are used for social studies instruction in many Delaware schools.
Claudia is a trustee of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and works with their
education program. An avid golfer, she enjoys traveling and spending time
with her grandchildren. Contact Claudia at
Dick Young is a retired USAF
navigator and systems analyst. With his wife, Claudia, he manages the
finances of Bay Oak Publishers. He is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling
with a regional senior golf group. Dick says: “Contact Claudia.”
Contact Claudia at
Personality Profile or Feature
D. W. Hirsch, former DPA Communications Contest Co-Director
As the DPA Communications Contest approaches, so does the dilemma that
plagues members annually: What’s the difference between a “feature story”
and a “personality profile?”
“The problem is that there is no difference,” says Bill Chanin, Executive
Editor of Community Publications, Inc., of Hockessin. “A personality profile
is a feature story.”
That statement is true, and therein lies the frustration.
A “feature” tells a story about any topic. Word count varies, but 800–1,200
words is an accepted range. A feature article is broad enough to appeal to a
wide audience but is specific enough to present details about one event or
item. Any feature “must be entertaining or compelling, informative and
engaging,” says Carol Kipp, freelance writer and former associate editor of
Out & About Magazine. A feature can be written about a specific
sport, a health issue, an event, or food. When a feature story focuses on
one person, it is a personality profile.
Freelance writer Pam George states that the most important aspect of a
personality profile is “capturing the individual’s personality and giving
the reader some insight that he or she did not previously have as to the
person’s motivation and character.” Personal history is an important element
within a personality profile.
Given that one person can be the main source for a feature article, where is
the line drawn between person and event? When you’re unsure, consider the
subject of your article. If the article focuses on an event or an
organization that a person works for, it’s a feature. If the story is about
a person who just happens to work for a particular organization, then it’s a
personality profile. Telling the story in a personality profile reveals one
person’s beliefs, struggles, and personal triumphs rather than the
development of events, regardless of the importance of those events.
Quotations in a personality profile are often about the individual and not
his or her activities.
Ultimately, the feature story vs. personality profile call in a
communications contest rests with the judge. If you are in doubt about the
category in which to place your work, whether in these categories or any
others, don’t risk disqualification. Discuss your entry with the
DPA contest directors. They will do their
best to ensure that your entry is submitted in the correct category.
Freelance writer Diana Hirsch, DPA contest co-director for the past two
years, moved to Michigan in May, when her husband took a new job with BASF
Corporation. She is located half way between Detroit and Ann Arbor and has
found it to be convenient for lining up freelance projects.
Contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jewish Pope: A Story too Intriguing to
Ruth Fisher Goodman
Legends and fiction have grown up around the bizarre Papal reign of the
twelfth century that caused a schism in the Catholic Church when two
powerful Romans were consecrated as pope on the same day in 1130. Some
backed Pope Innocent II in France and others backed the antipope, Anacletus
II (of Jewish descent), who remained in Rome. The story was much too
intriguing to dismiss, and, in 1947, Yudel Mark wrote The Jewish Pope,
a blend of historical facts and fiction, suitable for the Young Adult
I recently translated Mark’s book—originally written in Yiddish—into
English, and it is now available to the public. A blurb written for my
edition by Adam Dobrick, M.Ed., History Instructor and Director of College
Preparatory Studies, states: “Goodman’s translation brings European history
vividly to life for her young readers from the intricate architectural
details to fascinating descriptions of the intense political rivalries. Its
real magic, though, lies within the story: its characters seem to truly live
and breathe, allowing readers to meaningfully relate with the people from
times long past.” The publisher is Fithian Press, P.O. Box 2790,
McKinleyville, CA 95519. Autographed copies are available from the author at
$14.95 plus $2.50 s/h (50 cents for each additional): Ruth F. Goodman, 2806
Bodine Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810.
