The News Conference: Real & Powerful Dec. 3, 2019

Breakfast Town Hall Forum Sponsored by Protiviti

12 Breakout Sessions Designed To Increase Your Media Savvy: Schedule at a Glance

Session I: 9.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m.

News Issues Track

1A: Behind the Coverage: Today’s Biggest Headlines

With Tim Scheld, News & Programming Director, WCBS Newsradio 880, more tba 

Inside the News Track

1B: News & the Millennial Generation

(speakers being confirmed)

Capacity Building Track

1C: Fine-Tuning Your Social Media (Intermediate to Advanced Workshop)

Presented by Sree Sreenivasan, introduced by Patricia Kitchen, social media doctor

Hyperlocal Track

1D: Navigating Today’s New Local  News Landscape

(speakers being confirmed)

Session II: 11 a.m. -12.15 p.m.

2A: Behind the Coverage: Money, Power & Politics 

With Ben Max, Executive Editor, Gotham Gazette; Harry Siegel, Senior Editor, The Daily Beast; more tba 

2B: Establishing Relationships

With Jamie Herzlich, Small Business Columnist, Newsday; Victoria Schneps, CEO & Publisher, Schneps Communications, David Winzelberg, Real Estate Reporter, Long Island Business News; more tba

2C: Changing Face of Media Relations 

With Greg Galant, CEO, Muck Rack; Peter Himler, Founder, Flatiron Communications; more tba

2D: How to Pitch Stories the News Media Can Actually Use 

With Marla Diamond, Anchor & Reporter, WCBS 880 Newsradio; Joe Dowd, Editor & Associate Publisher, Long Island Business News, more tba

Session III: 2 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

3A: Behind the Coverage: Race, Religion & Politics 

(speakers being confirmed)

3B: Challenges of Managing a Brand in Today’s Always On World                  

With Errol Cockfield, Senior Vice President, Communications, MSNBC; more tba

3C: Ultimate Check List: Creating a Modern Media Relations Plan 

(speakers being confirmed)

3D: Emerging Voices: Online-Only Local News Outlets

With Denise Civiletti, Editor & Publisher, RiverheadLOCAL; Pam Robinson, Publisher,; more tba

Reserve Your Seats: Buy Tickets Now

Event is Tuesday, Dec. 3, 8 am to 4 pm, The Garden City Hotel (across the street from LIRR Garden City station)

The News Conference

Fair Media Council's annual conference is the largest event in the country to bring the news media and community together for a day of open dialogue, mutual understanding & relationship building. Meet local, regional and national news media taking part in 12 breakout sessions designed to increase your media savvy. Breakfast & luncheon featured speakers, networking & exhibits round out this exclusive event.


Completion of attendance at The News Conference: Real & Powerful earns attendees professional development certification from the Fair Media Council in one of three categories:

Communications Leadership
Communications Management
Communications Strategy

Event Sponsors & Exhibitors Wanted.

Extremely high visibility and opportunities to connect directly with the news media provide exciting sponsorship opportunities. For details, contact or call 516-224-1860, ext. 701.








Location & Venue


The Garden City Hotel 

GPS: 45 7th St., Garden City, N.Y.  11530

Driving? Plenty of onsite parking.

Mass Transit: Directly across the street from the LIRR Garden City Station

Avoid the morning traffic: Spend Monday, Dec. 2 at the hotel at a special rate! See details below. 

Event Details

Advanced registration required. 

Check in begins at 7.30 am. 

Breakfast program starts at 8 am.

Business attire recommended.  

Bring plenty of business cards.

Questions? Contact



Spend Monday, Dec. 2 at the hotel in a king or double-bed guestroom for $229. Reserve by calling 516-747-3000 and ask for the Fair Media Council room block. Reservations are being accepted through Nov. 19 to receive the special rate. 

You're invited to join the media savvy.

get involved today.

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