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Spotlight: Beth Miller, the Beating Heart of Journalism

Stories that speak of love and life and risk and struggle

by Theresa Gawlas Medoff, DPA 2010 COA

Beth MillerBeth Miller, esteemed News Journal reporter and DPA’s immediate past president, is well known and highly respected by every newsmaker and news follower in Delaware. For outstanding professional accomplishments and also for service to the community and to DPA, Beth recently was named the 2011 Delaware Press Association Communicator of Achievement.

A graduate of Mount Pleasant High School and Wheaton College, where she earned a degree in political science, Beth immediately joined the staff of The News Journal, where she continues today. She is now, thirty years later, a veteran journalist writing breaking news, features and enterprise stories conscientiously and with a singular regard for the truth.

A general-assignment reporter who began an illustrious career covering sports, then education, Beth has been recognized in recent years for insightful coverage of politics, religion and matters of international interest. She introduced us to fascinating Delawareans in the “Delaware Journal” column she wrote from 1999 to 2003. When the war in Afghanistan began, she went there and wrote about the danger and sacrifices our service people confront. And after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last year, she went along on a relief trip and reported on the heroics and compassion of the members of the medical team from Delaware as well as on the aftermath of the disaster.

Almost as well known for her sense of humor as for thorough, balanced reporting and the ability to capture the human side of a story, she sometimes sheds light on how she acquired her journalistic sensibilities by telling hilarious stories on herself. When she was presented with the COA Award – the highest honor DPA bestows on its members – she said:

“As you might expect, I’ve been wondering if this is some sort of mistake. I’m sure someone on your committee did their homework – at least a Google search of “Beth Miller” and “News Journal” – and found that insightful question from a blogger a few years ago: ‘Is the News Journal’s Beth Miller really this dumb?’

“I love free speech!

“I learned pretty early in my career that what is really dumb for a reporter, for a journalist, is to assume or pretend that you know more than you do and skip over a question.

Beth Miller“Of course, I learned this the hard way. One day, when I was a new hire in the sports department, I had to write a story about a senior citizens’ softball team. It was sponsored by a funeral home.

I talked to several members of the team – about its history and its purpose and camaraderie. And I heard about one of the founders, who had played shortstop.

“‘He’s no longer with us,’ the man I was interviewing told me. And I wrote about the late shortstop and his influence on the team.

“The next morning, the man’s wife called our public editor, Harry Themal, to let him know that the ‘late’ shortstop was sitting across the table having breakfast with her. He was no longer with the team, true. But he was alive and well and in her house.

“I got an earful from Harry about that. And I learned an important lesson about follow-up questions: Ask them. Just as important: make your questions good ones.

“And listen. Listen. Listen. It’s one of the most important elements of communication.”

The MillersAsk and listen. And then write. It may sound simple, but it’s not an easy thing to do. One of our DPA colleagues said: “Beth demonstrates in both her reporting and her writing the kind of compassion and sensitivity that were once highly admired in general-interest media . . . and are still highly appreciated both by news sources and news subjects.” Another DPA member summed up Beth’s fortitude: “In this year of unrelenting demand on the press to cover such a wide and complex range of issues, she has shown a remarkable ability to pull it off – time after time – with intelligence and gentle context.” Several examples come to mind, and Beth’s own words best convey the struggle a reporter experiences when asking the hard questions, listening to often-uncomfortable answers or witnessing another’s distress.

“When someone trusts you with their story,” Beth says, “it is a gift. You’ve got to be there. You need to be there – in person.

“In 2002, the newspaper sent me to Afghanistan a couple of times to visit Delaware troops deployed there. I remember talking with a tech sergeant from Dover Air Base. He pulled a crumpled piece of paper out of his pocket. It was written in pencil, and the tough old sergeant carried it everywhere. It was obvious he had read it many times. It was from his son, and his eyes welled up as he read it to me. His boy got right to the point.

I’m not worried if you die because I know you are up in heaven with God watching over me. But I will be very sad and I will miss you. I will remember you. . . . Dad I’m counting on you to come back. Your son, Devin Walter James. P.S. The Lord is with you always don’t forget that OK!

“It’s hard to do such moments justice. They speak of love and life and risk and struggle.

“Some encounters stick with you forever,” Beth adds, “like the 60-year-old man who had been abused by a priest hundreds of times when he was a kid. He was one of the first Delaware victims willing to tell his story. I called him in Las Vegas, where he had moved, and he agreed to talk with me if I could get there. We talked for eight hours. His wife stayed with us as he spoke and wept and shook and trembled. He took breaks to get his breath and clear his head. I thought it was too much. But he kept coming back. He wanted to tell his story. Thank God.

“That story required weeks of research and scores of other interviews. It required courage and grit on behalf of the editors at The News Journal. It was painful for everyone.

“But he told his story. It checked out. And after it was printed, others came forward. Maybe they, too, would be believed.”

That story, with far-reaching consequences, continues to reverberate. And who wasn’t touched by the series of powerful articles Beth wrote in 2010 when she witnessed first-hand the devastation in Haiti.

“Last January,” Beth says, “as the world watched a tragedy unfold in Haiti, News Journal editors decided we should go with a hastily assembled team of Delaware doctors and nurses as they rushed to help the injured. That decision was risky – and I have great respect for Executive Editor David Ledford, who pushed for it and made it happen.

“The need was crushing – and readers responded with extraordinary compassion.

“The need still is crushing. And I cannot turn away from it. I can hear the screams of a young girl, lying on a cot under a white tent at the shattered hospital in Jacmel. I will never forget her wails as her father held her, and a Delaware doctor cleaned her legs, which had been crushed in falling debris during the January 12 earthquake. Her toes were black with gangrene. The doctor was trying to save her legs, but it was an agonizing effort.