Yudel Mark, born in 1897, was a foremost Yiddish lexicographer of the
twentieth century and editor-in-chief of The Great Dictionary of the
Yiddish Language. Born in Palangna, Lithuania, and educated at the Vilna
Gymnasium (Academy) and the University of Petrograd, he authored many
textbooks, essays, and short stories and translated the works of major
European writers into Yiddish. He was the editor of The Folksblatt, a
daily Yiddish newspaper in Kovna, and one of the founders of YIVO, the
Yiddish Scientific Institute. Mark immigrated to the United States in 1936,
where he became the founding editor of Der Yiddisher Shprach. In
1970, he relocated to Israel where he received Israel’s top literary award,
the Manger Award, in 1973. He died in 1975.
Longtime DPA member Ruth Fisher Goodman, a professional translator of
Yiddish books, documents, and letters, was educated at the Workmen’s Circle
Yiddish School in New York City, where Yudel Mark was her Jewish History and
Yiddish Literature teacher. A retired reading specialist from the Brandywine
School District, she is teaching Yiddish at the University of Delaware’s
Academy of Lifelong Learning. She is the author of the award-winning
juvenile fiction book, Pen Pals, published by Fithian Press in 1996.
Her award-winning book, Easy Steps to the Hebrew Alphabet (Teach
Yourself Hebrew), was published in 2000. She serves on the Retired Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP) Advisory Council, is a docent at the National
Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and is the founder of a
tutor-mentor program in Delaware.
Contact Ruth at RuthFG@aol.com.
A Snapshot of “September 11:
Photographs & Memories”
DPA Special Event Honored Heroes and Victims of 9/11
by Mark Fowser
Handschuh was on his way to teach a photojournalism class at NYU the morning
of September 11, 2001. He was not due to show up for his assignments as a
photographer for The New York Daily News until 5 p.m. that day. Instead, he
made his way to Lower Manhattan, where two jetliners hijacked by terrorists
had crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers.
The course of history and thousands of lives were changed that
morning—including David Handschuh’s.
Mr. Handschuh was the featured speaker September 5 at a Delaware Press
Association presentation, “September 11: Photographs & Memories.” Many of
the photographs he and others took that day were shown for an audience at
the Baby Grand Theatre in downtown Wilmington. The audience contributed
several hundred dollars for two designated beneficiaries, the Delaware
Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the American Red Cross of the Delmarva
One photograph with which Mr. Handschuh is identified shows the towers
outlined by a bright blue sky, but obliterated by black smoke, shooting
orange flames, and debris raining down. He says as he tried to keep personal
safety in mind, he also tried to stay “focused on the need to document
The collapse of the second tower left Mr. Handschuh trapped under piles of
debris, and he was seriously hurt. He recounted for the audience the time he
spent in the hospital in a cast, the long road to recovery, and the concern
and caring of his family, friends, and colleagues.
Mr. Handschuh remains a photographer with
The New York Daily News, but now
is involved in photographing foods and taking portraits.
Wilmington Fire Chief Jim Ford was one of several city firefighters who
attended the presentation at the Baby Grand. Ford says the program reminded
us all of the “extraordinary effort put in by the New York Fire Department,
the Port Authority, NYPD, and Emergency Medical Services to save lives,” and
when the towers collapsed, “343 firefighters were effectively murdered.
That’s twice the number in the entire Wilmington Fire Department. Even
today, the thought of it is emotional,” Ford said.
Joel Glazier, community reporter for The Jewish Voice of Delaware, says he
was most struck by Mr. Handschuh’s “honest memories of surviving the
collapse of the towers. He took us through his last memories of
consciousness before being rescued by firefighters. He spoke from the heart,
did not hide his emotions, and had no political agenda or personal gain by
sharing his memories.”
“I tend to respect those journalists, be they print or photo, who can
actually show some emotion after an event,” said Glazier.
In addition to making comments, Mr. Handschuh presented a montage of
photographs he and others took on September 11, 2001, set to a soundtrack.
Kennett Square resident Karan Guyon, Vice-President of Synchrogenix
Information Strategies of Wilmington, one of the sponsors of the event,
said, “I’d heard the words before from other survivors who have spoken on TV
or written in the press. I’ve seen the images in the press and on TV. It was
the combination of words and imagery of this personal experience that moved
me beyond compassion to tears many times throughout the presentation.”
