Organized for 16 years by Capital Gazette’s Wendi Winters, the May 11 ‘PR Bazaar’ is designed to help non-profits and small businesses learn how to share their news. Winters envisioned the event as an Annapolis-area “Meet the Press” and, this year, features speakers from television, radio, online, newspaper, magazine and social media. The event is designed to inform attendees about how to approach the media and press relations, and features a ‘speed networking’ session that will connect the media to regional non-profits.
Winters, shown above, was a Capital Gazette editor and community reporter, where she wrote weekly columns, hundreds of feature articles and oversaw editing of the local’s special editions. She was one of five people killed on June 28, 2018, when a man with a vendetta against the Annapolis newspaper fired a shotgun through the newsroom’s glass doors and at its employees. Winters of Edgewater, Maryland, grabbed a plastic garbage bin and recycling bin and charged toward the gunman, telling him to stop. The assailant shot Winters in the chest.
This year’s event is organized by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Chesapeake Chapter. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wendi Winters Memorial Foundation. The agenda for the event, set for the Bowen Theater, follows:
5 p.m. – Doors open at the Bowen Theater on the first floor.
5:30 – Welcome by Molly Winans, President, PRSA Chesapeake Chapter
5:40-6:20 – Panel Discussion with Media Representatives: Brooks DuBose, Annapolis Capital, Samara Martin, WUSA-TV, Jamie Costello, WMAR-TV, John Frenaye, Eye on Annapolis, Rick Hutzell, Baltimore Banner, Ryan Sneddon, Naptown Scoop, James Houck, What’s Up Annapolis, Kathy Knotts, Bay Weekly and Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Donna Jefferson, Chesapeake Family Life, Paris Brown, Annapolis Times/Baltimore Times.
6:30-7:15 – Breakout Discussions with PR experts
7:15-7:45 – “Meet the Press” – speed networking opportunity to meet representatives from television, print, radio, digital, magazine, and social media.
8 p.m. – Doors close
- Light snacks and beverages will be provided
- Each participant will receive digital access to the PR Bazaar Book, a collection of contact information from local press outlets, plus advice on how to approach and work with the media. Print copies will be available for a minimal fee.
- This event is intended to benefit non-profit organizations and small businesses.
- It is open to the public.
PHOTO: Baltimore Sun Media Group