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June 2016 Membership Luncheon

June 06, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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PANEL: The Changing Newsroom in a Post-Truth Era

presented in collaboration with the Omaha Press Club

The news media is still relevant – or is that fake news? Interact with a panel of national experts at the Omaha Press Club who will share insider insights on today’s newsroom, and what that means for communicators and PR pros. Learn about the challenges journalists face, opportunities to maximize your reach and relevance, robots and artificial intelligence, and how the media is adapting in a post-truth era where fake news spreads quickly and furiously. You will have the opportunity to interact with the panel, so bring your pressing questions.


Mike Reilly - Vice President for News, BH Media Group

Mike Reilly, 57, has had a variety of reporting and editing jobs at the Omaha World-Herald since joining the staff in 1990, and he has played a role in most of its major investigative stories of the past 20 years. From January 2008 until January 2017, he was the newspaper’s Executive Editor. In January, he became vice president for news of The World-Herald’s parent company, BH Media Group. He oversees the newsroom and editorial pages of The World-Herald and serves as an advisor on newsroom issues for CEO Terry Kroeger and BH Media news organizations in 10 states.

The Omaha World-Herald provides news, commentary, information and advertising that encourage readers to become involved in the community, state, nation and world around them. The World-Herald’s digital version ( receives approximately 18 million page views by more than 1 million unique visitors each month. More than 70 percent of adults in our “home market” of Douglas and Sarpy Counties see the printed or digital version each week. From its founding in 1885, the World-Herald was owned by the Gilbert Hitchcock and Henry Doorly family. In 1963, Peter Kiewit purchased The World-Herald to keep it locally owned. After Kiewit’s death in 1979 the Company became employee owned until December of 2011 when Berkshire Hathaway purchased the paper to again ensure local ownership.

Margery Beck - AP Supervisory Editor for Nebraska and Iowa

Margery Beck began her journalism career 25 years ago as a general reporter and columnist at The Bolivar Commercial in Cleveland, Mississippi. She moved to Nebraska in 1997, working as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer for The Fremont Tribune before joining The Associated Press in Omaha in 1998.

Beck has worked as a legislative, political and courts reporter at the AP, in addition to covering everything from the College World Series to the Nebraska State Fair. She spent five years as the Nebraska Broadcast Editor for the AP before returning to reporting in 2010, then becoming supervisory editor for Nebraska and Iowa last year.

The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City, covering breaking news around the world and conducting in-depth, investigative reporting. The AP operates in 263 locations worldwide, and more than half the world's population sees its content every day.

Ariel Roblin - President & General Manager, KETV

Ariel Roblin is the President & General Manager of KETV NewsWatch 7, Omaha’s News Leader. She has had a well-rounded career in television; including experience in production, programming and sales. Ariel began her career in Miami at WAMI and since then has held positions in Dayton, Ohio, (WRGT-WKEF), Honolulu, Hawaii, (KGBM), Chico-Redding, Calif., (KRCR) and Eureka, Calif., (KAEF).  She began at KETV in 2010 and lead the transformation of the Historic Burlington Station into KETV’s new home.

Service to community is very important to her and her family and she also serves as a trustee for the Business Ethics Alliance and on several boards including the Omaha Chamber, BBB, Nebraska Broadcasters, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition, The BlueBarn Theater, and Crime Stoppers. 

Carson Vaughan - Freelance Writer and Reporter

Carson Vaughan is a freelance writer and reporter currently living in Omaha. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Vice, Slate, Salon, Smithsonian, Travel + Leisure, The Paris Review, Audubon, Grist, National Geographic and many others. A native of Broken Bow, Nebraska, Carson earned both his Bachelor of Journalism (news-editorial) and Bachelor of Arts (English) degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also founded The Dailyer Nebraskan, UNL’s first and only satirical news source. He later earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where he taught undergraduate creative writing and served as the nonfiction editor of Ecotone, an award-winning literary journal. In addition to his other freelance work, he currently writes a travel series for USA TODAY, based on his recent year-long tour through the lower 48 states in a renovated travel trailer.


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$15.00 Students

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