“Her father’s pain must have been as great. And while the girl wailed, a group of Haitians from a nearby church walked through the tents singing and praying for the patients. Their voices swirled in the air with her cries, and the sounds – of agony and hope – made an amazing mix. It was an astounding scene.”

The Communicator of Achievement Award recognizes not only professional accomplishments and service to DPA, but also service to the community. Beth plays the bagpipes as a member of the Pipes & Drums of the Delaware Valley and has, on a number of occasions, played for the deployment and return ceremonies of Delaware National Guard troops.

She also enjoys travel, but especially travel with a mission. She has gone with her church to New Orleans to work on homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and to Lima, Peru, to assist in medical clinics and with English classes.

DPA Board MeetingThese good works inform Beth’s life just as her skillful reporting does.

“It’s my belief,” she says, “that we need each other’s stories – that we learn about ourselves and our world and our place in the world as we talk and listen and learn about each other. It’s my belief that there’s usually a pretty amazing story – maybe good, maybe bad, maybe ugly – wrapped up in every human being.

“To the citizens of Delaware, I can only say thank you for reading. Thank you for caring about journalism and about our community. Thank you for listening.

“And to those who are professional communicators: Keep up your good work. Many of you are storytellers. Some of you are like matchmakers – helping storytellers connect with stories that need to be told. Fight for open government. Ask questions. Listen carefully. Take good notes. Let your heart beat.

“And to all: Take good care of each other.”

Contact Theresa Medoff at
Contact Beth Miller at


DPA President’s Corner: The Sin of Speculation Is Cause for Concern

by Mark Fowser

Mark Fowser

“Wow, some really messed-up stuff happens in your state.”

That was the reaction, in summary, from several people I know outside of Delaware when the New Year began with a murder-mystery worthy of a spy novel or a prime-time TV show.

And no wonder. Not long after the dust had settled from the election that brought national media to the First State for nearly two months, Delaware generated a story worthy of further national interest and intrigue. The morning of New Year’s Eve, the body of a 66-year-old man was discovered at Wilmington’s Cherry Island landfill. The victim turned out to have been John Wheeler III, who was instrumental in raising funds for the Vietnam War Memorial, held a leadership role with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and, most recently, was a consultant for a Defense Department contractor.

I should have seen what was coming when I was informed that “the blogs are going nuts over this.”

You know the strange circumstances of the case: a surveillance video captured Wheeler in a disoriented state, holding one of his shoes, at the wrong parking garage in Wilmington; there are questions about whether he was on a train he was scheduled to be on; he asked his neighborhood pharmacist for a ride from New Castle to Wilmington; and, he died and ended up in a dumpster in Newark.

The case was rife with local intrigue and mystery, but it quickly went global. Theories abounded about the possible reason for, and cause of, his death; and the way some of them were picked up by the media is cause for concern.

One theory in particular went viral – the idea that Wheeler intended to address concerns about the danger of a biological agent . . . which just so happened to be the cause of a massive bird kill in Arkansas that same week. You might be familiar with that scenario, since it was the subject of speculation by many traditional media outlets.

The 2009 DPA Communicator of Achievement, UD Professor Ralph Begleiter, said it well in The News Journal: “This is a good example of when anybody can say anything without any accountability, and there are no consequences.” Quoted in TNJ again a few days later, he added that lack of information “adds to the mystery. Anytime you have a vacuum of any kind, there’s somebody who will fill that vacuum in a news environment, whether it’s a political story or a criminal case. Somebody is going to come along and speculate.”

A different sort of lesson occurred days later, when several news outlets reported that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had died of gunshot wounds to the head during the mass shootings in Tucson, Arizona. Six people did, in fact, die, but the Congresswoman survived and is on a long road to recovery. NPR was first with the erroneous report, followed by CNN and Fox. All, of course, made retractions.

Do you see the common ground between these two incidents? One was a developing murder-mystery with clues like so many jigsaw-puzzle pieces not yet put together. The other was a fast-developing story full of breaking news updates, initial confusion and conflicting details.

Are news media outlets moving closer to a business-as-usual policy of “Let’s put the information out there, then retract it if it’s wrong”?

That would not be a welcome development.

Mark Fowser, President of Delaware Press Association, is (depending on the day of the week) a reporter for WHYY-90.9 FM and its Web site,; a contributor to Delaware First Media (; and a radio traffic-and-news reporter in Philadelphia. Contact Mark at 302-322-7873 or


Delaware Government Can Become More Transparent . . .
With Your Help

by Katherine Ward

Sunshine WeekAfter the cold, cold days of the last several weeks, it lifts the spirits to think about celebrating Sunshine Week: March 13 – 19 this year. But Sunshine Week isn’t about going somewhere to get warm or about taking a vacation from responsibility. Rather, it’s just the opposite. The weeklong celebration seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

So with Sunshine Week in our sights, what can we do to ensure a celebration of open government here in Delaware?

A great start was made on Tuesday, January 25, when House Bill 5 was passed unanimously in the Delaware House of Representatives. Sponsored by Rep. Brad Bennett (D-Dover South), this bill would amend Title 29 of the Delaware Code pertaining to the Delaware Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by setting a deadline when public bodies must provide a public record to those who make a FOIA request.

Rep. Bennett sponsored the bill because he believes “public information should be readily accessible to any citizen, and any person who makes a FOIA request for public records deserves a prompt response.” Current Delaware law does not include any time limit for government entities or other public bodies either to respond to or to fulfill a Freedom of Information request.

Rep. Bennett says, “This bill further improves the FOIA legislation passed last session. It makes us a more transparent and open state. By adding these provisions, we will go from being one of the least transparent states to one of the more transparent."

