Sun., Oct. 16, 2011–50th Anniversary Celebration with NFPW President Lori Potter

50th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m.
in the Ann Stevens Room
of the Z.J. Loussac Public Library
3600 Denali St., Anchorage

Featured guest National Federation of Press Women President, Lori Potter of Kearney, Nebraska. She is an agricultural reporter for the Kearney Hub, a daily newspaper founded in 1888 that covers south-central Nebraska. Kearney was an important stop on the Platte River Valley thoroughfare that led to the settling of much of the West.

Come hear Lori talk about our connection with NFPW and learn about APC’s founding mothers and early history.

Guests are welcome. Bring your spouse. Invite a past member. Invite a potential member. No reservations required.

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.

Optional: Come dressed in 1960s clothes if you would like to join in the fun of the era.

Lori Potter

Lori Potter

founding Mothers

Alaska Press Women Founding Mothers

May 6, 2011–Communications Contest and Scholarship Winners Announced

Alaska Professional Communicators recognized winners in the annual Communications Contest at our awards luncheon on Thursday, May 6. We also announced our college scholarship winner and heard a presentation by Dean Franklin on “Ignite! Anchorage,” a forum for ideas, entertainment and information in short, lively speeches.

Paula Dobbyn, who works in public relations for Trout Unlimited, was the Sweepstakes winner–she got the most awards in this year’s contest. Paula was the entrant or co-entrant on nine winning entries, eight of which achieved first place.

Erik Judson, a senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage majoring in Journalism and Public Communications (JPC), won the $1,000 scholarship. Erik hopes to work in the Anchorage area as a writer/photographer or in public relations. Paola Banchero, chair of the JPC department at the university, attended the luncheon to support and introduce Erik.

We recognized 35 contest winners at the luncheon for outstanding work during the year. The contest committee, who conducted the competition, was made up of Lee Ault, contest coordinator; Carolyn Rinehart, mentor; and Elise Patkotak, who wrote the presentation speech. The speech was delivered by the AkProComm president, Connie Huff. Of the original 42 entries, 24 placed first and were sent to the national competition run by the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). National winners will be announced Sept. 10 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at the NFPW annual conference.

Paula Dobbyn - Sweeptakes Certificate

Paula Dobbyn, right, receives her Sweepstakes certificate from Carolyn Rinehart, representing the AkProComm contest committee.

Erick Judson - 2011 Alaska Professional Communicators Scholarship

UAA student Erik Judson received the Alaska Professional Communicators scholarship. Pictured with him are Connie Huff, left, AkProComm president, and Paola Banchero, right, chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Communications at the university.

2010 Gold Nugget Award Winner – Sheila Balestreri

Sheila Balistreri has been with Channel 2 News for 16 years. She’s been the producer and anchor of the “Morning Edition” for 9 years, getting up at 3 a.m. to go to work. Sheila is a graduate of UCLA and a military veteran, having spent three years in the Women’s Army Corps.

Sheila started her 30-plus year journalism career in Bismarck, North Dakota, then went on to work in Salt Lake City, Utah as a radio news director.

Sheila and her family moved to Anchorage in 1989 where she worked in both radio and television.

She has won numerous awards, including four Edward R. Murrow regional awards, Goldie awards from the Alaska Broadcasters Association, AP awards and awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Her most recent awards for “Best Newscast, Television” and “Best Presentation, Television” come from Alaska Professional Communicators. Sheila’s entries moved to National Federation of Press Women, and for the past four years, including 2010, have won first place in those categories at the national level.

After she attended her first NFPW conference, she was hooked and has attended almost every year since.

Sheila has done community service in Anchorage for years for many groups including: American Diabetes Association, Salvation Army, Bean’s Cafe, and many, many more.


Joan Harris, Spark Plug Winner, with Sheila Balestreri, Gold Nugget Winner

Joan Harris, Spark Plug Winner, with Sheila Balestreri, Gold Nugget Winner

Kay Kennedy Gold Nugget Award

Kay Kennedy Gold Nugget Award

2010 Spark Plug Award Winner – Joan Harris

As 3rd vice president and co-program chair, Joan Harris deserves the Spark Plug Award for her unprecedented success in transforming her quiet spark into a flame of action that, months in advance, has secured, scheduled and coordinated monthly luncheon speakers for Alaska Professional Communicators.

Joan graciously shoulders her responsibility with focus and devotion to our organization. She has secured interesting speakers, and has done an awesome job in following up to ensure that they have a successful speaking engagement at our meetings.

