In This Issue:
Taming the Chaos
Ken Grant Show & Tell: “How to Successfully Engage in the
Social Media Scene”
We don't have a choice on whether we
DO social media,
the question is how well we DO it.
- Eric Qualman
Did you find, after you enrolled in a Facebook account, that
you suddenly had more “friends” than the entire population of the First
State? When you say: “I waste a lot of time updating my Facebook page,” do
your friends knowingly nod their heads? Do you spend hours trying to keep up
with the daily flood of email? Are your thumbs worn out from constant
texting? Are you LinkedIn? Do you follow a lot of tweets through Twitter? Or
do you simply feel like a twit because
a) the technology may be way cool but
you feel left out in the cold as you don’t really understand how or why to
use it, or b) you desperately want to “get away from it all” because you
have trouble managing the array of social media that has engulfed your life?
Ken Grant, who has been called Delaware’s “Godfather of
Social Media,” says that although we now have more ways to communicate,
gather information and do research than ever before, “people are willfully
ignorant, and studies show that they are just as ignorant and as uninformed
as ever.” He adds, “We’re at the beginning of a fresh round of chaos unlike
anything we’ve seen before. But citizens using social media effectively now
can be more active participants in the world around them: they can report on
public meetings, start blogs, have a website, tweet. They can live stream
with smart phones. The public now can be more engaged in what is happening.
And those who engage now,” he says, “will shape how we come out the other
Join us in the Community Room at the New Castle Public
Library, in Old New Castle, on Thursday evening, October 6, as Ken talks
about how to tame the chaos. Using a large screen, he will show examples –
some live from the Internet – of how social media influences the way
communication gets done and will demonstrate how to successfully engage in
the social media scene. “For instance,” he says, “you can use Twitter and
Facebook to tell people what’s relevant to them to drive them to a blog, to
articles, to meetings. You also can share pictures and videos.”
has been employed in Delaware media, politics, and business for more than
twenty years – working at 1450 WILM Newsradio through most of the 90s, the
Delaware State News at the turn of the century, and the Republican
Party of Delaware through the 2006 election cycle. Over the past few years,
he says, “I have been working for a manufacturing company in Newark as their
sales and marketing guy, playing, and stirring up all kinds of things in the
realm of social media. I can be found regularly on Twitter, Facebook,
LinkedIn, YouTube, foursquare, and a few other virtual locations.” He adds,
“I live in Newark with a very understanding wife and two teenaged children
who have promised to wait at least twenty years before writing about their
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about taming the chaos
from a social media enthusiast when Ken tells us “How to Successfully Engage
in the Social Media Scene” on Thursday, October 6. We’ll meet in the
Community Room at the New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware Street, Old
New Castle. The program, which is FREE and open to the public, will begin at
7 p.m., but please join us for networking and light refreshments at 6:30
Before the meeting, Ken suggests you dabble a bit in the
ether by reading the
Media Initiative blog and other online publications designed to
encourage people to engage in social media. He also recommends you check out
these links on “the social media revolution.” You’ll be glad you did.
Social Media Revolution 3
Things I’ve learned over 10,000 Tweets - by Ken Grant
How to join the Delaware Twitter Community – super easy edition
Directions to the New Castle Public Library, 424 Delaware
Street, Old New Castle
Take Route 141 South (Basin Road) through Newport, past the
New Castle County Airport and across Route 13 (DuPont Highway). Turn left at
the light at Delaware Street/DE 273. In half a mile, make a slight right on
Delaware Street. The library, at 424 Delaware Street, will be on your right
in .2 mi., just past Fifth Street. There is a parking lot at the library. If
the lot is full, you may park on adjacent streets.
The program is free and open to the public. Join us at 6:30
p.m. for networking and light refreshments. The program will begin at 7 p.m.
To ensure enough seating, please let us know by October 1 if you’ll be
coming. Guests are welcome.
Please send: 1) your name, 2) guests’ names and 3) a
phone number to DelawarePress@aol.com.
Other DPA Dates for your Calendar
November 14 “Freedom of Information in a Digital Age:
The Current FOI Landscape”
Kenneth Bunting, the executive director of the National
Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC), will talk about the
unrestricted free flow of information as a cornerstone of democracy and how
we’re doing regarding freedom of information and open government at the
national level. He then will zero in on open government issues here in
Delaware, such as the increasing cost of access to that which the public
should have: access to records, access to courts, access to data. He will
address ease of access to public documents via the Internet, use of
digitized public information, weaknesses in Delaware’s Freedom of
Information Act, reform of state lobbying laws, the cost to the public when
easy access and open government are lacking, and more.
Goodstay Conference Center, University of Delaware’s
Wilmington Campus, 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware. Reception
6:30 p.m. Program 7 p.m. This program, held in partnership with the Delaware
Coalition for Open Government, is FREE and open to the public.
|DPA Holiday Luncheon
Speaker: Charles Elson, Director, UD Center for Corporate Governance
Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club
May 3, 2012
|Communications Contest Awards
Speaker: Karen Jessee, Owner, Simply Organized
University & Whist Club
We look forward to seeing you on October 6! Register now.
For more information, contact Katherine Ward at
DPA President’s Corner: Bye-bye
by Mark Fowser
From the time I relocated back to Delaware 18 years ago, a
month was not complete without a visit to the purveyor of books, words,
ideas, knowledge and enlightenment on Churchmans Road: Borders.