“We have all called the firefighters and police officers who responded on
9/11 ‘heroes,’” Guyon continued. “This event defined what the word ‘hero’
really means. I am moved when I think about their selfless, compassionate
acts on 9/11, which they accept as part of the job.”
Mr. Handschuh’s visit to Delaware included interviews with The News Journal, WILM NewsRadio, WDEL Radio, and WHYY TV 12’s “Delaware Tonight.”
Additionally, NBC 10 of Philadelphia reported on the event.
In addition to Delaware Press Association, sponsors included the Delaware
Humanities Forum; the International Association of Business Communicators,
Delaware; Out & About Magazine; Public Relations Society of America,
Delaware chapter; Society of Professional Journalists, Philadelphia chapter;
the Stephenson Group, Morgan Stanley; and Synchrogenix Information
Mark Fowser, DPA Treasurer, is the Program Director for 1450 WILM NewsRadio.
He also is 2006–2007 President of the Chesapeake Associated Press
Broadcasters Association Board of Directors.
Contact Mark at 302-656-9800 or
NFPW Communications Conference:
Rendezvous in the Rockies
by Karen Galanaugh, APR, and Susan Dods
Set against the Front Range of the magnificent Rocky Mountains, the 2006
NFPW Professional Communications Conference, “Rendezvous in the Rockies,”
held September 7 – 9 in Denver, delivered fascinating workshops and
Katherine Ward, Susan Dods, my sister Joyce Berger, and I
arrived a few days early for the pre-conference tours. These full-day guided
bus trips to interesting destinations outside of Denver were a great way to
learn about the history, archeology, and people of the region, and a
wonderful way to make or renew friendships with other NFPW members through a
Imagine yourself on the tours: Three days of sparkling late-summer weather
just before the aspens turn yellow—travel along the Peak to Peak Highway in
the Rockies above Denver. Stare in awe at the eroded red sandstone
formations called Garden of the Gods, a sacred place for Native Americans
near Colorado Springs. Stop for a mug of hot coffee on the log deck of the
Wild Basin Lodge, and watch the crystalline St. Vrain River snake down a
canyon toward Boulder. Late in the day, partake of an excellent mountain
dinner at the adobe brick reconstruction of Bent’s Fort where former
president Bill Clinton entertained a G-8 Summit. End the day there with the
bellowing toast of a mountain man or woman, “May yer trails be free of
grizzlies and yer packs free of plews . . . WAUGH!”
That rollicking toast spun us off to the workshops that
began the next morning—led by topnotch speakers and workshop leaders pulled
from local media such as The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News,
the Rocky Mountain bureau of The Washington Post and the NPR
affiliates broadcasting in Denver. Youthful and innovative Denver Mayor John
Hickenlooper—named one of the top five “big city” mayors by TIME Magazine
just two years after taking office in 2003—paid tribute to us as
practitioners of the written and spoken word by greeting us with a quotation
from Paul Horgan, his favorite English professor at Wesleyan University:
“Everything has been said, but it hasn’t been said superbly. It needs to be
said freshly, over and over again.”
Karen: The host affiliate, Colorado Press Women,
expertly engineered the conference curriculum to three predominant learning
tracks: Journalism, Public Relations, and Authors/Editors. All of the DPA
members, including Ann Marie van den Hurk, who arrived on day two of the
conference, mixed tracks and followed personal and professional interests.
We all admitted to a degree of frustration because there were so many
alluring workshops offered during every session that we often wished to be
in two places at once!