Under House Bill 5, any FOIA request for a public record must be granted within 15 business days from the receipt of the request. However, the public entity can extend that deadline if the request is for "voluminous records, if it requires legal advice" or if the record is in storage. In those situations, within 15 business days of initial receipt of a FOIA request, the agency or entity must inform the person making the request of the need for additional time.

After hearing some concerns raised about similar legislation that passed the House last session, Rep. Bennett said he addressed those concerns by extending the deadline for receipt of a request from the 10 business days specified in a previous measure to 15 business days in HB 5.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Here’s where you come in. Don’t let Sunshine Week go by without contacting your state senator, thus joining your voice with those of your fellow citizens who belong to open government groups such as the Delaware Coalition for Open Government (DelCOG); the League of Women Voters (LWV); and Common Cause, Delaware to urge that they vote to pass this bill when it reaches the Senate.

If you’re not sure who to contact, first click here to find your senatorial district (must be registered to vote). Then click here to get contact information for your state senator.

Regardless of the weather, the sun will be shining in Delaware from March 13 – 19.

Katherine Ward, DPA’s executive director, is a board member of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government. Contact Katherine at
For more information about Sunshine Week or for FOI news, visit the Sunshine Week Web site.


Contest Be Damned: Silence is Golden

Working with Non-Disclosure Agreements

by Karen Galanaugh, APR © 

Karen Galanaugh

This was a busy work year for me and my public relations company: lots of clients, lots of work produced – resulting in many projects to consider as entries in the DPA communications contest. However, I am restricted from submitting nearly ninety percent of my eligible work because of non-disclosure agreements with clients.

As a communications specialist and accredited public relations counselor, I provide a range of services from publicity and marketing communications to guidance in reputation management and other complex issues. Often, when I am called in by a company for advice regarding sensitive situations, as a requirement of engagement, I must agree to keep the conversations and relationships confidential. More often than not, I am required to sign a legal document called a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

Use of NDAs is a common practice in business consulting. Legal contracts between at least two parties, they outline confidential material, knowledge or information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict access to by third parties – such as competitors or the public. An NDA protects non-public business information. And depending on the specific restrictive clauses in an NDA, the agreement can even prohibit the service provider from identifying the client. For instance, with most of my NDAs, I am not permitted to say that I consult for the client company or say what I do for them. In practical terms, I must not list the client name on my Galanaugh & Company marketing materials, provide the client name as a reference or enter projects in contests without special legal clearance.

The subtext, of course, is that the client could sue if the terms of the NDA are breached. And if a consultant refuses to sign an NDA, she risks not being hired and risks developing a reputation in the industry for not operating within common business practices.

I have NDAs with companies in healthcare, energy generation, manufacturing and technology. I’ve even had NDAs with celebrities. The non-disclosure agreements I’ve signed with them do not offer protections under the law like attorney-client or doctor-patient privilege – which restrict certain communications from being subject to discovery in a legal proceeding. Information shared with a PR consultant is discoverable in a court of law even with a non-disclosure agreement in place.

One NDA blankets all of my communications work for the client, including: media releases, public communications, letters, marketing and public affairs plans and campaigns, videos, public and intranet Web sites, scripts, external and internal newsletters, advertisements, blogs, brochures and articles. Consequently, I cannot submit work to the DPA communications contest because I may not claim any of the mentioned tactical work projects as coming from my company.

I understand the value of the NDA. It allows the client to discuss problems and challenges comfortably. And it allows me to have all the facts before I provide counsel. This year alone, I advised companies experiencing difficult business scenarios and community-relations pain. I’ve consulted regarding a new product launch and have assisted in the creation and execution of a PR plan to roll-out information about a business acquisition.

I have a love-hate relationship with non-disclosure agreements. Sometimes I want to shout to the world, “I helped that company succeed!” And shouting wouldn’t hurt business development for my company either. But the prudent behavior is to let the client claim victory. After all, that’s why they pay me.Ink & Quill

So, I conclude, silence is golden – especially when it helps clients meet communications goals. When satisfied, they want to hire me again. Silence also can keep me from being sued. And it can provide the quiet necessary to hear pesky internal voices in ethical headlock over vanity and self-satisfaction.

Karen Galanaugh, APR, was the national contest director for NFPW’s annual communications contest from 2007 to 2010. The 2006 DPA Communicator of Achievement, she is the owner and principal of Galanaugh & Company LLC, Public Relations & Marketing Communications, in Wilmington. And – notwithstanding NDA restrictions on some of her work – she is also is the winner of many statewide, regional and national public relations awards. Contact Karen at


WordPlay . . . for Wordsmiths

by Bob Yearick

Bob Yearick

Tattling on itself
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is one of America’s most respected newspapers. But like any other publication, it commits its share of language errors. Frank Reust, who directs the news and features copy editors at the paper, recently did some research into which words and phrases were most often misused between 2000 and 2010. His sleuthing produced the following items, which, unfortunately, appear in far too many periodicals.

1. Amidst

Correct: amid.
(Along the same lines, we would add amongst and among.)

2. First ever/first annual
Correct: first.

3. Safe haven
Correct: haven.

4. Sneak peak
Correct: sneak peek. (It also could be argued that “sneak” should be eliminated.)

5. Tensions
Correct: tension. This is an example of a false plural. The word is fine without the letter s. Other examples from the Post-Dispatch Stylebook are rain, wind, revenue, material, skill.

6. Begs the question
Correct: “Begs the question” does not mean to bring up or create a question. The definition in Webster's New World College Dictionary is: “To use an argument that assumes as proved the very thing one is trying to prove.” So . . . bonus points to anyone who can use “begs the question” correctly in a sentence.

7. Proven guilty/proven innocent
Correct: proved guilty or innocent. The verb is proved; the adjective is proven, as in “a proven remedy.”

