Hank Eder Chairs Vibrant Asheville Business "Honor Our Journalists" Committee, Presents Certificates

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At the October meeting of the Vibrant Asheville Business networking group, Hank Eder and group founder Alan Rosenthal gave certificates of recognition to journalists recently laid off by the Asheville Citizen-Times. More than 100 local business leaders attended.

Pictured from left, Hank Eder, Rob Mikulak, Jaime McKee, Susan Gambrell Reinhardt, and John Fletcher. Photo by LeeAnne Smith, http://lasmith-productions.com/

We're really pleased to be able to reach out to these folks, to show them that in Asheville, they're not alone. They've given so much to us; we want to give back to them.

At the October meeting of the Vibrant Asheville Business networking group, Hank Eder and group founder Alan Rosenthal gave certificates of recognition to journalists recently laid off by the Asheville Citizen-Times. More than 100 local business leaders attended. The purpose of the event was to honor the journalists for their contributions to the community and to help them forge new relationships with the business community as they seek to redefine themselves.

The Mountain Xpress, a weekly Asheville newspaper, published a story on August 16, 2013, stating that the layoffs followed a trend in Gannet newspapers nationwide. See the story at http://www.mountainx.com/article/52132/Asheville-Citizen-Times-lays-off-eight-staffers.

Former Citizen-Times columnist Susan Reinhardt, copy editor Rob Mikulak, photographer John Fletcher and web developer Jaime McKee all attended the event. Reporter Jason Sandford and editor Thomas Frazier (not in attendance) were also laid-off from the newsroom Aug. 22, as part of Gannett Company's move to shed workers across the country.

"We're just really pleased to be able to reach out to these folks, to show them that in Asheville, they're not alone. They've given so much to us; we want to give back to them," said event chairman Hank Eder. "It's a good opportunity for them to get to know the community of businesspeople. It's possible that they'll make some valuable connections."

A former journalist at several Florida publications, Hank has a special fondness for newspapers. "A lot of people call newspapers a dying tradition," Hank said. "With virtually all of the country's papers owned by a handful of corporations, the line between editorial and sales is becoming blurred. Also, many people are getting their news on the web. But some of us still have soft spots in our hearts for a good daily newspaper."

Certificates were designed by LeeAnne Smith, http://lasmith-productions.com/ and printed by Asheville Color and Imaging.

Hank Eder is the owner and publicist at Hank Eder Public Relations and Marketing, an Asheville-based company with clients throughout the United States. "We specialize in web-based PR," Hank said. "I call it PR in the Cloud, or PR Without Walls. Services include press release creation and distribution, B2B writing, website content writing, crisis public relations, corporate and employee communications, branding, logo design and more.

Contact Hank Eder PR/Marketing at 828-689-5787.

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