Welcome to the Broadcasters Club of Florida!
Glad you found us! The Broadcasters Club of Florida is an organization composed of anyone with an interest in the broadcasting industry. Each month, we meet over lunch to discuss the issues of the day, have a panel discussion, or hear from a wide variety of interesting speakers. Many of the attendees have worked–or are still working– in the field. But ANYONE is welcome to attend these interesting sessions. Join us for networking, fellowship, and the chance to raise a few dollars to support future broadcasters through our scholarship program.
The Broadcasters Club of Florida luncheon meeting is open to the public. ($20 for members, $25 for non-members) The club meets the second Friday of each month from October through April.
Joel Simon has been the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists since 2006. Simon has led the organization through a period of expansion, helping to launch the Global Campaign Against Impunity, establish a Journalist Assistance program, and spearhead CPJ’s defense of press freedom in the digital space through the creation of a dedicated Technology Program.
Simon has participated in CPJ missions around the world, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Under his leadership, CPJ has been honored with the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights and a News & Documentary Emmy for its work in defense of press freedom, and numerous other awards.
Simon has written widely on press freedom issues for publications including Slate, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, World Policy Journal, Asahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. His analysis of press freedom issues is featured regularly in major media. He is a regular columnist for Columbia Journalism Review.
Prior to joining CPJ in 1997 as Americas program coordinator, Simon worked for a decade as a freelance journalist in Latin America. He covered the Guatemalan civil war, the Zapatista uprising in Southern Mexico, the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the economic turmoil in Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Union. A graduate of Amherst College and Stanford University, he is the author of Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge (Sierra Club Books, 1997) and The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom (Columbia University Press 2015).
Not only will our guest speaker be extremely interesting, but this program will be our Broadcasters Club’s first ever experiment with utilizing new technology to expand our reach to bring in talented guests whom we might never reach otherwise. Joel Simon will not physically attend our meeting but will appear via Skype from wherever in this world he may happen to be at the time of our luncheon! We will be seeing and hearing him live … and will even be able to ask him questions and hear his answers … despite the fact that he is likely to be thousands of miles away physically. In the future, Skype will enable us to tap on the talent of some of the world’s top talents in our broadcasting industry — individuals who would otherwise be unavailable due to other schedule commitments, fees, or locations. We think you will find this new chapter in technology interesting and exciting!
The meeting on April 8 will be the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Broadcasters Club of Florida. There will be a brief business session at which actions affecting the Club’s future may be considered by the membership. In addition, members in attendance will be asked to nominate and elect the Club’s officers for the coming year. Procedurally, the Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates. The presiding officer will then ask for additional nominations from the floor and will then call for a vote. Only members who are current in their dues will be entitled to vote.
The Broadcasters Club of Florida meets the 2nd Friday, October – April at the SaraBay Country Club, 7011 Willow Street in Sarasota just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport.
Luncheons include a warm meal and hot discussion about the ever-changing broadcast industry.
Doors open at 11:30, seating 11:45, program begins at Noon. Done by 1:15.
RESERVATION DEADLINE: Noon – Wednesday, April 6th.
Member Lunch Reservation $20
Non-Member Lunch Reservation $25
DUES: Annual Dues for the 2015-2016 Season of $20 per couple or $15 per individual are due and can be paid at the door by check or credit card or by check via PayPal/Credit Card or mail. Cash payments can not be accepted at the door.
Mail check to:
Broadcasters Club of Florida
ATTN: Hope Byrnes, Treasurer
5031 Faberge Place
Sarasota, FL 34233