I’m Scott Brinton, president of the Press Club of Long Island. I know this sounds clichéd, but I somehow cannot believe I’m completing a year as president.
If you are a PCLI member, you should feel proud to belong to one of the nation’s largest and strongest chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. If you’re not a member, and you’re a working or retired journalist, journalism educator or journalism student on Long Island, I would strongly encourage you to join. Simply go to www.spj.org/join.asp.
Next March 20-21, PCLI will host the Region I SPJ conference, when we will welcome roughly 200 of our fellow journos to the beautiful Hofstra University campus for two days of learning and networking. If you are interested in helping to organize this event, we can use as many volunteers as are willing. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member or not, I urge you to attend our Holiday Party in December. I also encourage you to enter our annual Media Awards contest in the spring of 2020. Proceeds from the holiday party and contest support our activities and scholarships to deserving high school and college students who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming journalists.
And look out for our emails and/or check back regularly on the pcli.org site for upcoming panel discussions, seminars, movie nights and mixers, all held here on Long Island.
On April 17 this year, SPJ celebrated its 110th anniversary. The organization was founded to protect our First Amendment right to a free press. Rarely has the need for such an organization been more vital than it is today. The journalism profession is under attack in never-before-seen ways, both from our elected leaders and corporations that seek to gut newsrooms in the name of bolstering the proverbial bottom line.
Over the past year, PCLI completed 18 panel discussions and projects. Below, please find our full annual report to SPJ National, detailing all of our activities. As you can see, we are very active throughout Long Island, working together to help preserve a 300-year tradition of American journalism.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Scott A. Brinton
President, Press Club of Long Island