What a neat concept, I thought at the time: a huge bookstore
and music section with a café, comfortable chairs and couches, and
oftentimes musical entertainment or visits from local or even national
authors. Much of my gift shopping was done there. And it was within walking
distance for me at the time.
Now, Borders is going away. The stores in the local area and
across the country are shutting down, after taking several desperate
measures to stay open. The liquidation sale is already in progress, the café
is closed and the chairs and tables stacked. Shelves are already starting to
Perhaps it is the popularity of e-books and online music
sales, or competition from other national chains. It is hard to believe,
though, that a place where the parking lot always seemed to be full and the
aisles always crowded is going out of business.
Borders now joins other stops on the trip down memory lane,
those places of our youth and young adulthood where we shopped, chatted, met
people and felt a shared experience: Woolco. Kiddie City. Wilmington Dry
Goods. WT Grant. Almart. Pomeroy’s. Mullins. Kennard’s. Wanamaker’s.
Strawbridge and Clothier. Braunstein’s. Silo. And many, many more.
Maybe it is silly to have fond recollections of a place that
was only around less than two decades and, after all, was highly corporate
and centralized. However, having one less place to gather, to roam through
the many aisles of books and read a few excerpts, to sit and chat about
books and ideas with friends or fellow book lovers, to shop and browse is
In the meantime, please support your local booksellers. They
offer that personal service, will special-order something for you if they
don’t have it, and I have found that they are just as welcoming – only
usually without the couches and the coffee. Used-book stores are also easy
to find. As for music, dealers in new and used music abound. Even vinyl is
making a comeback.
There is also the nearby library. Several local libraries
have been renovated and expanded. Library visitation seems to be on the
rise, the computer sections are heavily used, there are comfortable lounge
areas (some with a fireplace), and the staff also brings in special guest
speakers and authors for discussions.
Finally, be sure to keep an eye out for our special DPA
events, programs and panel discussions. We are working on several exciting
ideas, and it won’t be too long before you get an invitation to the annual
In the aftermath of the recent earthquake, Hurricane Irene,
power outages, heatwaves and floods, enjoy the rest of your summer.
Mark Fowser, President of Delaware Press Association, is
affiliated with WHYY 90.9 FM, its website
Delaware First Media (www.delawarefirst.org),
and 1150 AM WDEL and wdel.com. He is
also heard doing radio traffic and news on stations in Philadelphia. Contact
Mark at 302-322-7873 or
Spotlight: Karen Jessee
“Let Someone Else Love It”
many years, Karen Jessee of Simply Organized – writer, speaker, and
professional organizer – was an energetic teacher in several New Castle
County schools. She taught English, but her main focus and true love was
teaching writing. Her students, whether in middle school or in high school,
were the happy beneficiaries of a nurturing learning-environment and many
By 2003, though, Karen was ready for some new challenges.
She retired from teaching and was contemplating her next move when a friend
unknowingly opened the door to a new career when she invited Karen to a
“It all began,” Karen says, “by listening to one man’s
“The women were talking about babies and children; the men
were talking about business and careers. I found myself listening to the
men’s side of the room. I had been conversing with one gentleman for some
time, when suddenly he blurted out that his life had become challenging, and
he had no time to shop for and ready a new home.
“Seeing an opportunity, I suggested that he hire me, and he
did. When his house had been pulled together, he said, ‘This needs to be
your new career. You’re very good at this.’ I was flattered, but I just
didn’t know what ‘this’ was.”
search revealed that not only was there a need for professional organizers,
but that the National Association of Professional Organizers was having its
next convention in Chicago in three weeks. Karen paid the fees, bought an
airline ticket and attended the sessions for beginning organizers. She went
home with information, strategies, and the words, “I can do this” on her
She was in business within a year and began writing about
her insights and experiences three years later. Karen has won several awards
from DPA for her writing on the topics of hoarding, organizing, letting go,
She stresses that in the real world of her profession, there
is a difference between good organizing and good television. “My job is all
about the client,” she says. “Television is all about being dramatic:
solving difficult problems with a veneer of red paint and a new chandelier.
Organizing on television has slipped into the realm of interior design and
home makeovers where it appears that outsiders can come into a person’s home
and rearrange a life without much permission.
“Issues that wouldn’t appear dramatic enough for the camera
are ignored or hidden. Papers piled high are shoved into bins and stored in
the basement. No one wants to hear the dozens of questions I ask before
touching anything. No one is going to find fascinating the hours I spend
coaching weeping clients, helping them downsize and organize papers and
clothing, or decide what they love or don’t love any more.”
But it has been just this kind of intimate work with clients
that has led to the many gentle ways and the humor that she brings to both
her job and to her numerous speaking engagements.
“All of my clients have lives that are challenging,” Karen
says. “We lose our way, and our rooms lose their purpose for any number of
reasons – and they’re all good ones. That’s why I tell people when we work
together: ‘It’s a no shame / no blame project. Let’s just see what we can do
to make sense of it all again.’ I guarantee them three things: We’ll make a
difference, we’ll have a good time, and we’ll find money.”
“It all began,” Karen says of yet another dimension to her
life that unfolded a year after she went into business, “when I lifted the
hem of my skirt.” She had met Thomas Tear during their work together in
theatre in the 1980s. They became dance partners, and, on a chance
invitation to a Civil War ball years later in Annapolis, they became hooked
on the clothing of the period. Thomas, a designer and master sewer, began
experimenting with historical reproductions, making everything from the
underpinnings to the bonnets.
who resides in New Castle, needed more volunteers for the house tours at A
Day in Old New Castle in 2005, so my friend Roxanna and I dressed in our
19th-century clothing and gave talks about one of the houses. I was planted
in the living room; Roxanna was in the adjoining kitchen. Thomas left to
give tours of Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green.
