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MEDIA CELEBRATION IN UNITED STATES! FPA, America’s oldest Media Association Inducts Otumu…Sends Invite to attend United Nations Short Film in New York Oct 20 *Movie: ‘A 16-minute documentary from UN Television Series on Threats posed by Weapon of Mass Destruction’ *Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Joon, Chair, UN Security Council Committee *Venue: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations *Seating Limited, Priority given to credentialed journalists and first confirmed attendees *Media Members from over 50 Countries in the World * “We’re delighted to have our top journalist join FPA”-NSN Management *FPA Officers Profile: David Michaels (Bureau Chief for MercoPress, South American News Agency, Hadar Harel (Correspondent, Travel News/HOME publications in Israel), Jan Latus (Editor, Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik) & Other Executives

MEDIA CELEBRATION IN UNITED STATES!

FPA, America’s oldest Media Association Inducts Otumu…Sends Invite to attend United Nations Short Film in New York Oct 20

 *Movie: ‘A 16-minute documentary from UN Television Series on Threats posed by Weapon of Mass Destruction’

*Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Joon, Chair, UN Security Council Committee

*Venue: Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations  *Seating Limited, Priority given to credentialed journalists and first confirmed attendees

*Media Members from over 50 Countries in the World

* “We’re delighted to have our top journalist join FPA”-NSN Management

*FPA Officers Profile: David Michaels (Bureau Chief for MercoPress, South American News Agency, Hadar Harel (Correspondent, Travel News/HOME publications in Israel), Jan Latus (Editor, Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik) & Other Executives


 

BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, NEW YORK

 


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Press Association (FPA), foremost and oldest media association in United States founded in 1918 for International Journalists practicing as well as living in America have officially inducted George Elijah Otumu, Editor-In-Chief of Naija Standard Newspaper Inc USA as an ‘Active Member’ of this prestigious, renowned group.

 

FPA which offers orientation and networking opportunities; news making and educational events that bring members together political, business, and other leaders; and a range of valuable member benefits and services have a series of events for this year, 2015 and beyond for lawful foreign journalists legally practicing their profession in God’s own country.

 

Accordingly, Otumu was inducted recently as an ‘Active Member’ with every opportunities and benefits available to FPA members in the association under the present leadership of David. P. Michaels, Bureau Chief for MercoPress, South American News Agency.

 

The United Nations Event

 

In an electronic mail sent to Naija Standard and personalized to Otumu, a multiple award-wining Nigerian journalist being an ‘Active Member of FPA’ with widely traveled exposure reads: “The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, (UNODA), in cooperation with the Foreign Press Association and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, is pleased to invite you to a media event to review the U.N.’s current evaluation of the threat of weapons of mass destruction and the global response to these threats. “With the rise of the Islamic State; questions about whether they and other terrorist organizations have acquired weapons of mass destruction; ongoing nuclear talks with Iran; and continuing concerns about North Korea, this is a very timely event. “We strongly encourage FPA member journalists to attend what promises to be a very informative and insightful assessment of the related global risk.  H.E. Ambassador Oh Joon, Chair of the Security Council Committee, which is, mobilizing global efforts to prevent non-State actors, especially terrorists, from acquiring and using these devastating weapons, will share perspective and introduce this short U.N. documentary on the topic.

 

“This 16-minute documentary from the UN Television series “21st Century” highlights threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical and biological) if acquired by terrorists. UN Security Council resolution 1540, which marks its 10th Anniversary in 2014, mobilizes global efforts to prevent non-State actors, especially terrorists, from acquiring and using these devastating weapons. “Opening remarks by H. E. Ambassador Oh Joon Chair of the Security Council Committeeestablished pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004). Date: Monday, 20 October 2014Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Venue: Ground floor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, 335 East 45th Street, New York A light lunch will be served as seating is limited. Priority will be given to credentialed journalists and the first confirmed attendees.   About Foreign Press Association

Founded in 1918, the FPA is the pre-eminent non-governmental organization representing international journalists in the U.S.  With members from more than 50 countries, the FPA offers orientation and networking opportunities; news making and educational events that bring members together with political, business, and other leaders; and a range of valuable member benefits and services.

