Two Upcoming Press Club Events: RSVP Today!

Event #1 Jan. 24. Behind-the-Scenes Opportunity – “Covering the Biggest News Story of 2022: Hurricane Ian”

The Press Club of Southwest Florida and the Public Relations Society of America’s Gulf Coast Chapter invite you to a unique program celebrating the work and amazing collaborations of local weather and news teams as they covered Hurricane Ian.

This behind-the-scenes story of how collaborations made continuing media coverage a reality during Hurricane Ian will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at WGCU Studios on the FGCU Campus, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 33965.

Corey Lewis

Registration and networking begin at 3:30 p.m. with a presentation by Corey Lewis, WGCU general manager, and Amy Shumaker, WGCU associate general manager of content, beginning at 4 p.m. In this YouTube segment, Corey gives you a preview of what he and Amy will be presenting.

Following the presentation will be a media mixer reception and tours of the WGCU studios. The media mixer includes complimentary snacks and a cash bar. The cost is $10 for press club and PRSA members, $15 for guests and nonmembers. Working journalists (including reporters, producers, editors, and managers) and high school and college students may attend for free. Registration is required via the PRSA website.

Be sure to register today!

Event #2 Feb. 2. Mass Shootings and Other Crises: Preparing for and Communicating the Unthinkable

Please join us at the Hilton Naples on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, to hear Retired Police Chief Kristen Ziman’s riveting story of leading her police department through a mass shooting.

Chief Kristen Ziman

Chief Ziman came to learn that the key to confronting the certain uncertainty of a crisis is through preparedness. She will walk you through the mass shooting incident that happened under her watch in Aurora, IL. She will highlight other high-profile events, such as the Uvalde, TX, school massacre, through the law enforcement lens of crisis management and media. Chief Ziman is a member of the International Mass Violence Advisory Team and was called upon to serve on the Justice Department panel investigating police response to the Uvalde shooting.

She is also the author of “Reimagining Blue: Thoughts on Life, Leadership, and a New Way Forward in Policing,” a passionate and personal memoir of a misunderstood profession through the vantage point of a female police chief.

Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will follow at noon. The Hilton Naples is located at 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples.

Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for guests, and $20 for students. We encourage you to pre-purchase your ticket online at Eventbrite. Or send an email to to reserve your spot and pay at the door.

We hope to see you there!