“When the fifth group came through, I realized people looked
bored; they had heard about similar architectural wonders in other houses.
Gripped with a sudden need to make the experience more memorable, I said,
‘You might be interested in what I’m wearing under this dress.’
“Surprised, they all snapped to attention when I lifted the
edge of my huge dress and began an entire presentation of the many layers
and petticoats I was wearing, along with some insights into the customs and
manners of the times. Roxanna overheard, and when people toured the kitchen,
she continued the fashion lesson.
Thomas returned and asked about our day, I replied, ‘Well, I don’t know what
you did, but we gave the under-the-skirt tour of the Civil War.’”
It’s not exactly a cliché to say: “The rest is history.”
That same year, Karen’s offhand comment and the day spent lifting the hem of
her dress became “The Under the Skirt Tour of the Civil War,” an hour-long
presentation with Thomas, Roxanna and Karen that features the many layers
and accessories required to get the mid-Victorian woman (think 1860s,
Scarlett O’Hara, the Civil War) out the door. Since then, the trio also has
collected numerous historical letters, photographs, pieces of clothing, and
jewelry as part of their presentation, which has been well received by
numerous historical societies and groups throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania
and New Jersey. Information can be found on
September, Karen was in London and Bath, England, where the focus is on
Regency dressing: 1780s to 1815 or so (think Josephine, Napoleon's wife).
She visited museums, learned a lot from knowledgeable curators and was part
of a Jane Austin Festival and Promenade, once again, dressed in period
As if all that weren’t enough, Karen also works for an
international resettling company. She helps those coming in from other
countries (working here for banks and chemical companies for 3 to 5 years)
find housing and get the basics (Social Security numbers, driver licenses)
and also gives area tours.
“I wrote an article a few months ago called ‘Let Someone
Else Love It,’” Karen concludes, “and my dream is to offer a series of
single-day events with that same title for which a charity is chosen and
people are asked to bring specific items for just that group on that day.
Humane Society - linens; Urban Bike Project - bikes; Habitat for Humanity -
hardware and tools; Sunday Breakfast Mission - men's clothing and food.
We'll see. Every time I think I'm organizing a one-act play, it quickly
becomes an opera with a cast of thousands.”
Karen Jessee will be the speaker at the DPA
Communications Contest Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Contact
Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she
invites you to visit her website:
DPA Members Take 36 Awards in
National Communications Contest
2011 Contest Wrap-Up . . . and Heads Up for 2012
by Annie Nefosky, 2011 Communications Contest Director
At the DPA Communications Contest Awards Banquet in April,
we were impressed by “the power of one” as we listened to Lee Anderson tell
how she guided a band of volunteers to bring historic Riverview Cemetery on
Market Street back to life after years of woeful neglect; we enjoyed the
display of some of the outstanding work that took top awards in the 2011
Communications Contest; and we gave out awards galore. In addition to the
award certificates for excellence in communication, we also gave cash
prizes. The sweepstakes winners (those whose collective wins earned the most
points) were Kathy Canavan, freelancer, 1st ($250), Allan Loudell, WDEL, 2nd
($250) and Lisa Tossey, UD Marine Public Education Office, 3rd ($100).
Of the 76 first-place entries in the DPA contest, 43 went on
to the NFPW national competition. Forty-nine DPA members received national
awards, some of which were joint awards. Collectively, they scored 21
first-place awards, 7 second-place awards, 7 thirds and 1 honorable mention.
Each entry in the national competition already had received a first-place
award at the state level. Congratulations to one and all!
Three DPA members will be at the 2011 NFPW “Plains Speaking”
Communications Conference, jointly hosted by Iowa Press Women and Nebraska
Press Women, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on September 10, to receive their
first place awards: Beth Miller (special series: “Heartbreak in Haiti” in
The News Journal); Roxane Ferguson (one- to three-color brochure for
the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce), and Suki Deen Eleuterio
(feature story, publication for general or specialized circulation: “Lost
Boy: Finds Home” in WilmU Magazine).
complete list of DPA’s 2011 national award winners.
you will receive a DPA contest “call for entries” in October, I encourage
you to start thinking about what you’d like to enter in this year’s contest.
The end of the year can be such a busy time to try to sort through a year’s
worth of work to determine what should be entered. Please take this into
consideration now and start looking through work you published in 2011 that
you might like to enter in the 2012 DPA contest in January. Entry fees will
remain the same as in the last few years.
For more info on the DPA Contest, contact Annie
Nefosky at email@example.com.
2011 Common Wealth Award Recipients See
Hope for America’s Future
Congress, Fiscal Responsibility, Communications Delivery
Systems, Prison Reform
by Anitra Johnson
citizens of the world who have enriched the global community through their
life’s work arrived at the Hotel du Pont on April 16, 2011, for an
invitation-only ceremony to present them with the Common Wealth Award for
Distinguished Service and to honor their contributions to humanity. The
Common Wealth Awards were first presented in 1979 by the Ralph Hayes Common
Wealth Trust. PNC Bank serves as trustee and administrator of the trust,
created under the will of the late Ralph Hayes, an influential business
executive and philanthropist. When welcoming the award recipients, PNC
Regional President Connie Bond Stuart said, “While each has traveled a
different road to success, these high achievers act on a shared belief in
the power of an individual to effect change and make a difference for many.”
press conference opened with a question for George Will, Pulitzer
Prize-winning columnist and America’s foremost political commentator. The
question was on the Major League Baseball scandals but quickly turned to
politics and the ability of Congress to solve the country’s financial woes.
