Meet the Press Club



In business, it’s all about who you know. With the Press Club of Toledo, you can rub elbows with people in the know.

Expand your knowledge, and contacts, at our educational seminars and networking events. Come mingle at our wine-tasting parties, after hours networking, and awards banquets. You will also enjoy preferred seating at important political events/debates and our sister relationship with Press Club of Washington D.C.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us at or reach out to a  board member individually in the sidebar to the right.

Free Seminar: Courtroom coverage of high profile criminal cases

sultanA free public seminar titled “Presiding Over, Litigating, and Covering High-Profile Cases: Rules, Approaches, and Problems,” will take place Feb. 14, 2014 at the Toledo-Lucas Public Library.  Jamie Sultan, defense attorney for Aaron Hernandez, will deliver a talk on defending high profile crime cases.  In addition, several panels comprised of legal experts, members of the judiciary and the media will provide various perspectives on courtroom coverage.

The event will take place in the McMaster Center Auditorium. There is no charge for the event. Attorneys have the option to register for three Continuing Legal Education Hours.

The seminar will take place from 1:30 to 4:45.

Download the agenda or register here.


FREE Juvenile Justice Forum: June 14

The Press Club of Toledo is a proud sponsor of “The ABC’s of Covering the Juvenile Justice System,” a free forum for journalists and students.

The event is hosted by the Children’s Law Center, Inc. at the University of Toledo on Friday, June 14 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The forum will help media professionals gather resources, tips and ideas to create compelling and comprehensive stories about youth involved juvenile justice system. A panel of professionals in the juvenile justice field will speak about trends in Ohio and across the country that can be turned into news stories.

You must RSVP for this event! RSVP to Laura Litton at or 216-223-8115.

Juvenile Justice Forum

Accepting nominations for the 2013 Touchstone Awards

Touchstone logoThe Press Club of Toledo is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Touchstone Awards, to be held on Oct. 3, 2013 at the Toledo Club.

To submit a nomination, please complete the Touchstone Nominations form, clearly marking which TOUCHSTONE Award applies to your nomination.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013.

Learn more: 2013 Touchstone Awards

We are accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • The EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM TOUCHSTONE — Print–Daily newspaper (To recognize exemplary journalism between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013)
  • The EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM TOUCHSTONE — Print–Non-daily newspaper (To recognize exemplary journalism between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013)
  • The EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM TOUCHSTONE — Broadcast–All television and radio entries (To recognize exemplary journalism between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013)
  • The EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM TOUCHSTONE — Student–Print or electronic entries (To recognize exemplary journalism between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013)
  • The EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM TOUCHSTONE — New Media – Blogs, podcasts, Websites and site content (To recognize exemplary journalism between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013)
  • The GOLDEN TOUCHSTONE AWARD (To recognize lifetime achievement in the field of journalism in the Northwest Ohio region)
  • The TOUCHSTONE CONTRIBUTOR AWARD (To recognize outstanding contributions made to the Northwest Ohio community between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013)
  • The TOUCHSTONE LIFETIME ACHIEVER AWARD (To recognize long-term efforts to enhance the quality of life in the Northwest Ohio region)

View: Past Touchstone winners 

Press Club announces 2013 Touchstone speaker

jim_tankersleyThe Press Club of Toledo annually recognizes newsmakers and news breakers in the Northwest Ohio region through the prestigious Touchstone Awards.

This year’s ceremony will take place on October 3 at The Toledo Club. The Press Club is proud to announce our featured speaker will be Jim Tankersley, Economic Policy Correspondent for The Washington Post. He previously worked at The Blade, the Rocky Mountain News and The Oregonian.

Tankersley and a colleague at The Blade won the 2007 Touchstone Livingston Award for Young Journalists for their “Business as Usual” series of stories revealing the true roots of Ohio’s economic decline. He was also part of the “Coingate” team at the The Blade that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Tankersley is an Oregon native and 2000 graduate of Stanford University.

The Press Club is in the process of planning and scheduling the 2013 Touchstone Awards. If you are interested in how to nominate an individual for a Touchstone award or how to be a sponsor, please email

Meet & Greet Mixer: May 16

PressClubMixerInviteLearn about upcoming networking, professional development and social events at The Press Club of Toledo Meet and Greet Mixer on May 16, 2013.

The Mixer takes place at La Scola Italian Grill, located at 5375 Airport Hwy in Toledo, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Both members and potential members welcome and there’s no cost to attend–just your own drinks!

Be sure to bring your business card for a prize raffle. To RSVP, email


PR News Writing Boot Camp


The PR News’ Writing Boot Camp will be held May 14 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

In just one day, you’ll learn proven writing strategies from NYU, Smithsonian National Zoo, Bloomberg News, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and more. In addition to pitch letter and press release tactics, our boot camp trainers will focus on applying storytelling concepts to your brand’s overall writing strategy.

Writing Boot Camp sessions include

  • The Next-Generation Press Release
  • Writing Do’s and Don’ts for Communicators
  • How to Craft Emails for Media Relations Success
  • SEO and Writing for the Web
  • Writing Clinic I: The Press Release and the Craft of Revision
  • Writing Clinic II: Optimizing Your PR Content
  • Mobile Communications: Write Right for Mobile
  • Make the Leap From Online Communications to Online Storytelling

In addition to seven hours of in-depth, real-world content, you’ll get ample time to network with your peers and make new connections. Now is the time for you and your team to get on board. This full-day boot camp is less than two weeks away, so register today at

Contact Saun Sayamongkhun at if you have any questions.