8. Healthful vs. healthy
Correct: Healthy is often misused. Healthy means having good health; healthful means helping to produce, promote or maintain health. So a person or animal can be healthy, have a healthy complexion, have a healthy appetite. But a diet, food or choice is healthful because it promotes health, not possesses it.

9. Left (number of people) dead
Correct: killed. Here's a common example: “Thailand's international reputation, economy and sense of identity have been battered by street fighting that has left 82 dead and nearly 1,800 wounded.” Better to say: . . . “has killed 82 and wounded 1,800.” As someone once said, “Bad things don't leave people dead; they kill people.”

Reust’s research also produced these one-time errors:

  • “St. Louis residents Adam Lefever, 28, and Leah Lucas, 28, said they are more vigilante about hiding valuables when they visit parks in the city.”
    Correct: vigilant.

  • He also told agents that he had experience in ordinance disposal from the U.S. Army.”
    Correct: ordnance.

There’s an app for that
You probably weren’t surprised to learn that the American Dialect Society chose “app” as its 2010 Word of the Year. According to an Associated Press article, “Word of the Year,” linguists see it as a word that “best sums up the country’s preoccupation last year.” Seemingly, there's an app for just about everything: social networking, education, lifestyle, photos, games and infinitely more.

And finally . . .
Here’s a caption from a cartoon in The New Yorker of August 30, 2010: “You have no idea what it's like to be a 'just between you and me' person in a ‘just between you and I’ world.”

Till next time, don’t forget to send your pet peeves, suggestions and questions for WordPlay to:

And remember: Always write right – and tight.

Contact WordPlay columnist Bob Yearick at


DPA Delivers!

Renew for 2011 and Retain Your Directory Listing

by Allison Taylor Levine, APR

Allison Taylor Levine

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Delaware Press Association delivers – and for just $20 a year. For that low membership fee, you have access to all that DPA offers.

The DPA dues-renewal notice recently was e-mailed to all members who hadn’t yet sent dues for 2011. Thanks to those who have responded to the request to renew. Throughout the year, we will continue to add names of new and renewing members to the DPA Membership Directory.

To make sure YOUR listing remains in the directory, though, please click one of the links below to renew your membership if you haven’t yet done so! Only members paid for 2011 can be included.

DPA is a state affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. Dual membership in DPA and NFPW is $94 ($74 for NFPW; $20 for DPA). If you want dual membership in DPA and NFPW, use the last link below.

There are many DPA and NFPW benefits besides the membership directory, including great professional-development opportunities through speakers, workshops and conferences, networking with top communications professionals in Delaware and across the USA, annual professional communications contests, quarterly newsletters, e-blasts with news of communications events, job opportunities and much more. Get more information on these and other DPA and NFPW benefits.

Please renew your DPA or DPA/NFPW membership today. If you’re not a member, why not join? All professional communicators are eligible for membership. Here are links you can use right now, whether paying by check or by credit card.

– Get DPA Membership Form to Join or Renew and Pay by CHECK –

– Make DPA Membership Payment Online with CREDIT CARD –

– NFPW / DPA Dual Membership Form –

Be sure to contact me if you have questions about DPA, you’re not sure of your membership status, you need username and password info to access the directory or you want help with any other membership-related issue.

Allison Taylor Levine, APR, a public relations consultant for Synchrogenix Information Strategies, Inc., is DPA’s Membership Director. Contact Allison at or 302-345-0589.


DPA Welcomes New Members

DPA LogoDPA extends a warm welcome to each of our new members. Any new members whose contact information has not been included in the online DPA Membership Directory, please click here and ask for directions:


Nicole Bastidas, Wilmington –
Student at Philadelphia Art Institute majoring in digital film production

Amy Cherry, Wilmington –
News reporter/Anchor, WDEL 1150-AM News Talk Radio

Alan E. Garfield, Wynnewood, Pa. –
Professor, Constitutional Law, Widener University School of Law, Wilmington

Anitra R. Johnson, Wilmington –
Student at Full Sail College majoring in journalism



DPA Media Mavens & Mavericks


. . . is a column about our members’ personal and professional achievements. Names of new DPA members featured in this column are starred.

Please send any information about your honors, achievements and awards to by the 1st of any month for publication in the next issue.

DPA members featured in this issue:

  • Stephanie Baffone

  • Ralph Begleiter

  • Andrea Boyle / David Brond

  • Jamie Brown

  • Kathy Canavan

  • Jan Churchill

  • James Diehl

  • Theresa Gawlas Medoff

  • Bridget Gillespie Paverd

  • John Sadak

  • Rachel Simon

  • Terry Woodeshick

Stephanie Baffone• Do you ever wonder what to do when your boss passes your ideas off as her own? how to act when your husband consistently takes your mother-in-law’s side over yours? or what to say when it’s time to have “that conversation” with your child? Just ask Delaware’s own “Dear Abby.” You can get answers to dilemmas such as these from “Aunt Steph,” or, as she’s known in professional circles, Stephanie Baffone, LPCMH, NCC, a licensed, board-certified, mental health therapist, freelance writer and beloved aunt to 40 nieces and nephews. Don’t miss her advice column, “Ask Aunt Steph,” which debuted in the Brandywine and Hockessin community newspapers in January.

In addition to helping others with the ups and downs of life through her own private practice, she also is a consultant to numerous non-profits developing programs on grief and is the expert columnist on love and loss at Webby Award-nominated As for herself, Stephanie says, “I have been blissfully married to my high school sweetheart for twenty years.”

Featured on WHYY, CN8 and Blog Talk Radio, Stephanie also has been a resource for The Savvy Auntie Guide to Life (HarperCollins 2011) and for media outlets such as Counseling Today and The Huffington Post. “Aunt Steph” says she is now working on a book, Doris, Sophia and Me: A Memoir About a Mother Who Didn’t Live Long Enough and a Daughter Who was Never Born.

