Perfect Your Pitch With Our Media Panel

    March 21, 2018
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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    The Virginian-Pilot
    150 Brambleton Avenue
    Norfolk, VA 23510

    Our annual PRSA Hampton Roads media panel has a different twist -- an interactive session with live pitches.

    Representatives from the Pilot and other area media outlets will share how best to connect with them. And, several PRSA members will pitch story ideas to the panelists Shark Tank-style. The panelists will offer suggestions to help attendees create successful pitches that get their stories covered by the media. 

    Boxed lunches from Gourmet Gang will be served. The meeting will include a tour of The Virginian-Pilot newsroom with Jamesetta Walker.

    Visitor parking is limited in the Pilot parking lot. Additional parking is available in the York Street Garage just across Brambleton Avenue. The garage address is 215 York Street

    Meet Our Panelists & Moderator

    Dan Cawley has been winding his way through the media landscape for almost three decades as an award-winning television producer, advertising creative director, and public relations consultant. A graduate of the School of Communications at Penn State University, he started his career in the Quaker state working in TV on public affairs and polka shows. Now from his adopted home in the Old Dominion, Dan is currently an Executive Producer at WTKR News 3, the CBS Affiliate in Hampton Roads, where he is still focused on content-marketing as well as community and lifestyle programming.

    Nate Delesline III is the assistant editor of Inside Business in Norfolk. In that role, he helps plan and deliver each weekly edition of the paper, which covers business news in Southeastern Virginia. Nate also leads IB's digital presentation and continues to report and write stories. A journalist for a decade, he has written about business, politics, education, government, public safety and community life for three Virginia newspapers. His byline also has appeared in newspapers in Delaware, North Carolina and Mississippi. He is a 2006 graduate of Delaware State University and resides in Norfolk.

    Moderator Barbara Hamm Lee is the executive producer and host of Another View, a weekly talk show that examines today’s issues from an African American perspective, and airs every Friday at noon on 89.5 WHRV-FM. She is also the owner/consultant for Sharing Info, LLC, a media/communications consulting company.   

    She is very involved in the community serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the YWCA, South Hampton Roads.  She is the former Chair, Board of Commissioners, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing and Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors, Norfolk Education Foundation.

    Stephanie (Steph) S. Walters is a graduate of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. Following college, Stephanie became the co-host of The View From Hampton U and created her own lifestyle TV show, Montage?, airing on several public access stations around the country. Stephanie frequently hosts lifestyle TV segments on her local NBC, FOX, and CBS affiliates and produces media segments for local and national companies.

    Stephanie is the Program Manager for From One Hand To AnOTHER; co-owner co-founder of The Redelynn Group, a full service media company; and the Creative Director for HB1 Network, a platform created to ‘Celebrate & Unite the HBCU Community.’ 


    Jamesetta Walker is the features editor and style columnist for The Virginian-Pilot, which is the flagship of Pilot Media. 

    She previously was features editor at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., where she also wrote a style column. She has worked in fashion and interior-decor merchandising as well as public relations. She has a parallel career as a landscape designer and horticulturist, in which she focuses on urban renewal.

    Jamesetta earned a B.A. degree in news editorial from Southern University-Baton Rouge and a M.S. in communication from Mississippi College, with additional studies at Wright State University. She has been an adjunct communications instructor at Jackson State University. She holds an associate's degree in horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design from Tidewater Community College.

    Most days you can spot Jamesetta wearing purple, which is her favorite color, although she loves to switch things up with bold, bright hues. She has three children ages 17 and 15 (twins).


    $35.00 Member
    $30.00 Earlybird rate before March 2

    $40.00 Guest
    $35.00 Earlybird rate before March 2

    $25.00 Student