27 Sep 2017

Just the facts: Truth and Ethics Across Earned and Paid Channels Evening Panel | Wed., Sept. 27; 6-8 p.m.

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About Program

September is national ethics month for PRSA, and we welcome a diverse and dynamic panel to tackle the ethical challenges our shared professions face. Conversation topics will include conflicts of interest for the freelancer and contributor as well as editorial and free speech protections, influencers and integrity, incentives and fact checking as staffs on all sides of earned and paid channels continue to shrink and consolidate.


Natasha Kennedy
Global Managing Director, FleishmanHillard

Natasha Kennedy is the global managing director of FleishmanHillard’s research, analytics and measurement practice group. She is a growth strategy executive with more than 20 years of B2B and B2C experience. Her business intelligence expertise includes employee acquisition and development, go-to-market strategy, learning and development, technology strategy and deployment, brand positioning, communications, business development and marketing. Before joining the firm, Kennedy worked with organizations such as eBay, Edelman and McKinsey & Company.

About Speakers

Charlie Meyerson
Award-winning journalist and editor, ChicagoPublicSquare.com and Rivet Radio Inc.

Charlie Meyerson’s devoted a career to bringing news to the Chicago area—on air, online, in print.

You may have heard him on WXRT, WGN or WBEZ, or read his work for the Chicago Tribune or Wednesday Journal.

Charlie’s the winner of dozens of journalism awards—including a national 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for online audio investigative reporting. He’s the founding head of news for Chicago startup Rivet Radio, and you can sign up to get his take on the day’s news by email weekdays at ChicagoPublicSquare.com.

Alice Oglethorpe
Freelance Writer

Alice Oglethorpe is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She writes mostly about health and wellness topics for publications like Oprah, Mens Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, and more. She also works closely with Finn Partners, overseeing two blogs for one of their clients, writes blogs for companies like Fitbit and Johnson & Johnson, and creates branded content for companies like Pfizer. Before becoming a freelance writer, she lived in New York and was an editor at Shape, Fitness, and Good Housekeeping magazines. Alice graduated from Penn State University and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Phil Rogers
General assignment reporter, NBC5 News

Phil Rogers joined NBC5 News as a general assignment reporter in December 1991.

Phil has reported for NBC5 throughout the United States and from around the world. He spent two months in Kuwait and southern Iraq at the outset of the war in Iraq.  He reported from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh during the Iraqi oil embargo in the Persian Gulf, was at the Pentagon in the aftermath of 9/11, and aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt when it departed for Afghanistan.

Previously, Phil covered the 1991 Gulf War from Tel Aviv, and has twice returned to Israel for stories focusing on security concerns of Chicagoans living in Israel and the West Bank. In May of 2006 he accompanied Mayor Richard Daley to Israel and Jordan.

Rogers reported from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington en route to Bosnia, and the nuclear submarine USS Chicago at sea in the Pacific. He recently took viewers to the U.S. Submarine base in Groton, CT, where construction is underway on the new USS Illinois.

Rogers covered the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and the execution of convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh.

He also reported extensively from Washington during the impeachment of President Clinton, and on the corruption scandals in the administrations of Illinois Governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich did his last interview with Phil, minutes before entering federal custody.

Rogers reported on the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid, and has covered multiple Olympic Games in Beijing, Vancouver, and London.

Phil has been at the scene of most major air disasters in the last two decades. He flew with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at their training center in El Centro, California, experienced zero gravity on a “vomit comet”, and jumped with the Army Golden Knights skydiving team.

He showed viewers how to fly the space shuttle from the NASA astronaut training center in Houston, and in the fall of 2005, flew with former astronaut Jim Lovell to inspect restoration progress on Lovell’s Gemini 12 spacecraft.

Prior to joining WMAQ-TV Rogers spent 14 years at WBBM Newsradio.

Prior to joining WBBM, he was a reporter at KOMA-AM in Oklahoma City from 1977-79; he began his career as a reporter, and news director at KVRO-FM in his hometown of Stillwater, Ok.

Phil is a multiple Emmy Award winner, including a National Emmy for NBC-5’s coverage of the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal in Chicago.

He is a five-time winner of Best Reporter honors from Associated Press and United Press International. He won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative reporting on security at O’Hare Airport. And is a three time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club.

A 1977 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Rogers has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. He is a licensed private pilot, is married, and has two daughters.

Program Details

Register here!

Online registration: Open through Monday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. CDT

When: Wednesday, Sept. 27; 6-8 p.m. CDT

~ Chicago Chapter member early bird:(through Sept. 10): $37
~ Chicago Chapter member: $42
~ Non-member guests: $50
~ A limited number of walk-in tickets will be available for an additional $5.

Where: Woman’s Athletic Club, 626 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago (Above Cartiers)

Dress code: Business casual (no denim)

All ticket sales are final. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Are you a student or young professional? We are giving away one free Young Professionals Network Career Contribution Program ticket. Click here for detailed requirements and to apply. Email Caiti Bieberich, YPN chair, for a chance to win a free ticket!

Additional questions? Email Taylor Trovillion, Programming chair.