Read a round-up of the conference sessions and view photo gallery here.
course, the most memorable highlight for me was participating as Delaware’s
Communicator of Achievement at the National COA Banquet. Hewlett-Packard
could take a lesson from the NFPW board, because no one had a clue as to who
had been selected for the honor of National Communicator of Achievement
until the announcement was made with all of nominees on stage. It was a
great honor to represent DPA and be in the company of the other
distinguished COAs. I confess to instigating a little devilishness with the
other nominees backstage just before we were introduced. As a result, we all
employed the “queen’s wave”—hand raised and moved deliberately side to
side—as we walked on stage. After all, it was a little like being “Queen for
a Day!” Betty Packard of San Francisco was named the NFPW 2006 Communicator
At the contest awards banquet, Ann Marie van den Hurk, Vice
President, Marketing and Property (formerly Director of Communications), for
the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, received a first place award
for her public education campaign to expose and prevent online child
predators. And I won several awards for PR and marketing communications
Susan and Karen: Wish you had been there in Denver. The next
NFPW Communications Conference, “Still Making History,” will be hosted by
the Virginia Press Women in Richmond, September 20–22, 2007. Exciting
pre-conference tours of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg are planned
for September 17–19. Go to your 2007 calendar now and earmark September
17–22 for NFPW’s next national conference, tours, and 70th anniversary
celebration in Richmond.
about 2006 Conference in Denver and get info on 2007 Conference in Richmond,
Virginia, and 2008 Conference in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Karen Galanaugh, APR, is a 25-year veteran practitioner
of public relations and owner of Galanaugh & Company Public Relations and
Marketing Communications, based in Wilmington. Named the 2006 DPA
Communicator of Achievement, she is the first public relations professional
to have received DPA’s highest honor.
Contact Karen at
Susan Dods, a past president of DPA, is in the Paralegal
Studies program, Legal Education Institute, of Widener University.
Contact Susan at
WordPlay . . . for Wordsmiths
by Bob Yearick
our second foray into the wonderful world of words, let’s consider a couple
of linguistic lapses.
First up: the “everything-from-to” sentence. I’m sure you know what I mean,
but here’s an example: “The speaker covered everything from politics to
Most of us have written such a sentence. (Oh, c’mon, admit it—back in that
Journalism 101 class, remember?) But really, what does it mean? What exactly
is “everything from politics to macramé”? Even the expression “everything
from a to z”—although everyone knows the alphabet—is essentially
The everything-from-to sentence is the result of lazy or sloppy writing.
Better to simply provide some examples, like this: “The speaker covered a
variety of subjects, including politics, the business climate, the current
cinema, religion, and macramé.”
Another blind spot for many writers and, more often, broadcasters, is the
dangling modifier. The problem occurs when a modifying phrase or clause
fails to clearly and sensibly qualify the word or concept that is the
subject of the main clause. I recently edited a piece from an Out & About
intern that included this textbook example: “Reading in the library, the
siren of a passing ambulance distracted me.” Taken literally, this sentence
means the siren was reading in the library. The fix: “Reading in the
library, I was distracted by the siren of a passing ambulance.”
Being a big fan of Hollywood (hey, we all have our faults), I often hear
such deviations from good English. Several years ago, I noted this one by
the orange-haired Pat O’Brien, host of “The Insider”: “Twenty-four hours
after being crowned TV's darling, we were on the ‘Felicity’ set with Kerri
Russell.” Admittedly, this was in Pat’s pre-rehab days, so maybe he was
calling himself TV’s darling.
But my favorite is this from the (apparently unedited) autobiography of a
man who described his peripatetic family’s move to a new house during his
youth: “Having moved to Brooklyn, World War II broke out.”
In closing, let me remind you to send your suggestions, pet peeves, or
questions for WordPlay to
And remember: Always write right—and tight.
Contact WordPlay columnist Bob Yearick at
DPA Media Mavens & Mavericks
The DPA Media Mavens column contains information about the
personal and professional achievements of our members. Please send any
information about your honors, achievements and awards to
email@example.com by the
15th of any month for publication in the next issue.
Names of new DPA members featured in this column are starred. Be sure to
read about the interesting things they’re doing.