A graduate of Villanova University, with a master’s degree in Community Counseling, Stephanie is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Psychological Association, RESOLVE, The American Fertility Association and the American Academy of Bereavement.

Contact Stephanie Baffone at, visit her interactive Ask Aunt Steph Facebook page or follow her on Twitter @SBaffone.

Ralph Begleiter has done it again with the 2011 edition of Global Agenda, the premier speaker series he has coordinated at the University of Delaware for ten years. Thanks to this year’s series of lectures, with the overarching theme “Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad,” Delaware citizens will have a great opportunity to see the United States through the eyes of people from foreign nations or with global perspectives. Beginning on February 23, the series includes visits to UD by Robert B. Zoellick. president of the World Bank, former foreign ministers of Jordan and Nigeria, the president of the Pew Research Center in Washington, a senior official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the editor of The Globalist.

Ralph also uses the series as one of his courses for undergraduate students in which they meet informally with each of the series' speakers to discuss foreign-affairs issues.Center for Political Communication

Global Agenda is presented by the Center for Political Communication, with support from the Institute for Global Studies and the UD departments of Communication and Political Science and International Relations.

The series, open to all students and to the community, takes place at Mitchell Hall on Wednesdays. It is free and no tickets or reservations are required. See the Calendar of Events for information about each of the lectures, and be sure to check for updates, speaker bios, details of speaker appearances and parking info at the Global Agenda Web site.

Ralph Begleiter, Rosenberg Professor of Communication, is director of UD’s Center for Political Communication. Contact Ralph at

Andrea Boyle, senior editorial coordinator for national media in the University of Delaware’s Office of Communications and Marketing, recently was honored at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for being named to the PR News* “15-to-Watch” list. A UD alum, Andrea was named alongside communications and marketing professionals from Turner Broadcasting, Kaiser Permanente, Cox Enterprises, the National Basketball Association, Office Depot and Southwest Airlines, among others.

UD’s vice president for communications and marketing and DPA’s treasurer, David Brond, said: “This is a very special honor for Andrea, for the University of Delaware, and for the Office of Communications and Marketing. This national honor is recognition of a great deal of hard work on a wide range of projects.” According to David, some of the projects for which Andrea was nominated include redesign of the Experts at the University of Delaware Web site, which provides a showcase for faculty and an easy-to-use system for journalists seeking expert commentary; initiation of a UD presence on Facebook, which now has a community of 15,000 followers; and coordination of media relations surrounding UD's purchase of the former Chrysler assembly plant, now the future science and technology campus, with national coverage including American Public Media's Marketplace and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Check out some of Andrea’s other major projects.

*The weekly flagship publication of Access Intelligence LLC, PR News provides case studies and marketplace analysis of PR trends and programs and offers “tip sheets, research, and articles on topics such as crisis communications, measurement, employee communications” and how to be more successful in a PR job.

Andrea Boyle earned a bachelor's degree in communication and history at the University of Delaware and a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University. She has been with the UD Office of Communications & Marketing since 2008. Contact Andrea at
Contact David Brond at

• In 2007, editor and publisher Jamie Brown launched The Broadkill Review: A Journal of Literature, a bi-monthly e-publication in PDF format, that features poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. The Review now has branched out into book publishing, incorporating the whole scheme under the Broadkill Publishing Associates, LLC umbrella. Two imprints already are publishing. The Broadkill Press publishes chapbooks of poetry and so far has published the last two winners of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize (with an assist from Dennis Forney, publisher of The Cape Gazette). Full-length books of poetry are published under the Broadkill River Press imprint, although a full-length collection of short fiction by noted Australian author Maryanne Khan is in the works.

Jamie Brown is the owner of the John Milton & Co. Bookshop in Milton, and founder/director of the town of Milton’s annual John Milton Memorial Celebration of Poets & Poetry. For more information or to subscribe to The Review, contact Jamie at

Kathryn Canavan is researching the Washington, D.C., Penn Quarter neighborhood between the years 1847 and 1873, particularly 8th, 9th and 10th Streets NW. She says if you happen to have family records or letters showing anything about that neighborhood in that period, she would appreciate a call or an e-mail.
Contact Kathryn Canavan at 302-656-3272 or

Jan Churchill, a member of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame and author of a number of books on aviation, both civilian and military, has a new book out this month: First South Pole Landing: The Pilots Story. Based on interviews Jan did with the two pilots more than twenty-five years ago, the book tells of the first airplane to land at the South Pole (1956). Jan says, “No man had set foot there since 1912.” A member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, Jan attended their Northeastern regional meeting in January and ran into Tony Velocci, editor-in-chief of the highly regarded Aviation Week magazine. Jan says, “Not only did he recall sitting next to me at the DPA Holiday Luncheon when he gave the 2007 keynote address but he said he would write a review of my new book for Aviation Week!” Jan has brought a lifetime of experience to the books she’s published and also to the numerous articles she written for many military organization’ publications. A corporate pilot, Jan also has flown planes in air shows for more than 25 years and has been an air show announcer; she has participated in numerous air races and also has owned and restored several warbirds.
Order any of Jan Churchill’s books through her Web site at, or contact Jan Churchill at

• Last year James Diehl, owner of DNB Group Public Relations, Seaford, won a first-place award in the DPA statewide communications contest in the category “non-fiction book, history” for World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware. Building on that success, James wrote and co-produced Vanishing Voices of World War II, an hour-long film that premiered at Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown, November 11, 2010 – Veterans Day – and was shown again on January 20 in “Delmarva Roots,” a film series hosted by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Milton Historical Society. The film includes some of the interviews with veterans used in his award-winning book and another of his works, World War II Heroes of Coastal Delaware. For more information about the film and the “Delaware Roots” series, read robin brown’s “Delaware Backstory” article from the January 11 edition of The News Journal.
Contact James Diehl at
Contact robin brown at

