IDs left to right ...
top: Jim Gilliland; Jim Lattimore, Linda Pavlik
above: Eddye Gallagher, Dorothy Estes; Mary Smith, Robert Francis, Earl Collins
left: Mike Cochran, Mary Anne Anthony, Jim Davis
below: Sondra Cochran, Denise Collins, O.K. Carter; Gayle Reaves-King, Angie Summers
— photos by Donna Darovich
It was pros addressing pros July 15 at Studio 121 as Blue Marble Media president Lori De La Cruz, Star-Telegram media reporter Sandra Baker, Fort Worth Business Press editor Robert Francis and moderator Paul Sturiale with the Paolo Group, below from left, discussed “Fame & Fortune 2.0: Positioning Yourself and Your Company for Success” at the PRSA Independent Practitioners SIG lunch and learn. Above from left: Sarah Willis, Susan Flyzik, Jan Batts and Heather McCoy. Flyzik, assistant vice president with Paige Hendricks Public Relations, won a free 30-second PSA production from Studio 121 as a door prize.
SPJ national update IV: In another casualty of the advertising downturn, Wired magazine is canceling NextFest, its annual tech expo. But during its quarterly earnings report last week, executives with Gannett indicated that ad revenue is starting to show signs of life. Now a report from Wells Fargo newspapers analysts point to improving ad trends at The New York Times. More here.

SPJ national update V: How much news did your local paper produce today? ... As revenue reductions put the future of many U.S. newspapers in doubt, one idea gaining attention is converting newspapers into tax-exempt nonprofits supported by endowments. More here. ... Award-winning writer and former Baltimore Sun cop reporter David Simon fears an explosion of corruption in American political life if the newspaper industry collapses. “Oh, to be a state or local official in America over the next 10 to 15 years, before somebody figures out the business model,” he says. More here. ... A plan to save our free press.



Fort Worth Weekly journalists and rakers of muck (as required) Kendall Anderson, Jimmy Fowler, Peter Gorman, Betty Brink, Dan McGraw, Joaquin Sapien, Ben Welsh and Jeff Prince snagged five firsts, three seconds and a third last month at the Lone Star Awards, presented by the Houston Press Club, and editor Gayle Reaves-King is pleased as punch. ...

Tracy Syler-Jones has been promoted to vice chancellor for marketing communication at TCU, succeeding Larry Lauer, who is now the vice chancellor for governmental affairs and based in Washington, D.C. Syler-Jones is the first African-American to be named to the post. ...

Star-Telegram Watchdog columnist Dave Lieber won a Next Generation Indie Book Award for Social Change and two top awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. ...
Hon Yon Mok, Jennifer Cudmore, Yusi Cheng and Kari Ruf are spending the summer as Hondo Group interns — Hon, Cudmore and Cheng in Fort Worth and Ruf in the Darlington, Wis., office. Hon, a senior graphic design major at UT Arlington, emigrated with his family from Hong Kong in 2002 and worked for the Postal Service before discovering his passion in graphic design. Cudmore is a UTA senior communication technology major and online editor of The Shorthorn, the student paper. Broadcast journalism major Cheng graduated from TCU in May; prior to Hondo, she worked at CBS 11 and Voice of America as a news intern. Ruf is a senior agribusiness major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and recently fulfilled a position with the Lafayette County Fairgrounds coordinating events. ...

Buy anything from Minuteman Press through Aug. 14, and the company will donate 1 percent of the sale to SafeHaven of Tarrant County. And 15 percent of the Aug. 4 proceeds at Fish City Grill in Arlington benefit the agency as well. More from Sarah McClellan-Brandt, ...

Justin Brands seeks an unpaid PR intern to assist with media interaction and promotions. Requirements include a high school diploma and university enrollment (should be taking or already have taken basic news writing) plus advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Publisher, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. More from Megan Force at 817-390-2545.



Camp Fire USA seeks an energetic, detail- and deadline-oriented marketing/communications professional to develop marketing strategies for its fee-based programs. Printing and graphic design/desktop publishing skills are required, with at least three years in PR, communications or marketing; nonprofit experience is a plus. Send a résumé to ...

MarketWave, an integrated marketing communications firm with 11 years in the Dallas market, has an opening for an account supervisor possessing, among other positives, 7-10 years in the industry and an undergraduate degree in journalism, marketing or communications. Restaurant and health care sector experience is preferred, as is experience in technology, energy and airlines. Send résumé to Kristin Bult at



PRSA ... William Allen Schlitz ... Nancy O’Malley (reinstated), United Way of Tarrant County ... Mark Olson (reinstated), Tarrant Regional Water District ... Pamela Burns, North Central Texas Council of Governments