DPA members featured in this issue:
Kay Wood Bailey
Joel Glazier / Mark Fowser
Lynn Troy Maniscalco
Sally Rinard / Marion Rechsteiner
Ann Rydgren / Barbara Roewe
Brian Strauss* / Diane Strauss*
Nancy Coale Zippe
• Kay Wood Bailey was one of four Delaware Air Force Association (AFA)
delegates at the three-day 2006 AFA National Convention in Washington, D.C.,
in September. She stayed on for four more days to attend the annual Air &
Space Conference and Technology Exposition. Kay says, “There were more than
100 exhibits to visit, displaying models of the latest aircraft and
technological breakthroughs. Highlights for me were the private tour of the
new Air Force Memorial overlooking the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and
lectures and workshops on cyberspace wars, space pioneers, and the future of
air and space power.” President and CEO of A.B.C. Consulting Services, Inc.,
of Smyrna, Bailey belongs to the AFA Galaxy Chapter, Dover, and is the AFA
statewide membership VP.
Contact Kay at
• Producer/Director Gordon DelGiorno* reports that his company, Film
Brothers Productions, of Wilmington, is in post-production of their latest
movie, Jack of Clubs. The movie is described as a “delightful, heartwarming
comedy based on the power of the Boys & Girls Clubs” and was filmed at Boys
& Girls Club locations in Delaware. Five major premieres are planned for
April 2007, starting with the World Premiere at Theatre N at Nemours. For a
sneak preview, see
Jack of Clubs movie.
Contact Gordon at
• On Friday, October 13, while vacationing in Hawaii, Joel Glazier
provided WILM Program Director Mark Fowser with some information for
Mark's NewsBreak article about David Handschuh (read “A
Snapshot of ‘September 11: Photographs & Memories’”). Two days later
Hawaii was rocked by the first major earthquake there in more than twenty
years as well as by a series of aftershocks—no fatalities and no tsunami
alerts, though. Joel was awakened by the shaking of his hotel room. News
reports about the quake on WILM/WDOV included audio clips of Joel describing
his experiences in the magnitude 6.6 temblor. The audio clips, courtesy of
WILM NewsRadio, can be heard by clicking on each of these links:
Clip 3. Joel quips, "The
eggs at the breakfast buffet that morning were more scrambled than usual!"
Contact Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Mark at email@example.com.
• New DPA member Christy Gleason* is the Communications Director for
New Castle County, working out of the office of County Executive Chris
Coons. She recently participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in
Philadelphia that raised more than $6.6 million for the Susan G. Koman
Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthrophic Trust's Breast
Contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• At the Photographic Society of America (PSA) conference held in Baltimore,
Maryland, September 3–9, Lynn Troy Maniscalco presented a program
titled "Finding Photojournalism," for which she was awarded a commendation
by the Photojournalism Division of PSA. Lynn was also the recipient of PSA's
most prestigious service award, the Victor Scales Memorial Award. Initiated
in 1962 in memory of a member who provided unstinting service to the society
through the many positions he held, the award is presented annually to a PSA
member in recognition of valuable contributions over an extended period of
Contact Lynn at email@example.com.
• Sally Rinard, the "At the Cinema" columnist for Out & About
Magazine, recently returned from the Toronto International Film
Festival. It was her third visit to the Festival since she has been
reviewing. She had one “star sighting” at the event. Who was that celebrity?
For the answer, read her article about the film festival in the
October issue of Out & About. Sally adds that while in Toronto for the
festival she read of a special 60th birthday party being thrown for Bill
Clinton and that 1,000 iced cupcakes were ordered from a local caterer for
the event. “He's always wanted to be a movie star,” she observes. Sally went
to Toronto confident that her cat, Sabrina, was in good hands with DPA
member Marion Rechsteiner and husband Conrad. Marion reports,
“Sabrina was a good guest, ate, slept, and looked out many windows.”
Contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Marion at email@example.com.