• Freelance writer Theresa Gawlas Medoff has a new monthly column about family travel in the travel publication Recreation News, a monthly tabloid distributed to 100,000 public employees in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas. She also has started writing for Delaware First Media's online news site,
Contact Theresa Medoff at

Bridget Gillespie Paverd, head of a public relations firm specializing in the healthcare industry and auxiliary disciplines, notes that her firm, GillespieHall, “received a Platinum Ava Award in December for Re-Think Teens and Drink, the video we scripted and produced on underage drinking for the STEP UP campaign for the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families. The movie can be viewed on the Web site The production, which is targeted at parents with teenage children, is effective because it is brutally honest.” Produced in collaboration with the federal agency SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration) the video won the award over more than 1,700 other entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2010 competition. Bridget adds: “GillespieHall also was awarded two Platinum MarCom Awards for a campaign on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, for our client Brandywine Counseling and Community Services.” See one of the award-winning billboards.
Contact Bridget Gillespie Paverd at and visit her Web site at

Wilmington Blue RocksJohn Sadak, director for broadcasting and the lead play-by-play announcer for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, just wrapped his third season of broadcasting college football on TV. He says, “This year included my first games carried by the ESPN family of networks, including ESPN GamePlan and ESPN3.” Named Delaware’s Sportscaster of the Year for 2009 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, he adds: “I also announced the Division I field hockey Final Four and national championship game between North Carolina and Maryland for the NCAA, along with the Division I FCS football playoff game between Georgia Southern and William & Mary.”
Contact John Sadak at

Rachel Simon, author of Building a Home with My Husband and Riding the Bus with My Sister, has just begun a “pre-sale” book tour to meet with booksellers in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Denver for her new novel, The Story of The Story of a Beautiful GirlBeautiful Girl, which publishes on May 4. (Rachel sends word from Lansing, Michigan, that because of the major snow storm blanketing a good part of the US, “The Chicago and Milwaukee legs of my trip were cancelled, but the whole thing has been going so wonderfully that no one thinks it will matter that we skipped a few cities.") News Journal reporter Gary Soulsman says, in ‘Not your usual boy meets girl,’ in the January 23 edition of the Sunday News Journal, “If there's a Wilmington writer with a shot at landing a national bestseller this spring, some bets are on Rachel Simon for The Story of Beautiful Girl.” Read the Soulsman article in its entirety.

The book, which was acquired by Grand Central Publishing, at the Hachette Group, “begins in the late-1960s,” Rachel says, “and is about Lynnie, a beautiful and artistically gifted white woman with an intellectual disability and selective mutism, and her sweetheart, Homan, an African American deaf man, both institutionalized. They escape with Lynnie's newborn baby girl and find refuge at the home of a retired schoolteacher, Martha. When the authorities catch up with them, Homan escapes, and Lynnie is caught. But just before Lynnie is forcibly returned to The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, she manages to whisper to Martha: ‘Hide her.’ And so begins the forty-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia – four people desperate to reconnect.”

Rachel invites you to check out this link to see the Deals column of Publishers Weekly and to read her blog to keep up with her while she’s on her book tour around the US.
Contact Rachel Simon at
Contact Gary Soulsman at

Buffalo ChipsTheresa Woodeshick, author of Buffalo Chips: A Collection of Poems, says, “The title of my first book of poetry honors the Buffalo, N.Y., area where I lived as a child and later returned for the last two years of high school.” She adds, “It’s a short easy read containing poems covering a variety of topics – from lighthearted glimpses of family and friends to more thought-provoking discussions of good and evil – and is written primarily in free verse, but there is also a sprinkling of haiku, limerick and a sonnet.” Terry has been an English teacher for twenty-one years. She has worked at Smyrna High School for the last five years and previously taught at-risk students in the alternative PEAK program at Delaware Technical and Community College, Terry Campus, and also worked at St. Peter Catholic School in Old New Castle. Theresa invites you to visit her at the meet-the-author/book-signing event for Buffalo Chips at Borders Books in the Dover Mall on Saturday, February 12, anytime from noon to 7 p.m. The book also is available from the publisher, AuthorHouse, or it can be ordered through
Contact Theresa Woodeshick at or visit her Web site at


Calendar of Events

Pick your own date: Free Writes. On any given Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, you can jump-start your creative process and experiment with your writing styles in the company of other writers at all skill levels. Just show up with pen and paper or laptop. No RSVP required. Free and facilitated by the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild. For more info: 302-226-8210 or


10 a.m. - Noon Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach
  6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Milton Public Library


6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Lewes Public Library


9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Super G upstairs conference room, Ocean View


10 a.m. – noon Rehoboth Beach Library

Third Saturday each month

Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach


12 Book signing. Noon–7 p.m. DPA member Theresa Woodeshick will sign copies of her first book of poetry, Buffalo Chips, at Borders Books in the Dover Mall. The title of the book honors the Buffalo, N.Y., area where the author lived as a child and later returned for the last two years of high school. A short, easy read primarily in free verse, the book contains poems covering a variety of topics. The book also is available from the publisher, AuthorHouse, or it can be ordered through

12 My Career Transition: You Are A Brand – Think Like One in Your Job Search. 9:45–11:45 a.m. Penn State Great Valley Campus, Malvern. Like it or not, you are a brand – even if you disagree, don't want to be, or do nothing about it. Do you really understand what your brand is or why a company should pick you? Stop and rethink your positioning before inefficiently spending more of your time and other resources. Free. Click here for more information or to register.