“Congress isn’t the problem,” Will quipped. “Congress is a representative
institution, and it represents all too well the American public with its
divided mind and its uncontrolled appetites; therefore, the Congress will do
pretty much what the American people will let them do.” Will, who received
the Common Wealth Award for excellence in mass communications, concluded: “I
do think Congress is more engaged on the serious fiscal crisis coming up in
the country than it has been in my lifetime.”
Richardson, the 30th Governor of New Mexico (2003–2011), added that he
wasn’t sure of the cause of the current political vitriol and remarked, “I
think we’ve lost control of the process.” Richardson affirmed his belief
that the country will rise above the divisiveness that permeates Washington,
D.C. “I do believe that after this fiscal mess, hopefully, is sorted out
that we will develop a process, at least with the budget, that will have
some long-range implications on how we spend our money.” Richardson, the
former U.S. Energy Secretary under Bill Clinton, served as the U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations between 1997 and 1998 and was a U.S.
Representative from New Mexico from 1980 to 1994. His award was for service
in the field of government.
to a question about social media’s influence on literature, internationally
acclaimed novelist, poet and short story writer Russell Banks, said that,
unlike his contemporaries, he welcomes the advent of technology. “I regard
it primarily as a radical shift in the delivery system of story . . . that’s
equivalent to the invention of the printing press.” Banks received the CWA
Blair, noted human-rights lawyer and campaigner for women’s equality,
answered a question about one of her greatest challenges. The wife of former
British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, she replied that in the previous two
years she had been adjusting to life after living at No. 10 Downing Street,
“one of the most famous addresses in the world,” but the real challenge, as a mother of four, “is
always to make sure that my children remain grounded.” When asked about
applying human rights policies to civilian prisons, she stated that in
general, current prison policy is “stuck in a Victorian mindset.” Blair
contrasted treatment of prisoners in America and said such practices “are
unacceptable in the UK.” She believes prisoners should be treated “with
dignity, . . . as people you have to believe will be reformed.” An award
recipient in the area of public service, Blair acknowledged there always
will be a small percentage of offenders who are so dangerous they will have
to be contained, but containment should be tempered with humanity.
John Fairchild, a senior at Wilmington Friends School; Lisa Jacques, a
junior at St. Andrew's School; Faith Lyons, a junior at Tower Hill School;
and Brianne Sands, a junior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, were the
Delaware students recognized at the press conference as winners of an essay
contest on why they wanted to meet one of the four 2011 Common Wealth
The evening concluded with a banquet in the Gold Ballroom and the award
ceremony, with former U.S. Congressman Mike Castle and State Treasurer Chip
Flowers in attendance. Acceptance speeches touched on baseball (Will),
fairness (Richardson), being overshadowed by your husband (Blair) and the
literary arts (Banks).
Anitra Johnson is Secretary to the DPA Board of Directors. Contact
Anitra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Common Wealth Awards photos © NewsBreak editor Jenny
Shields, The Media Works, Inc. Contact Jenny at
WordPlay . . . for Wordsmiths
by Bob Yearick
Orientation session needed
A recent story in the “Iceland Review Online” recounted the
misadventure of a tourist who became disoriented in the rain and fog
after a 10-hour hike around a large glacier in south Iceland. The
headline was: “Lost Tourist Found by Glacier After Hours of
Searching,” indicating that the headline writer was as disoriented
as the poor tourist.
Theory of Relativity
Repeat after me: When the antecedent of a relative pronoun is a human being
rather than an inanimate object or something non-human, the relative pronoun
is “who.” What? Let’s take a closer look.
Combine the following sentences. The word “who” (the
relative pronoun) is used because it “relates” to a person, the “teacher”:
Leah Jones is a teacher. She heads the math department
at the high school.
The result: Leah Jones is a teacher WHO heads the
math department at the high school.
If the antecedent is an inanimate object (the high school in
the example below), the relative pronoun will be “that.” Example:
West Lake is a high school. This high school has
received many awards for academic excellence.
The result: West Lake is a high school THAT has
received many awards for academic excellence.
The bad news: Many people, whether speaking or writing, tend
to use “that” in both instances.
So, here’s the lesson: Choose the relative pronoun “who”
when the antecedent is human. As Wilford Brimley would say, “It’s the right
thing to do” – relatively speaking.
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
Membership Numbers Are Outstanding
by Allison Taylor Levine, APR
Since the beginning of 2011, nearly 150 of you have responded to the request
to renew your DPA membership and are listed in the online DPA Membership
Directory, which is updated frequently. Throughout the year, we will
continue to add names of new and renewing members to the directory.
To make sure YOU remain listed among the top communicators in the First
State, though, please click one of the links below to renew your membership
if you haven’t yet done so! Contact me if you’re not sure. Only members paid
for 2011 are included in the directory. The names of those who didn’t renew
by the end of April have been removed.
For just $20 a year, you have access to all that DPA offers. 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.