• For seven years Ann Rydgren has been monitoring wildlife at the
Grass Dale Center, a site at the eastern end of the C&D Canal scheduled for
a major overhaul by the Corps of Engineers. "This may be our last year
there," she says. “It seems this Corps project either has a very low
priority or has been canceled.” Ann is also on the Advisory Committee for
Delaware City Ecotourism and is working with Delaware Audubon's partner, the
Delmarva Ornithological Society, on a Delaware Birding Trails publication.
In other eco-related news, Ann reports, “We now have a conductor's score for
The Piping Plover Suite, a musical composition with an environmental
message embedded in it.” She and Barbara Roewe are “shopping it
around to various local symphony orchestras.” Read more about The Piping
Plover Suite, composed by Barbara’s son, Scott Roewe, on the
Delaware Audubon Web site.
Meanwhile, have hammer, will travel: This summer Ann learned the finer
points of constructing built-in bookshelves at her son’s 150-year-old log
house, which sits within the boundaries of Adirondack Park in Upstate New
York. Finer Point #1: Watch your thumbs. Finer Point #2: Always keep track
of which end is up. Finer Point #3: Laugh.
Contact Ann at Rydgren@aol.com.
Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Having recently launched Living.Well Magazine™, new DPA members
Brian* and Diane Strauss* have become the Jack-and-Jill-of
all-trades—publishing, editing, layout, advertising, distribution and more.
Brian says the purpose of creating the magazine is to empower and educate
readers with a renewed perspective and to promote “a socially responsible,
environmentally friendly lifestyle with articles and editorials on a wide
range of topics: HEALTH + HOME + FOOD + WEALTH + STYLE = LIVING.WELL
MAGAZINE. It’s designed to inspire a positive lifestyle for ourselves, our
environment, the community and the world in which we live."
Contact Brian at
Contact Diane at 302-355-0929.
• Nancy Coale Zippe, food columnist with The News Journal for
31 years, has just published Baked Goods & Sweet Treats, the third in
her "House Specials" cookbook trilogy, which also includes Main Dishes
and Soups, Salads, Et Cetera. All of the books feature local cooks and
their most prized recipes. In October, Nancy supported efforts for breast
cancer awareness by holding book signings at seven Curves locations and
donating twenty percent of sales to the cause. The books are $20 each and
are available at about 40 gift shops in the readership area (not the major
book stores). Call Nancy at 302-995-6510 or e-mail her at
email@example.com to inquire about mail
orders or personalized copies.
Contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DPA Welcomes New Members
DPA extends a warm welcome to our newest members:
Gordon DelGiorno – Producer / Director, Film Brothers
Christy Gleason – Communications Director, New Castle County
Brian Strauss – Publisher / Advertising / Distribution,
Diane Strauss – Publisher / Editor,
Read about all of these new members in the DPA Media
Mavens & Mavericks column.
Cyber Safety 101
Ann Marie van den Hurk, APR
Do you know what this means: A/S/L? How about BWTHDIK? Yes,
it is a code, but not the Da Vinci Code. It is IM/chat-room lingo that kids
are using today to communicate online.
Computer technology is ingrained in the social and academic lives of
children of the "Cyber Generation." However, the dangers of the Internet
aren't. Your child is at home in front of the computer . . . no danger
there, right? But do you know what sites your child is visiting on the
Internet and with whom they are speaking? What you don’t know can cause
In recent studies, girls* told us that:
Thirty percent of girls who have gone into public chat
rooms have been sexually harassed online, but only 7 percent say they
told their mothers or fathers about the incident immediately.
Almost one-quarter of teens have fewer than three adults
they can go to if they are in trouble or need help.
Twenty-six percent of girls ages 8–17 are concerned
about being kidnapped.
Twenty-four percent of girls ages 8–17 are afraid of
being forced to do something sexual.
* While Girl Scouts focuses on the issues of girls, the
statistics are similar for boys and the tips presented aren’t gender
Computer-savvy teenage girls report going online anywhere from twice a week
to several times a day. Although it hasn’t replaced other forms of
communication, the Internet, with its e-mail and instant messaging features,
is an integral part of girls’ computer experiences. Too often these
computer-savvy teens are still naïve and emotionally vulnerable. They report
grappling with issues such as how to react to sexual content they
unwittingly encounter online or to being harassed.