12 Second Saturday Poets: Fox Chase Poets. 5–7 p.m. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and
G. Emil Reutter
, of Philadelphia, founders of the Fox Chase Reading Series, will read from their latest works, Images of Being and Carvings, respectively. The open mic session will feature poems in honor of Abe Lincoln’s 202nd birthday as well as love poems (yours or someone else’s) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Upstairs at Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grill, 125 N. Market Street, Wilmington (one block off Martin Luther King Boulevard). Second Saturday patrons may park without charge in the Al's Sporting Goods lot directly across the street from Shenanigans. Get more info about the venue, including directions and menu.

15 Deadline for the Out & About / Delaware Literary Connection Prose Writing Contest. Theme: Turning Points. Writers, warm up your pens, notepads and computers. Let’s see your best 1,500 words. Contest entries may be fiction or nonfiction. Winners will be announced in the April issue of Out & About Magazine. Entries should be sent to: Delaware Literary Connection, 237 Cayman Court, Wilmington, DE 19808. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and to first and second runners-up. For more information or questions, contact

16 Business Wire Webinar: How to Write a Good Headline. 1–2 p.m. Speakers: Greg Jarboe, author of YouTube and Video Marketing, and Terry Scott Bertling, features/niche products editor at the San Antonio Express-News. Headlines always have been important for press releases. Now, as even the most complex stories require summaries in 22 words (Google's preference) or 140 characters (for Twitter), they matter even more. Free. Click to Register.

16 IABC Philadelphia Webinar: Social Media Measurement. 12–1:30 p.m. Speaker: Katie Delahaye Paine (Twitter: @KDPaine), CEO and founder of KDPaine & Partners LLC and author of Measuring Public Relationships: The data-driven communicator’s guide to measuring success. Review the principles of measurement and how they apply to the new, wild world of social media. We will review how to set measureable objectives, how to best target and measure your audiences, how to define metrics for a dashboard, how to define a benchmark, the pros and cons of various tools, and an overview of analysis – in other words what do you do with the data once you have it. Members $30; Nonmembers $40. Click to Register.

23 2011 Global Agenda series, Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad, "How Others See Us." 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Stephan Richter, founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist, the daily online magazine on the global economy, politics and culture. He also is president of The Globalist Research Center. In the 1990s, he was North American adviser to the German Economics Ministry and vice chancellor of Germany. Mitchell Hall, University of Delaware. Free – no tickets or reservations are required. A complete schedule and details of speaker appearances are available at the Global Agenda Web site.

26 IABC Philadelphia Coffee Connections. 9:30 a.m. Chestnut Hill Coffee Co., 8620 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Come out and network with fellow IABC communicators or find out more about IABC. No need to be a member. It’s informal and fun. FREE (but you’re responsible for any beverage or food you purchase). No RSVP necessary. E-mail for information. Coffee shop: 215-242-8600.

27 78th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography. Noon–4:30 p.m. The annual event, open to the public, is sponsored by Delaware Photographic Society. A multi-media show will be presented at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. both Sundays. Juried by nine acclaimed photographers, the projected images and the 300+ prints on display were selected from thousands of entries submitted from more than 30 countries. Arsht Hall, 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington. Get directions to Arsht Hall. Admission and parking are FREE. (See also March 6.)

27 Delaware Humanities Forum Sunday Afternoon “Hard at Work” Discussion Series: Song Yet Sung, by James McBride. Before the Civil War, runaway slaves flee through the swamps of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, chased by Patty Cannon’s gang of kidnappers. The Code of the Underground Railroad tells them how to go. But fugitive Liz Spocott has strange dreams of the future. Percussionist Kamau Ngom will perform African drum music and talk about the African connection to blues music, country shouts and the Underground Railroad. Three selected novels of historical fiction examine the lives of Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries – from those of runaway slaves before the Civil War to those of working-class people and how they and their towns change with the rise and fall of modern industry. Participants read the selected book and take part in a casual discussion. At each session, actors will begin the program with a brief dramatic reading from the featured novel, and local experts will talk about the books’ connections to Delaware business and employment. 2 p.m. Union City Grille, Eighth and Union streets, Wilmington. Discussion and entertainment are free. Food and drink available for purchase. For more info: 302-657-0650, toll free 800-752-2060 or visit the Delaware Humanities Forum Web site.


05 IABC Philadelphia Coffee Connection. 10 a.m. Brew Ha Ha! (in the Concord Gallery shopping center), 3636 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Come out and network with fellow IABC communicators or find out more about IABC. No need to be a member. It’s informal and fun. FREE (but you’re responsible for any beverage or food you purchase). No RSVP necessary.
E-mail for information. Coffee shop: 302-478-7227.

06 78th Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography. Noon–4:30 p.m. The annual event, open to the public, is sponsored by Delaware Photographic Society. A multi-media show will be presented at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. both Sundays. Juried by nine acclaimed photographers, the projected images and the 300+ prints on display were selected from thousands of entries submitted from more than 30 countries. Arsht Hall, 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington. Get directions to Arsht Hall. Admission and parking are FREE. (See also February 27.)

09 Global Agenda series, Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad: "Conversation with the World Bank." 3:45 p.m.  Speaker: Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank. Previously, Zoellick was vice chairman, international, of the Goldman Sachs Group. In 2005-06 he was deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department, and from 2001-2005 he served in the U.S. cabinet as the 13th U.S. trade representative. Please note the earlier start time for this program: Mitchell Hall, University of Delaware. Free – no tickets or reservations are required. A complete schedule and details of speaker appearances are available at the Global Agenda Web site. (Please note different start time for this lecture.)