You only have to read this issue of DPA NewsBreak to see that 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
– Get DPA Membership Form to Join or Renew and Pay by
– Make DPA Membership Payment Online with CREDIT CARD
– NFPW / DPA Dual Membership Form –
NFPW Directory and Member Milestone Logos available through
the NFPW Website
One of the new features of the NFPW website is a member
database that allows members to update their own information and to have
their own user ID and password. If you are a 2011 member of NFPW, you can
to register on the website and update your details. You must use a
unique password. The form will not allow you to set up a password that
someone else is using.
you’ve registered, you can sign in to the Member Home page at any time. If
you’ve been a member of NFPW/DPA for five or more years, sign in to get the
link to a page of member milestone logos in increments of five years. Put
the NFPW logo in your email signature, on your blog or Web site or anywhere
else you'd like to use it. Right click the image that corresponds to the
length of your membership and save it to your files.
Be sure to contact me if you’re not sure of your membership
status, if you need username and password info to access the directory or if
you need help with any other membership-related issue.
Allison Taylor Levine is DPA’s Membership Director.
For membership information, contact Allison at email@example.com
DPA Welcomes New Members
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:
Lee Anderson, Ph.D., Chadds Ford, Pa. –
Psychologist / President, Friends of Historic Riverview Cemetery
James F. (Jim) Charles, Jr., Wilmington –
Sr. Correspondent, St. Anthony Parish Bulletin
JulieAnne S. Cross, Wilmington –
Owner, CrossPro, LLC
Diane Hernandez, New Castle –
Blogger, Blue Hen Conservative
Paul Kennard, Bear –
Producer / Director / Editor, WITN-TV22
Jason O'Neill, Bear –
James D. (Jaime) Schneider, Rehoboth Beach –
Author / Publisher, Wayward Stories
DPA Media Mavens & Mavericks
. . . is a column about our members’ personal and
professional achievements. Names of new DPA members featured in this column
Please send any information about your honors, achievements
and awards to
firstname.lastname@example.org by the 1st of any month for
publication in the next issue.
DPA members featured in this issue:
September Media Mavens
• Grace Brame / Katherine Ward
• Jamie Brown
• Kim Burdick
• Kathryn Canavan
• Jan Churchill
• JulieAnne Cross *
• Gordon DelGiorno
• Barbara Gray / JoAnn Balingit / Mary Pauer
• Fay Jacobs
• John Lake / Patricia Lake
• Marjorie Miller
• Josh Shannon
• Rachel Simon
Grace Brame, Ph.D., theologian, pastor, author, international
speaker, singer, retreat leader and professor of religion (ret.) at both
Villanova and LaSalle universities, received a national first-place award in
the 2011 NFPW Communications Contest for her book The Cross: Payment or
Gift? Rethinking the Death of Jesus (edited by Katherine Ward).
On August 14, Grace preached what she says “may be my last sermon at
my home church, St. Mark's Lutheran,” at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service
and the 11 a.m. contemporary service. The subject: Treasure. St. Mark’s,
where she was married, has been Grace’s spiritual home and family for 54
Grace says she will be moving to North Carolina before long
and adds: “Whom do you know who wants a wonderful, slightly unusual home and
garden at a fabulous location? I haven't sold it yet.”
For a copy of The Cross,
click here to purchase it through Amazon.com. Copies of several of her
other books also are available through
Contact Grace Brame at
Contact Katherine Ward at
• Jamie Brown’s Broadkill River Press proudly
announces the publication of its first full-length collection of short
fiction, Domain of the Lower Air, by award-winning Australian writer
Maryanne Khan, whose prose and poetry have been published in anthologies and
literary journals in Australia and the U.S. A student of art theory, Kahn’s
deftly sketched stories portray small-town life and contemporary urban
anxieties in Italy, Australia and America. Gargoyle Magazine Editor
Richard Peabody writes that the author “steps lightly between good and evil
in her eight secular tales of faith, loss, death, disappointment, and lies,
and Khan’s magical creations dance on the proverbial head of a pin . . .
Contact Jamie Brown for more information at
Kim Burdick, curator at the historic Hale-Byrnes House (built circa
1750 and on the National Register of Historic Places) at 606 Old
Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, invites you to “come and bring your kids
for part or all of the free program, ‘A Revolutionary Evening: The Annual
Lafayette's Birthday Celebration’ on Sunday, September 4, from 4 to 9 p.m.
The program is co-sponsored by Alliance Française de Wilmington and the
American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware, and is partially
underwritten by the Delaware Humanities Forum's Speakers' Bureau.”
Special programs will be held throughout the afternoon and
4:00 p.m. Willis Phelps will portray an African-American
soldier of the American Revolution.
5:00 p.m. Covered dish dinner. Please take a dish to pass. (Enough
for 4-6 people suggested.)
7:00 p.m. Gene Pisasale will give a talk on the Marquis de Lafayette.
Kim adds: “You may want to bring a folding lawn chair or
blanket to sit on –
and maybe even a fishing pole, because the White Clay
Creek flows along directly behind the house!”
Note: During the Revolutionary War, The Hale-Byrnes House
was General George Washington’s “General Staff Headquarters” on September 6,
1777, three days after the Battle of Cooch's Bridge. There he, the Marquis
de Lafayette and other Continental Army officers held a war council,
possibly sitting under the large tree to the right of the house (see photo
above). Shortly thereafter, the soldiers under their command marched north
to Chadds Ford where they fought the British at the Battle of the
Brandywine. For more information about the house and its history, and to see
photos of the house and grounds along White Clay Creek, please visit
Contact Kim Burdick at
• Kathryn Canavan has been named a 2011 National
Health Journalism Fellow by USC's Annenberg School of Communication.
