The Press Club is hosting a Pressing Issues forum on Friday, April 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. focusing on the topic of “Changing Seasons: A behind-the-scenes look at the news decisions and technology that drives the reporting, popularity and public interest of weather coverage.” The FREE forum will consist of four panelists who specialize in different areas of media including 13abc WTVG Chief Meteorologist, Lucas County EMA Director, BGSU geography professor, meteorologist and climate researcher and WTOL 11/Fox 36 First Alert Chief Meteorologist.
The forum will be hosted by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, McMaster Center (325 N. Michigan Street) from 9-10:30 a.m. Moderated by Anthony Knopps of the Press Club and News Director, WTOL 11 and Fox 36 television. The forum will include presentations by each panelist, as well as Q&A.
The Pressing Issues forum will focus on the dynamics of modern meteorology, and the intersection of the technology, news value, and the business aspects, along with the public fascination of weather. The four panelists include:
- Jay Berschback, Chief Meteorologist, WTVG-13
- Pat Moomey, Lucas County EMA Director
- Art Samel, BGSU geography professor, meteorologist and climate researcher
- Robert Shiels, First Alert Chief Meteorologist, WTOL 11/Fox 36
How does weather affect the news?
Spring brings a natural focus by local residents and area meteorology professionals alike on the changing seasons, and with it, the risk of severe weather. From local weather staffs and emergency management agencies, to national weather services and storm chasers and weather watchers on social media, the topic and potential threat of severe weather can quickly take precedence over any activity or news broadcast, while capturing the attention of local residents.
The forum is free and open to the public. Discussion begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 10:30 a.m. with time for questions from the audience.
Pressing Issues Forums
The Press Club of Toledo’s ‘Pressing Issues’ forums are organized around topics driven by the news of the day. Panelists representing the newsroom, PR industry and digital communications offer advice surrounding issues in the media and invite audience response.