The FPA partners with corporations, non-profits, media organizations, and communications companies on events that meet the needs of its members.

The FPA Scholarship Fund contributes to the development of the next generation of international reporters. Over the last 20 years, thanks to the generosity of members and supporting companies, the FPA has awarded 75 scholarships to international graduate journalism students at the FPA’s Annual Dinner.

The FPA’s Foreign Press Awards has also honored individuals from the arts, sciences, politics and other fields, honorees have included: Albert Einstein, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Taylor, David Lean, Mike Nichols, Henry Kissinger, and Walter Cronkite.

 

Message from FPA President

 

Michaels said “Over the past few months, countless hours have been invested by the FPA’s Executive and other committees, with the objective of putting the FPA on a path to greater success. “We are making strong progress, and we all owe a big “thank-you” to members of theExecutive Committee, volunteers from our general membership, and two hard-workingand enthusiastic interns, all who have contributed their valuable time and expertise. (BTW, if you are willing to volunteer a few hours a month to our teams, please let me know). “I have the pleasure to announce that Laura Bianchi and Ian Williams, two well-respected, full-time journalists and media professionals, have joined us on the Executive Committee, filling two of the vacancies created by the departures of Kinue Weinstein, Anjali Sharma, and Claus Mueller. “Many of you know Ian Williams, who has served two terms as President of the UnitedNations Correspondents Association, (“UNCA”). He is also the Chairman of the UNCAAwards Committee, which he founded in 1995, and which now grants prizes of over $60,000 a year to journalists worldwide for their work on the UN and its agencies. Laura Bianchi is a journalist and communications professional with an extensive list of media achievements and production/editing credits. The Events Committee, led by Michael-Ann Rowe and Simon Locke, has also added LauraBianchi, Cindy Fields, and Julie-Ann Marshall to the events team. Julie-Ann, an Associate Member for fourteen years, is a former Executive Director ofBAFTA, (British Academy of Film & Television Arts), and Senior Event Producer forMorgan Stanley.  She now runs her own events company which does work for organizations including the United Nations, HBO, the British Consulate, and the International Emmys. Cindy has been an Associate Member of the FPA for five years. She has more than 30 years of experience in the financial markets; outstanding relationships in the financial sector; and is an active participant in numerous prestigious industry and community organizations. “During his more than thirty-years in state government, ‘Tony’ Morenzi  has worked for two New York State Assembly members as Chief of Staff and District Office Manager, and served as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for New York City. He has an established track record of creative problem solving, strategic advocacy and broad based policy analysis.  Tony has extensive citywide intergovernmental and community relations experience with legislators and their staff, governmental agencies, the private and non-profit sectors, and community-based and civic organizations. He was educated at Bernard M. Baruch College (CUNY); Fordham University; and Columbia University. His extra-curricular activities include the Board of Directors & Chair of the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award Committee; and Treasurer, Board of Directors, New Media Repertory Company. “The media industry has drastically changed in the last decade or so, and the Executive Committee deemed it essential that the FPA’s Constitution & By-Laws be reviewed to reflect, not only the current realities of the media industry, but also the “make-up” of the FPA’s current membership. (The last time the FPA’s Constitution & By-Laws were revised was about 25 years ago!) Revisions are being drafted, and will be proposed and then voted upon at an appropriately constituted meeting of the FPA membership. “Although it is prudent to continually adjust to the realities and technologies of today’s media industry, the experience of the past is also important in order that we learn from both our experience and history.  Therefore, the Presidents Emeriti, Alan Capper and Gabriel Plesea have been invited to attend Executive Committee meetings as observers and advisors.”

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