Nominated for the fellowship by Delaware First Media, Kathy was one of 19
fellows from 14 states and Puerto Rico who were selected on the basis of
published clips and a health-project proposal. Fellows include freelancers
as well as staffers from the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News,
Minnesota Public Radio and other outlets.
The 2011 fellows spent the week of July 24 in Los Angeles
seminars with nationally renowned health experts, policy analysts and
community health leaders. They also met with former national fellows who
shared their how-to tips for reporting complicated health data so that it
engages readers. Because the goal of the fellowships, sponsored by the
California Endowment, is to create high-quality, high-impact health
journalism that will keep community health issues squarely in the public
spotlight, each fellow will complete a journalism project by the end of
2011. Kathy's will be published by Delaware First Media.
Contact Kathryn Canavan at
• Jan Churchill – corporate pilot, member of the
Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame and author of a number of books on aviation,
both civilian and military – writes, “Sorry I couldn't make the DPA summer
fun event at Twin Lakes as I was running a Summer Concert Series in New
Castle, which takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in July and at
6:45 p.m. the first two Wednesdays in August. The New Castle Lions Club is
host for the series, and I have been the person in charge for 11 years. The
Concerts are held at Battery Park along the Delaware River in New Castle (we
are across from the Good Will Fire Co. and some tennis courts), and there
usually is a cool breeze. The concerts are free, and all are welcome.”
Contact Jan Churchill at
• Through her business, CrossPro LLC, new member
JulieAnne Cross says, "I represent non-profits, festivals, entrepreneurs
and fine dining establishments to the media and the technorati through
public relations, social media and project management. Writing is critical,
but relationship-building is the core of my business." JulieAnne adds that
she and two other women in the industry have collaborated to begin offering
social media education to those seeking it. "We are also founders and
charter members of the first
official Delaware chapter of the Social Media Club." Check out these links
to the Social
Media Club, Delaware and to
Contact JulieAnne Cross at
• Gordon DelGiorno, Producer/Director, Film Brothers
Productions of Wilmington, invites you to attend the 4th Annual Film
Brothers Festival of Shorts, presented by Carl Doubet Jewelers, on Friday,
September 23, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, September 24, at 9 p.m. The festival
of short films will take place at
Theatre N at Nemours, 11th & Tatnall Streets, Wilmington. Gordon says,
“Remember the shout out to Delaware by Luke Matheny at the Academy Awards?
Come see his Oscar Award-winning God of Love defend its 2010 Festival
of Shorts crown against top short films from around the world! This is Film
Brothers’ most popular event, so reserve your tickets now There are two
nights this year as part of the
Festival 2011, Delaware's five-day celebration of unconventional and
experimental art in the city of Wilmington. Hope to see you there!” (See
the Calendar of Events for Festival of Shorts details in the September
Contact Gordon DelGiorno at
“Both poetry and prose are represented by strong artists
– including two
DPA members – from each art form at the September 24, 2011, Delaware
Regional Writers Conference in Dover,” according to conference organizer
Barbara Gray, director of the Delaware Literary Connection (DLC), the
JoAnn Balingit, who was named Delaware's Poet
Laureate in 2008, teaches poetry in schools and organizations across the
state, and coordinates state-wide projects for poets and writers, such as
Delaware’s Scholastic Writing Awards, a national recognition program for
young authors in grades 7 through 12. She lives with her family in Newark.
She will give a poetry workshop titled: "Visions of My Neighborhood:
Exploring the Power of Language” that will foster dialogue about the nature
of community: what it is, what makes it thrive, what puts it at risk and how
neighbors sustain each other and their humanity. Participants will use basic
poetic devices to write and explore ideas about their neighborhoods . . .
past, present and future.
Author Mary Pauer runs writing workshops, teaches
literary criticism for the Academic Challenge Program, is on the faculty of
New Rivers Press and is the 2011 Delaware Division of the Arts emerging
artist in fiction. Her prize-winning short fiction is widely published, and
her short story, “Sand Trap,” won a first prize in both the DPA and the NFPW
2011 communications contests. Mary’s prose workshop, “Suburban Noir,” will
focus on how skilled writers build characters who fall victim to their own
fatal flaws, who come face to face with the dark side of life and run
screaming from their beds in the middle of the night.
The conference is made possible, in part, by a grant from
the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and
supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment
for the Arts.
For more information about the conference or to sign up,
click here to go to the Calendar of Events and find the September 24 entry or just
go directly to the DLC
website (the conference agenda, workshop descriptions, bios and
registration form can be found under the conference tab).
Contact Barbara Gray at
Contact JoAnn Balingit at email@example.com.
Contact Mary Pauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a spectacular bit of timing, Fay Jacobs, publisher of A&M Books is
releasing the book Out of Step by Milton resident J. Lee Watton on
the same day that the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy is lifted.
Out of Step is a memoir about five Navy WAVEs accused of being lesbians
and dismissed from the military in 1965. Fay says, “It's a terrific book – fascinating, infuriating, emotional and even humorous.”