Girls may want parents and adults to fully understand their online lives,
but they sometimes rely too much on their own judgment in making decisions
about how to behave online. Girls are aware of the varied dangers of the
Internet but want more proactive involvement rather than prohibitive don’ts
from parents. All reap many positive and safe benefits from Internet use, as
it allows girls to build social self-confidence and to express intense
emotions they may not otherwise share.
When empowered with knowledge and given pertinent advice, children can
successfully navigate both positive and negative experiences online.
What can we as adults do to help children navigate the Internet safely?
Here are some tips:
First, familiarize yourself with the Internet, if you haven’t done so
Talk with them about safety rules for using the Internet. Their common
sense is probably very different from yours.
Discuss with them what their online rules should be, such as how much time
may be spent online and what kinds of sites may be visited. Consider their
Know what they are doing online. What sites are they visiting? Are they
going into public chat rooms?
Maintain an open dialogue with them about their Internet use. Be willing
to compromise, but make sure they understand your concerns are for their
Encourage them to teach you some new Internet-related skills as a means of
opening a door to communication.
Without becoming overly judgmental, help them solve problems they
encounter online. Make sure they know they can come to you with those
Prepare children for the kinds of uncomfortable experiences they might
have online, without making them feel that the Internet is a totally
Find out what their friends are doing online so you know what their
Internet social reality is all about.
If teens are armed with knowledge, trust, and support, they’ll be able to
use the Internet safely.
BTW (by the way), if you consult any one of a number of online dictionaries,
you will find definitions for hundreds of acronyms and abbreviations,
including A/S/L (age, sex, location) and BWTHDIK (but what the heck do I
Learn more about how to keep children safe online:
Sources: The Net Effect: Girls and the New Media, Girl Scout Research
Institute, 2002; Feeling Safe: What Girls Say, Girl Scout Research
Institute, 2003; and
the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council's Web page on
Ann Marie van den Hurk is Vice President, Marketing and Property (formerly
Director of Communications), for the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council. At
the NFPW Conference in September, she received a national first-place award
in the category of public service for a cyber-safe summer awareness campaign
for CBGSC. She says she was prompted to adapt the awareness campaign into
this article as “everyone knows at least one child; everyone can use this
Contact Ann Marie at email@example.com.
Knight Foundation $5 Million
Who Will Create "Community" through New Media?
Enter the Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge!
Deadline: December 31!
Newspapers have long helped shape how we think about the communities in
which we live and how we understand what’s happening on our block or around
the world. But as use of digital media increasingly becomes the way we
receive and share news, who will perform this community function? How will
digital technology effectively foster community journalism in the future?
Because the Knight Foundation believes those questions need an answer, it
will give away $5 million in The News Challenge, a contest that seeks
imaginative ideas for using new media combined with the best news values and
the ethics of journalism to bind and build physical, geographical
communities where people live and work.
Anybody, anywhere around the world can enter. There’s only one rule:
You must submit an innovative idea that uses the digital world to connect
people in the real world.
Want to know more?
Members, We Hear You
Mary Leah Christmas
The response to the NewsBreak e-newsletter format has
been overwhelmingly positive. Here is a sampling of the comments from our
“This is wonderful! The format and information is great! I’m more likely to
read this than in printed form.”
“I just received my electronic copy of the DPA newsletter, and may I just
say 'hats off' to you and your DPA colleagues for the fresh format! Very
interesting and well done.”
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Articles are well written and to the point.”
The following message serves as a reminder that more eyes than just our own
are on the e-newsletter:
“Congratulations on a great newsletter! Like DPA, it is fabulous.”
These words are from Donna Penticuff, immediate past president of the
National Federation of Press Women. Also, when DPA Executive Director
Katherine Ward attended the NFPW Conference in Denver in September, several
NFPW members, having received the NewsBreak e-newsletter, offered
kudos and others asked to be put on our mailing list. Word is getting around
about our new look!
