Excellence in Journalism Press Release

October 9, 2011

The Florida Press Club members are still working hard on the Florida Press Club workshop and banquet, so it’s been quieter than normal around here. However, the details of our Nov. 5 event are slowly coming together…

Mark your calendar for a weekend filled with the two best things about this profession: journalism that makes a difference and the energizing companionship of your fellow colleagues.

The Florida Press Club’s 60th annual Excellence in Journalism banquet will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 5 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in St. Augustine that’s equipped with enough amenities so you can also pretend to be working in a better-paying profession.

Onsite or just steps away you’ll find shopping, a luxury spa and golf — and not just any run-of-the-mill golf. These courses are world-class, including one that Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus collaborated to create. There’s an IMAX theater too.

Rick Wilber, a journalism professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, will be the keynote speaker at the banquet. He is also a writer who has published two novels, several short-story collections, a memoir, and several college textbooks on writing and editing for some of the world’s largest publishers. A 1 p.m. workshop with Wilber on how to turn your article ideas into books will be included in $45 admission to the banquet. Non-members pay $5.

You can check out the accommodations at Worldgolfrenaissance.com. Rooms start at $119. The special Florida Press Club rate is available if you reserve online and put “Florida Press Club” in the comments box.

Food options are:

  • Grilled Flank Steak Southwestern Marinated Skirt Steak with Chipotle Demi glace
  • Chicken Castillo Served with Pan Sauce, Topped with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat and Grilled Asparagus
  • Vegetable Lasagna Layers of pasta filled with a variety of seasonal vegetables, topped with a marinara sauce.
  • A vegan option is available on advance request.

For more information, email fpcbanquet[at]gmail[dot]com.

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