Contact Fay Jacobs at
• John Lake, CFO of GreenTV, writes: “We are in the
final steps of publishing Green Delaware magazine, which will debut
Sunday, September 18, at
DE Green Fest 2011,
where we will be handing out 10,000 copies of the premiere issue. The DE
Green Fest, hosted by the Delaware Home Builders Association, with our
and GreenTV.com as the
major sponsors, will be held on the Legislative Mall, Dover, from 11 a.m. –
John adds: “My sister, Patricia Lake, former senior editor of
Delaware Today, now lives and works in Maryland and recently received a
master’s degree in journalism, after 20+ years, by taking classes at night
and on weekends. Pat will be the editor and creative director for Green
Contact John Lake at email@example.com.
• Marjorie Miller, a columnist for the Delaware
Coast Press, had a fascinating article published in the August issue of
Delaware Beach Life Magazine. Titled “Two Old Salts Who Rode the Wind
to Racing Glory,” it’s about two men from Lewes in their late eighties who,
Marjorie says, “were fast friends on land and fierce competitors on the
water. They raced their Mobjacks against one another for 74 years!”
the entire story, click here, then, at the top of the page, click “Back
Issues.” Choose the July 2011 issue, which shows a diving bird against gray
water on the cover. Click on “Riding the Wind” when the cover displays, and
you’ll get the article. It’s worth the effort.
Contact Marjorie Miller at
Josh Shannon, who was editor-in-chief of the University of Delaware’s
independent student newspaper, The Review, for the last two years,
has the coolest first job. After graduating from UD in the spring, he began
working at the Cecil Whig in Elkton, Md., and recently was chosen by
the Whig's parent company, ACM Newsroom (American Consolidated Media News),
to help pilot the company's Digital Reporter Project, a mobile journalism
training and beta testing program. Josh says, “I’ve got an iPad and some
other mobile equipment. The idea is that I'll be able to do most of my
writing/tweeting/posting from the field, so I'll be able to update the Web
faster and get out in the community more.”
With the experience he already has in video editing,
blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other social media and the experience he’s
getting working several beats, including business, features, Newark and
general assignments, Josh has become a talented multimedia journalist.
Contact Josh Shannon at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Twitter: @jdshan or 302-563-0501. Josh also
invites you to visit his website at
• Rachel Simon was featured in the July 10, 2011, “10 Things To Do
This Week” column of the Sunday News Journal: Under “Check this off,”
the entry read “Wilmington resident Rachel Simon’s novel The Story of
Beautiful Girl hit the top 100 on Amazon and
bn.com last week, thanks
largely to a rave review by Philly author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes)
on ‘The Today Show’!”
Rachel invites you to
read her blog to
keep up with her latest news. A post to the blog at the end of July says: “The
Story of Beautiful Girl [is] proving popular among book clubs, [and]
I’ve also been visiting groups across the country – from the comfort of my
own home in Delaware. This used to be impossible, but speaker phones and
Skype video calls now make it very easy. I’ve loved meeting these book clubs
. . . [and] my hope is that this post will inspire book clubs to contact
more authors to see if they’re able to visit by Skype and phone, and that
the authors they reach will have the time, and desire, to say yes. I can
easily promise . . . that a splendid time will be had by all.”
Contact Rachel Simon 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
08–10 NFPW National Communications Conference, “Plains
Speaking,” co-hosted by Iowa Press Women and Nebraska Press Women will
be held September 8–10 at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel, Council Bluffs, Iowa,
Several events will be held directly across the Missouri River in Omaha,
registration, workshops and conference events are available on the NFPW
website. For more information, contact Lori Potter at
10 “Re-Discovering your Career Passion.” My Career
Transitions. Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, Pa. Do you ever feel like
you've lost touch with the enthusiasm and excitement you once felt about
your career? Are you cynical or resigned in your work attitude? In this
interactive workshop, career expert and author Ford R. Myers will help you
re-discover your career passion. 9:45–11:45 a.m. Free.
Click here for more Information or to register.
12 Women's Economic Security Forum: “Promoting Equal Pay,
Workplace Flexibility and Resources for Women-Owned Business.” Attend a
lively program and panel discussion on why the wage gap between men and
women persists, how it impacts individuals, families and communities, and
actions we can take towards fair pay. Workshop topics include workplace
flexibility, paid sick leave, and government resources for small,
women-owned businesses. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, 33rd and
Chestnut Streets. 8 a.m. to noon. Free. For more information, contact
15 Annual TV Showcase. Philly Ad Club at Loews,
Philadelphia, Pa. A mega-event featuring personalities and showcasing the
new, fun, and exciting programming of the regional TV stations! Enjoy an
entertaining luncheon and learn what each regional TV station has to offer
for the coming Fall Season. Also, meet this year's Philly's Future
Scholarship Awards winners. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $55 members; $80 non-members.
Click here for more
information or to register.
18 DE Green Fest 2011. Hosted by the Delaware Home
Builders Association and sponsored by
Legislative Mall, Dover. Celebrate the best in green! Sustainable
communities begin with finding solutions to help make our lives healthier –
socially, economically and environmentally. Entertainment is scheduled
throughout the day, including crafts, music, food, games, activities for
children and, of course, lots of good information and demonstrations on
Green Living and Green Technology!” 11 a.m.–4 p.m. rain or shine!
Get more information.
22 “PR: The State of the Industry,” hosted by PRSA
Philly, PPRA and PBPRS. The Downtown Club, 6th and Chestnut Streets,
Philadelphia, Pa. The first of its kind, this collaborative conference will
bring together leaders in the field of communications from some of the top
industries across the region to discuss the state of the PR industry. This
conference will feature a panel discussion moderated by Lee Marshall, vice
president at BusinessWire, as well as various break-out sessions covering
such topics as: Corporate Communications, Crisis Communications,
Health Care and Social Media. 8–11 a.m. $45 members; $25 students. Visit
for updated information.
