FORT MYERS, FL (January 7, 2010) – The public is invited to attend a seminar titled Challenges for Media, sponsored by The Academy at Shell Point. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 20, from 10am until 11:30am and will be held in the Grand Cypress Room located in The Woodlands at Shell Point Retirement Community. The scheduled speakers are Barbara Lindstrom, Executive Producer Television and News New Media WGCU Public Media, and David Plazas, Community Conversation Editor The News-Press.

“Both The News-Press and WGCU have longstanding histories in Southwest Florida, and have weathered many storms,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “This presentation will allow attendees the chance to take a glimpse into the daily activities that have helped both organizations strive for so long in the varying economies.”

This presentation will explain how a 25 year old award winning public media station, and an award winning newspaper that has also survived and thrived for 125 years, are dealing with the multiple challenges of a recession and the rise of internet news. These presenters are knowledgeable and engaging; and both will share real innovations that each organization has put into effect. Attendees will hear how important the public’s role is in the support of not wanting to lose the community’s local media.

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each trimester that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

This event is free, and open to the public, but space is limited and a ticket will be required. To reserve your ticket, or if you would like more information, please call (239) 454-2054.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call>

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