WMPRSA Presents Meet the Media - March 20, 2014

Meet the Media WMPRSA presents MEET THE MEDIA on March 20, 2014.  Calling all communication and PR pros to “speed pitch” area editors, reporters and producers. [REGISTER HERE]

WMPRSA’s annual “Meet the Media” event has always been one of our most highly attended programs. This month, we will welcome the return of our popular “speed pitching” format.

Throughout the program, participants will meet one-on-one with members of the media during timed speed pitching sessions. For a few minutes, you will have the undivided attention of news directors, editors and reporters from local television and radio stations, daily, weekly and monthly publications and online outlets.

These three-minute meetings go fast – so, be prepared, plan your story pitches and maximize your time.

Arrive early to book those coveted appointments. The appointment sign-up sheets will be available at 11 a.m.

Media Participants (as of 3/12 - check website for updates)

  • Dan Boers – Assistant News Director, WOOD TV 8
  • Marty Primeau – Managing Editor, Grand Rapids Magazine
  • Matthew Russell – Editor, UIX Grand Rapids
  • Karie James – Assignment Manager, WXMI FOX 17
  • Chelsie Wyse – Community Engagement Specialist, The Rapidian
  • Shelley Irwin – Morning Show Host/Producer, WGVU
  • Joanne Bailey-Boorsma – Editor, MLive Media Group
  • Dave Jaconette – Program Director / Host: Sound Off West Michigan, 107.3 WBBL / NewsTalk 1340 WJRW
  • Phil Tower – Director of Programming, Newsradio WOOD 1300
  • Valerie Lego – Health Reporter/Host Healthy You, WZZM TV 13
  • Jennifer Pascua – Reporter – Weekend Anchor, WZZM TV 13
  • Chris Ehrlich – Online Editor, Grand Rapids Business Journal
  • Shandra Martinez – Business Reporter, MLive Media Group
  • Zane McMillin – Community Engagement Specialist, MLive Media Group
  • Elizabeth Slowik Sinkevics – Editor, LocalSpins.com


Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • 11 AM: Registration/Lunch (vegetarian option available)
  • 11:30 AM - 1 PM: Speed Pitching


Wege Conference Center Cathedral Square Center (2nd Floor) 360 Division Ave S. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Please note: Cathedral Square Center is a four story building at the corner of Division and Wealthy. Parking is available in the ramp next to the Cathedral Square Center. You may enter the ramp on Wealthy St. SE or Goodrich St. SE. and park on the lower or upper levels where spots are available.


  • Member $25
  • Non-Member $35
  • Student $20
  • Please note there is an additional $5 fee for registration at the door.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 18.

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/1ielnaf

Miss the PRoof Awards early entry deadline? Don't miss late entry deadline of 2/27!

proof The West Michigan Public Relations Society of America invites you to submit entries for the 2014 PRoof Awards!

Thursday, April 24, 2014 The Ballroom at CityFlatsHotel, Downtown Grand Rapids

Each year West Michigan public relations professionals, agencies and corporate communications teams are invited to enter their best work into the WMPRSA PRoof Awards. It’s that time again. On Thursday, April 24, 2014 during the 29th Annual PRoof Gala we will celebrate the hard work and acknowledge the accomplishments of all winners with a fun evening of food, networking and an awards presentation.

Entry Deadlines Late: Entries submitted at or before noon on Feb. 27, 2014


CAMPAIGNS Per-Entry Fee by noon on Feb. 27, 2014: $75 PRSA Member / $100 Non-Member

TACTICS Per-Entry Fee by noon on Feb. 27, 2014: $75 PRSA Member / $100 Non-Member

2014 PRoof Entry Guidelines (includes directions to upload entries and pay online)

WMPRSA 2014 Calendar of Events

Save the date for WMPRSA in 2014 - our calendar of events is now available: FEBRUARY 20 | PROGRAM How to Get Hired Find out, from the people who do the hiring, how to land a job in the toughest job market in decades.

