Coronavirus Pandemic: Impact on Press Club, Local Media

Monthly Meeting Schedule: No Meeting May 7

We were so sorry to have had to cancel the April lunch meeting and again so disappointed that we will not be able to hold our lunch meeting and program on Thursday, May 7. It is our hope that we will be able to meet at Tiburon Golf Club on Thursday, June 4, where the likely topic will be hurricane season, which is quickly coming upon us. At the June 4 meeting, we also hope to celebrate our current and future Press Club Journalism Scholarship students.

The May 14 meeting of the Press Club Board of Directors will now be a Zoom call. If you have any items for discussion for your board, please send a note to me at or call or send a text to 414.861.3077.

Stay in Touch with Your Press Club

While we cannot meet in person right now, please stay in touch with the Press Club through social media.

You are encouraged to visit these Press Club sites:
Twitter: @pressclubswfl

Thanks to Press Club Communications Chair Mark Young, stories about media and journalism are regularly posted to our Facebook page. One example of a recent post was about the results of research indicating that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, local media is becoming increasingly popular. People are not just watching more news, they are watching more local news. Check out the FB page and Like/Follow us.

Contribute Your Ideas and Thoughts to Scoop Weekly Newsletter

Mark Young, Julie Pedretti

If you read something interesting about media, journalism, First Amendment or Free Press, or have something else you believe would be of interest to other Press Club members, please share your ideas with Mark Young, Communications Committee Chair, at

Additional Thoughts about Press Club Founding Member Jack Mehaffey

Jack Mehaffey

As you read last week in Scoop, John Allen “Jack” Mehaffey, one of the founders of the Naples Press Club (now the Press Club of Southwest Florida), passed away on April 8, 2020, at 83 years of age. Two club members who knew Jack reached out with their thoughts, which we share here.

Phil Beuth, member of the Press Club’s board, shares, “Many of our newer members will not remember Jack Mehaffey, one of our outstanding Naples Press Club personalities. His life was certainly full, not only in business success, but his work with the less fortunate had no limits. He welcomed me to the PC as though I was an old friend, and always was ready to jump into our activities, adding a spark and a smile. I will always remember that great red jacket, and a fine man.”

And long-time member and our Press Club’s Scoop and website resource, Sandy Reed, shares this: “So sorry to learn about Jack’s passing. He was an amazing person — so kind, thoughtful, sweet and generous.“

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