Joan Harris, Spark Plug Winner, with Sheila Balestreri, Gold Nugget Winner

Joan Harris, Spark Plug Winner, with Sheila Balestreri, Gold Nugget Winner

Betzi Woodman Spark Plug Award

Betzi Woodman Spark Plug Award

Jan. 27, 2011–Social Media Seminar–The Basics and Beyond (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and More…)–

For months now the buzz has been social media. You’ve put off jumping into the fray, and you feel you may have missed the boat. It’s not too late, but how do you begin? Or maybe you’ve been using Facebook (and even Twitter or LinkedIn) for a few months, but where do you go from here?

Learn from an expert about using social media to promote your business, your books, or your cause.

– Find out the most efficient ways to start using social media or if you’re already dabbling, how to optimize what you’re doing to leverage these tools and channels for your work.

– You’ve heard of Digg, MySpace, Jaiku, and others, but which ones do you really need to use? Discover the best tools for whatever you’re trying to do, from SlideShare to Flickr to YouTube, RedRoom and more.

– If you’re looking to get the most out of social media, you’ll need tools to help you manage and measure what you’re doing. Learn about a few handy tools that can get you organized and help you measure your results.

Join Alaska Professional Communicators as we welcome seminar presenters Aliza Sherman and Sherrie Simmonds for an afternoon dedicated to the ins and outs of social media! You’ll learn how social media gives you the tools you need to boost your communications, marketing, brand-building, and more.

Fulfill your New Year’s resolution to continue learning and expand your social media presence. Register today!

Location: Elim Café, 561 W. Dimond Blvd., Anchorage (near Arctic Blvd.)

Date and Time:

Thursday,  January 27, 2011

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch and Networking,

1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Seminar
Registration Fee: Members $50; non-members $75 (prepaid by January 19)

Registrations after January 19: Members $60; non-members $85

Seating is limited. Register today.

Aliza Sherman

Aliza Sherman is a social media innovator and commentator. She speaks around the world about Internet and social media-related topics. In 1995, she founded the first woman-owned, full-service Internet company, Cybergirl, Inc. and the first global Internet networking organization for women, Webgrrls International. Aliza is recognized for her writing and blogging and was named by Fast Company as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Technology.”

In 2003, she started a consulting firm that would become the social media agency Conversify to provide high-level, strategic Internet and social media consulting to companies and organizations. Aliza is also the author of seven books, including The Everything Blogging Book, Streetwise, Ecommerce, and PowerTools for Women in Business. She is working on her 8th: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crowdsourcing, out July 2011. Her new company – Mediaegg – develops iPhone and iPad apps for women and children.

Sherrie Simmonds

Sherrie Simmonds has managed communications for Alaska Housing Finance Corp. for 15 years. She is a Distinguished Toastmasters and has won numerous state and national speaking, writing and public relations awards. She has been a frequent speaker on social media at meetings and conferences, including Oregon State Clerks Association annual conference and Yukon/Alaska Council of Toastmasters fall conference.[metaslider id=1013]

Dec. 4, 2009 – Excellent national reviews for Stan Jones’ latest book

APC member Stan Jones has received excellent reviews recently from People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and more. Jones was APC’s featured speaker in April 2009.

People gave Jones’ book, Village of the Ghost Bears 3 out of 4 stars. The reviewer described “the fourth book of this enchanting series set in Alaska,” and said the author has “created a richly populated universe you’ll be sorry to leave.” People Magazine ( Dec. 7, 2009)

Entertainment Weekly reviewer Tina Jordon gives Village of the Ghost Bears an A-, saying, “Jones delivers a finely laddered plot…but the real fun, as always, lies in the dozens of mini-lessons he gives on hardscrabble Alaskan life.” Entertainment Weekly (Nov. 24, 2009)

Additional reviews included:

“Jones, who’s been a bush pilot and an investigative reporter, brings stomach-wrenching verisimilitude to crimes despoiling the land and the people, while he sensitively renders the tender, painful romance between Nathan and Grace. His sympathetic portrayal of Alaska’s mixed-ethnic traditions is a tribute to both the state and the states of mind it inspires”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, Oct. 12, 2009

“Nathan is a likable series lead, capable, depending on the situation, of touching tenderness or unbending strength. Fans of other Alaska-set series—Dana Stabenow’s atmospheric Kate Shugak novels and John Straley’s rather more traditional books featuring private investigator Cecil Younger—will embrace the Active novels but don’t stop there: recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a stylishly written, solidly plotted mystery”—Booklist

“Multilayered characters and an offbeat setting authentically rendered—Jones bids fair to become the Tony Hillerman of Alaska.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Readers get a crash course in living in remote Alaska and a mighty fine mystery as well. Comparable to Alaska mysteries by Dana Stabenow and Mike Doogan, this series should get more exposure than it does.”—Library Journal