MARCH 20 | PROGRAM Meet the Media WMPRSA’s annual “Meet the Media” event with its popular “speed pitching” format has always been one of our most highly attended programs.

APRIL | SPECIAL EVENT PRoof Awards Our annual award program showcases the best practices and campaigns from our industry.

MAY 22 | PROGRAM Video Production More than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute - so how do you stand out?

JUNE 19 | PROGRAM How to Get Started in Freelancing Learn from our seasoned panel how to turn freelancing into a portfolio-building opportunity, a way to transition between jobs or a life-long calling.

JULY TBD | PROGRAM PR, the Pyramid Scheme and the Meanwhile Hear how public relations helped local entrepreneur Tami VandenBerg built the brands of two unique Grand Rapids bars –Meanwhile and Pyramid Scheme.

AUGUST TBD | PROGRAM National PR Campaign Case Studies A look at successful PR and social campaigns from local brands with a national presence, told through the lens of the brands and their agency partners.

SEPTEMBER 18 | PROGRAM Launching GR’s Downtown Market One year in, Grand Rapids' Downtown Market has firmly established itself as a popular destination for West Michigan's burgeoning epicurean community. Find out how PR helped drive their successful launch.

OCTOBER 23 | PROGRAM Pitching Morning Producers Get the inside track on pitching the highly visible morning newscasts in West Michigan from our panel of morning show producers.

NOVEMBER 20 | PROGRAM MLive All Access Attend this panel discussion and speed-pitching opportunity with dozens of reporters from across the MLive Media Group outlets - The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On The Town.

WMPRSA programs are held at Eve Lounge inside The B.O.B. located on 20 Monroe Ave.  Advance registration is requested though walk-ins are accommodated. WMPRSA members benefit from a reduced price.


WMPRSA members: Purchase the nine-program luncheon series for $175 and save $50 – the cost of two luncheons! [NOTE: Luncheon series does not include the PRoof Awards.]

Program: How to Get Hired – February 20, 2014

yourehiredFind out from the people who do the hiring how to land a job in the toughest job market in decades. What happens after you submit your carefully prepared resume and cover letter? What can you do to stand out in a sea of fellow applicants for choice jobs? Our expert panel has decades of experience in recruiting and hiring that you'll be able to tap into at this program.  Register Here....


  • Steve Groenink, Managing Director, Lambert Edwards & Associates
  • Jim D'Amico, Director of Talent Acquisition, Spectrum Health
  • David Dart, Vice President, Global Human Resources, BISSELL Homecare, Inc.


Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 11:30 am - 1 pm


Eve Lounge at The B.O.B. 20 Monroe NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503


  • Member $25.00
  • Nonmember $35.00
  • Student $20.00

[Register Here]

Are you a member? Subscribe to our 2014 Luncheon Series and save $50 - the cost of two luncheons! Get the details here.

RSVP by Tuesday, February 18.

Buy the WMPRSA "Season Pass" and Get Two Programs Free

WMPRSA is once again offering its members a subscription rate for its upcoming 2014 programs!

Members who subscribe receive $50.00 off the series - the cost of two luncheons! This low cost rate is only available to WMPRSA members and covers your attendance to ALL of the upcoming luncheon programs:

  • FEBRUARY 20 - How to Get Hired
  • MARCH 20 - Meet the Media
  • MAY 22 - Video Production
  • JUNE 19 - How to Get Started in Freelancing
  • JULY TBD - PR, the Pyramid Scheme and the Meanwhile
  • AUGUST TBD – National PR Campaign Case Studies
  • SEPTEMBER 18 – Launching GR’s Downtown Market
  • OCTOBER 23 – Pitching Morning Producers
  • NOVEMBER 17 – Mlive All Access

Register Here.

All the luncheons listed above begin with registration/networking at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program at noon. Luncheons will be held at Eve Lounge at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Cost for the 2014 Program Subscription is $175 and is NOT transferable.  Deadline to subscribe is February 28, 2014.  Special events such as the PRoof Awards are not included.

Questions? Contact us at wmprsa@gmail.com or (616) 821-8238.