13–19 Sunshine Week. Although spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public's right to know what its government is doing and why. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger. For more info:

20 Delaware Humanities Forum Sunday Afternoon “Hard at Work” Discussion Series: In the Beauty of the Lilies by John Updike. Between 1910 and the 1990s, four generations of the Wilmot family confront the modern boom of factories, unions, cities and the fascinating movie business. But small-town Delaware remains a refuge from ruthless competition. Terry Snyder of the Hagley Library will talk about Delaware’s early millworkers. 2 p.m. Union City Grille, Eighth and Union streets, Wilmington. Discussion and entertainment are free. Food and drink available for purchase. For more info: 302-657-0650, toll free 800-752-2060 or visit the Delaware Humanities Forum Web site. (See February 27 for more info about the discussion, entertainment and food.)

23 Global Agenda series, Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad, "Global Attitudes: Changes Since 9/11." 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Andrew Kohut, a public opinion expert with global experience. Kohut is president of the Pew Research Center, in Washington, D.C., and director of the Pew Global Attitudes project, which measures public opinion about the United States around the world. Mitchell Hall, University of Delaware. Free – no tickets or reservations are required. A complete schedule and details of speaker appearances are available at the Global Agenda Web site.

31 – 4/02 Religious Communicators Council 2011 Convention, “Communicating Outside the Box!” Little Rock, Ark. Economic pressures have reduced the number of journalists covering religion. Social media have changed public relations. Demographic and cultural shifts have altered the faces of our communities. How do religion communicators respond to this dynamic cultural environment? Speakers include: Dr. Abderrahim Foukara, Head of Operations for Al Jazeera, United States Branch; D. Paul Monteiro, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement. Click here for detailed conference info (fee, schedule, venue, hotel rates) and to register.


06 Global Agenda series, Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad, "View from Africa." 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a director of the World Bank who was Nigeria's finance minister and foreign affairs minister from 2003 to 2006, the first woman to hold either position. She has received numerous awards for her work on economic reform in Nigeria. This program is co-sponsored by the Department of Chemical Engineering as the Jack A. Gerster Memorial Lecture. Mitchell Hall, University of Delaware. Free – no tickets or reservations are required. A complete schedule and details of speaker appearances are available at the Global Agenda Web site.

09 American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware. 7:30–9:30 p.m. Speaker Sean Moir works with the Chester County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department. He has been working on developing interactive maps showing troop movements in the Battle of Brandywine. His research builds on GIS technology, aided by recently discovered old maps from England. Hale-Byrnes House. 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark. Open to the public. $5 at the door includes coffee & dessert. Well-behaved children always welcome. For more info:

10 Delaware Humanities Forum Sunday Afternoon “Hard at Work” Discussion Series: Empire Falls by Richard Russo. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the fictional river town of Empire Falls, Maine, is dominated by the wealthy Whiting family dynasty, even after overseas competition closes the old textile mills. Yet the local people who gather at the diner prove resilient regardless of corporate fortunes. Finally a credit-card bank buys up and transforms the riverfront buildings. In real life, author Russo saw Delaware-based MBNA bank do this in Camden, Maine. University of Delaware business history specialist Jonathan S. Russ will talk about the evolution of modern industry. 2 p.m. Union City Grille, Eighth and Union streets, Wilmington. Discussion and entertainment are free. Food and drink available for purchase. For more info: 302-657-0650, toll free 800-752-2060 or visit the Delaware Humanities Forum Web site. (See February 27 for more info about the discussion, entertainment and food.)

18 PRSA Philadelphia PR Institute is an advanced training program that prepares up-and-coming professionals with the tools needed to excel in the industry and advance their careers. For six weeks, participants attend weekly, two-hour educational sessions taught by leading industry practitioners on topics such as strategic planning, return on investment measurement, and presentation training. Runs through June 6.Tuition is $250 for PRSA members and $295 for non-members. Registration deadline: Friday, March 25. Click for additional information or contact Renee Watson at

20 Global Agenda series, Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad, "View from the Arab World." 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, overseeing research on the Middle East. Muasher was foreign minister (2002-2004) and deputy prime minister (2004-2005) of Jordan. His career has spanned diplomacy, development, civil society, and communications. Mitchell Hall, University of Delaware. Free – no tickets or reservations are required. A complete schedule and details of speaker appearances are available at the Global Agenda Web site.

27 DPA Communications Contest Awards Banquet & Annual Meeting. Speaker: Dr. Lee Anderson, “The Power of the Press.” 5:30 p.m. social gathering; 6:30 p.m. dinner, speaker and awards presentation. University & Whist Club, 805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington. For more info: call 302-655-2175 or e-mail


04 Global Agenda series, Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions of America Abroad, "View from Europe." 7:30 p.m. Speaker: Jamie Shea, NATO's deputy assistant secretary general for emerging security challenges, based in Brussels. He is responsible for areas such as non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber defense, counterterrorism and energy security. He also oversees strategic analysis and forecasting. Mitchell Hall, University of Delaware. Free – no tickets or reservations are required. A complete schedule and details of speaker appearances are available at the Global Agenda Web site.


3-7 National Association of Black Journalists 2011 Convention & Career Fair, Pennsylvania Convention Center. Thousands of the nation's foremost journalists and media professionals will gather for the NABJ premier venue for digital journalism education, career development, and the nation’s leaders in media, business, arts & entertainment and technology. Professional journalists, students and educators will take part in full- and half-day seminars designed to strengthen and enhance their skills. Workshops throughout the five-day convention will highlight journalism ethics, entrepreneurship, specialized journalism and transitioning journalism skills to book publishing, screen writing and media relations. Early Bird Registration by April 1: $325. Click here for additional conference information or to register.


08–10 NFPW National Communications Conference, “Plains Speaking,” co-hosted by Iowa Press Women and Nebraska Press Women. The conference site will be Harrah’s Casino and Hotel, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Several events will be held in Omaha, Nebraska. Details on registration and pre- and post-conference tours will be available this spring.

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