NewsBreak may now be an e-newsletter, but being electronic does not
mean the “e-” also stands for “ephemeral.” Current and past issues of NewsBreak
can be accessed, as always, on
newsletter page of the DPA Web site.
So, keep reading, and keep letting us know how we are doing! We will welcome
any and all suggestions for articles (consider writing one yourself) or for
For questions about the newsletter or to offer comments or suggestions,
contact Mary Leah Christmas, DPA NewsBreak editor, at
Calendar of Events
01–30 November is National Novel Writing Month,
“a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin
writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by
midnight, November 30.” For more information,
04 Delaware Book Festival. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine, in front
of Legislative Hall in Dover. Sponsored by the Delaware Division of
Libraries. For more information, call 800-282-8696, ext, 113. or
08 Philadelphia Advertising and Business Show. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, Pa. Sponsored by ACT, a Regional
Business/Marketing newspaper. Exhibitors in advertising and many other
industries. Your business card gets you in free. For more information, call
ACT at 484-562-0063.
08 Managing the Big Kahuna, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westin Hotel,
Philadelphia, Pa. Event sponsored by PRSA, Philadelphia Chapter. Colin
Powell’s former Chief of Staff, Bill Smullen, presents ways that
public relations executives can better balance their responsibilities with
the demands of their manager. The presentation will highlight some of the
Colonel’s experiences with Powell around crisis communications, media
relations, and the writing and promotion of Powell’s best-selling
autobiography, My American Journey. Cost: PRSA members $35;
non-members $45. For more information, please contact Chris Mucci Stewart at
09 Delaware Humanities Council Annual Lecture: “The MisEducation of
Americans about the Middle East.” Speaker: Georgie Anne Geyer,
internationally recognized foreign correspondent and syndicated columnist
with Universal Press Syndicate, who has interviewed most of the major world
leaders, including Presidents Bush & Bush, Reagan, and Carter. She also has
written several books and has received numerous awards for her work.
Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street, on the Riverfront in Wilmington
at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Because seating is
limited, reservations must be made in advance. For details, or to make
reservations, call 800-752-2060 or fax your request to 302-657-0655.
14 "Jack and Gemma's Road Show: Books and the Patriot Act," featuring
Jack and Gemma Buckley, owners, Ninth Street Book Shop in Wilmington.
Delaware Press Association Meeting to be held at Kid Shelleen's, 1801 West
14th Street (14th and Scott), Wilmington. Networking, light fare, and cash
bar 6:30 p.m. Program 7:30 p.m. Cost: members $10; non-members $15.
15 Marketing Magic: Successful Strategies in Online and Offline Direct
Marketing, Crown Plaza Hotel, King of Prussia, Pa. Event sponsored by
Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association (PDMA). Reservations will be
accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance at the four
individual sessions will be limited to a maximum of 50 people each. Cost:
PDMA members $195; non-members $250. List of speakers, session topics, and
session times available
02 DPA Holiday Luncheon. Guest speaker: Tony Velocci,
Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology. University & Whist
Club, 805 North Broom Street, Wilmington, Social hour/book signings 11:30
a.m. Luncheon, program and presentation of 2007 Communicator of Achievement
12:30 p.m. Cost: members $30; non-members $35. For more information, call
- Make a Reservation -
08–10 Eighth Annual John Milton Memorial Celebration of Poetry and Poets,
John Milton & Co. Book Shop, Milton, Del. Fourth Annual Dogfish Head Poetry
Prize to be awarded for a chapbook written by a Delmarva poet. Contact event
founder Jamie Brown for
09 Communications Contest deadline for Books /
Fiction / Verse entries.
16 Communications Contest deadline for all other entries.
Send information for the Calendar of Events to
NewsBreak is the official newsletter of Delaware Press
Mary Leah Christmas, Editor
Katherine Ward, Copy editor/Layout
Submit editorial content to:
Copy deadline for next newsletter: January 15, 2007
Katherine Ward, Executive Director
Delaware Press Association