Register for this event now!
23–24 4th Annual Film Brothers Festival of Shorts,
presented by Carl Doubet Jewelers.
Theatre N at Nemours, 11th & Tatnall Streets, Wilmington. Remember the
shout out to Delaware by Luke Matheny at the Academy Awards? See his Oscar
Award-winning God of Love defend its 2010 Festival of Shorts crown against
top short films from around the world! This is Film Brothers’ most popular
event. So reserve your tickets now. Part of the
Festival 2011. Two nights this year:
Friday, 9/23: opening reception at Delaware Breast
Cancer Coalition (across from Theatre N),
5 p.m., movies at 7 p.m. $20 per ticket, opening reception (light fare
and drinks) and movies.
Saturday, 9/24: movies only at 7 p.m. $10 per ticket.
Must be 18 years and older to attend. Viewer discretion
advised. Beer, wine, soft drinks and concessions available for purchase
inside Theatre N both nights.
info or purchase tickets.
24 2011 Delaware Regional Writers Conference,
sponsored by the Delaware Literary Connection. Slaybaugh Hall, Wesley
College, 120 North State Street, Dover. Workshops in both poetry and prose.
Made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a
state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in
partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Full-day conference
begins at 9 a.m. $30 general admission; $20 for students. Parking is free in
any of the college parking lots.
For more info or to sign
up, go directly to the DLC website (the conference agenda, workshop
descriptions, bios and registration form can be found under the conference
25–27 Excellence in Journalism: 2011 Convention.
You’ll want to be in New Orleans for what’s destined to be a historic
gathering of more than 1,000 news professionals discussing responsible best
practices important to the success of our business. Dozens of workshops,
from extended leadership training to hands-on advanced media taught by the
best in our business. C’mon, it’s the Big Easy! The rest is up to you.
Sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA, formerly
RTNDA) in partnership with the Society of Professional Journalists.
Registration: $195. Full convention package rate: $425. If you have any
questions regarding membership, please contact Kevin Benz, chair-elect of
RTDNA and chair of convention planning, at 512-550-5550.
06 DPA Meeting: Taming the Chaos – Ken Grant Show &
Tell: “How to Successfully Engage in the Social Media Scene.” Speaker: Ken
Grant. Community Room at the New Castle Public Library, Old New Castle.
Ken will talk about how to tame the chaos. Using a large screen, he will
show examples – some live from the Internet – of how social media influences
the way communication gets done and will demonstrate how to successfully engage in the social media scene. Networking &
light refreshments 6:30 p.m.; Program 7 p.m. FREE and open to the public. For more info, contact:
302-655-2175. Click to register.
06 “Skill Up & Spring Ahead: A Career Workshop for
Women,” presented by Springboard Careers. Blue Ball Barn, 1914 West Park
Drive, Wilmington. Two Parts: 1) “Find Your Focus.” For any woman who is
thinking about career redirection but isn’t sure what she’d like to do,
whether currently employed or looking to restart a career but doesn’t know
where her skills fit in today’s environment; 2) “Ramp up Your Résumé.”
Participants will learn best practices for current résumé styles and
standards and will visit case studies of typical career re-entrants or women
in career transitions. 7–9 p.m. $40. For more info, contact JulieAnne S.
Cross at email@example.com
14 37th Annual JASPER Awards Dinner Reception. Jersey
Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association. PNC Bank Arts Center,
Holmdel, N.J., 5:30 p.m. $115.
Click here for more information or to register.
14 DPA Meeting: “Freedom of Information in a Digital Age:
The Current FOI Landscape.” Speaker: Kenneth Bunting, executive
director, National Freedom of Information Coalition. Presented by Delaware
Press Association and the Delaware Coalition for Open Government. Goodstay
Conference Center, University of Delaware’s Wilmington Campus, 2600
Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington. Bunting will talk about the status of
freedom of information and open government at the national level and then
will focus on open government issues in Delaware: the increasing cost of
access, use of digitized public information and getting public documents via
the Internet, reform of state lobbying laws and more. Reception 6:30 p.m.
Program 7 p.m. This program is FREE and open to the public. For more info:
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
16 21st Annual Business Women's Expo! Hosted by New
Castle County Chamber of Commerce and the 2011 Business Women’s Expo!
planning committee. Educational workshops, networking and exhibitor
showcase; keynote luncheon featuring Kay Frances, MBA, “America’s funniest
stressbuster.” Sponsorships and prime booth spaces are still available.
Email Heather Fisher at email@example.com
for booth information. Contact Pamela Mayse at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-294-2062 for
sponsorship information. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Clayton Hall, Route 896 North,
University of Delaware, Newark.
Click here for more info.
10 DPA Holiday Luncheon. Speaker: Charles Elson,
Director, University of Delaware’s Center for Corporate Governance.
11:30 a.m. social gathering; 12:30 p.m. luncheon, speaker, presentation of
2012 Communicator of Achievement. Deerfield Golf & Tennis Club, Newark. For
more info, contact
03 DPA Communications Contest Awards Banquet & Annual
Meeting. Speaker: Karen Jessee, Owner, Simply Organized. University &
Whist Club, 805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware. 5:30 p.m. social
gathering and book signing; 6:30 p.m. dinner, speaker and awards
presentation. University & Whist Club, 805 N. Broom Street, Wilmington.
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