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Join us for a panel discussion with local journalists and media relations experts about how the pandemic has changed the process of successfully pitching story ideas to media outlets, as well as what lessons can be learned to make the process more fruitful even when there's not an imminent crisis.
About the Panelists
Paul Logsdon has served as the spokesman for Evangel University for half of its existence. Both Paul and Evangel were born in 1955. The university just completed its 65th year, and Paul has been there for nearly 33 years. Paul is a 1977 graduate of Evangel. He spent his early career as a pioneer in the emerging world of Christian rock / Contemporary Christian Music. In January 1988, he returned to Springfield to become the Director of Public Relations for Evangel. For most of his decades there, he was also responsible for everything published, from recruitment materials to advertising to the alumni magazine. As he winds down, his current focus is just on the media relations responsibilities. Logsdon holds a B.A. in Communication from Evangel and an M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication from Drury University.
Jennifer Moore is the News Director at the NPR station serving the Ozarks region, KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio. She spent five years in the Persian Gulf region, where she worked as a freelance journalist, contributing to CNN-International, NPR, and the largest English daily newspaper in the region, The Gulf News. She started at KSMU Radio as a reporter, earning multiple regional and national awards for her reporting. She taught international reporting and storytelling at MSU as the university’s Journalist-in-Residence. And she’s the author of "Covering Elections for Smaller Newsrooms: A Template."
Christine Temple is the features editor and audience development director at Springfield Business Journal, where she’s launching a new podcast on female leaders, No Ceiling. She previously managed communications at Ozarks Food Harvest and worked as a reporter at the Springfield News-Leader. Temple is an Evangel University alumna. She has received awards from the Missouri Press Association for her reporting on breaking news and religion. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Ryon, and has two fur kids, Leo and Rocco.
Jack Wlezien is responsible for strategic communications across the Bass Pro family of brands, including acting as chief spokesperson and overseeing media relations, internal communications and social media Bass Pro, Big Cedar Lodge and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Previously, Jack served as a Vice President at Public Communications Inc., a Chicago-based full-service agency supporting prominent nonprofit cultural institutions and destinations, where he counseled corporate executives, boards, and nonprofit leaders to help elevate their brands, navigate issues, and drive business objectives through creative communications strategies. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a BA in communications.