MaineAEYC’s Policy and Advocacy Forum is on September 16th! Register today!
We still have space, but attendance will be capped at 100, so register early for this FREE forum. Certificates of attendance will be handed out to educators.
At our morning breakout session, “Connecting with Media,” we will learn about building relationships with the media and using the media effectively in order to move an agenda. What is newsworthy? Should you write a press release, a letter to the editor, or an op-ed? How should you respond to reporters?
Meet our “Connecting with Media” panel…
Kim Gore has been the Maine State Director for Council for A Strong America and its subsidiary organizations Fight Crime: Invest In Kids (law enforcement leaders), ReadyNation (business leaders) and Mission: Readiness (retired general and admirals) bringing to the position more than two decades of experience in Maine’s non-profit and state public policy positions. Kim’s legislative experiences include working for former Maine Governor John R. McKernan, Jr., a former President of the Senate and in the Maine House of Representatives. She was a staffer on Olympia Snowe’s 1994 and 2000 senatorial campaigns. Kim also has experience as a fundraiser at the University of Southern Maine and at Spurwink, one of Maine’s largest mental health agencies.
Matthew Stone is a writer on the Maine Focus team of the Bangor Daily News, a special projects and investigations team that formed in the summer of 2016. Stone has also served as the Bangor Daily News’ opinion page editor and, prior to that post, as the company’s State House and politics reporter. Stone is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Before working at the BDN, he covered education and general assignments for three years at the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, Erin; dog, Ernest; and cat, Panda.
Paul Merrill is WMTW’s political reporter. He focuses on covering state and national politics, although he occasionally finds himself standing outside during blizzards. He also produces and moderates candidate and issue debates as part of WMTW’s Commitment coverage. Paul decided to move to Maine in 2012 after spending summers at Ferry Beach in Saco throughout his childhood.
Before joining WMTW, Paul worked as a reporter at television stations in Albany, New York and Charlottesville, Virginia. He started his broadcasting career as an assignment editor in Boston. Paul’s career in journalism has taken him to the Pentagon, the U.S./Mexico border, the White House, and Ground Zero. During the 2016 election season, Paul spent a lot of time on the campaign trail in both Maine and New Hampshire and made the trip out to Colorado to report on the effects of legalized recreational marijuana there.
Paul grew up in Everett, Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication in 2003. He has tutored through the Princeton Review for more than a decade. Paul currently lives in Westbrook with his fiancée. They have travelled together to Peru, Iceland, and Italy and plan to set foot on their fourth continent by visiting China this fall.