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Donna Francavilla, Frankly Speaking Communications, Media Utilization Specialist

Speaking Engagement - July, TBA, 2017

Donna Francavilla is an award-winning journalist and founder of Frankly Speaking Communications, a boutique public relations firm, handling voice-over work, media training, marketing plans and more.

She can be found locally on ABC 33/40 and on CBS Radio News, a 400-station network. Donna serves as a guest writer for the Radio Television Digital News Association’s “Communicator Daily” and writes a monthly column for the Alabama Media Professionals newsletter. Francavilla also enjoys freelance TV producing for CBS News and for “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

Speaking Engagement - August 11th, 2017

NFPW 2017 Communications Conference and 80th Anniversary Celebration

Hosted by Alabama Media Professionals

September 7-9, 2017 — Birmingham, Alabama

DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham

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The DoubleTree Hotel will host the 2017 conference.

Thursday morning, Sept. 7 — Take a morning tour of Birmingham's Civil Rights District. We will be back to the conference hotel in plenty of time for the afternoon's opening sessions.

Thursday, Sept. 7 to Saturday, Sept. 9 — NFPW 2017 Conference headquartered at the DoubleTree Hotel near the University of Alabama at Birmingham amid a plethora of eateries. The star-studded conference will include a celebration of NFPW's 80th anniversary, and workshops on creative non-fiction with Pulitzer-prize winning author Rick Bragg; how to talk about your book on television; copyrights and trademarks; monetizing your blog; tightening your writing for busy readers; the future of community newspapers; changes in the AP Stylebook, and a panel on covering racially-charged events and situations.

Sunday, Sept. 10 through Wednesday, Sept. 13 — Four-day post-conference literary pilgrimage tour through cities and towns where famous Alabama authors such as Harper Lee, Mark Childress, Fannie Flagg, Martin Luther King Jr., Hank Williams, biologist E.O. Wilson and F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and worked. It will include a safari through the Mobile Tensaw Delta, considered the Amazon of North America, and a visit to Alabama's gleaming, white-sand Gulf Coast beaches.

Donna Francavilla


Frankly Speaking Communications, LLC


Francavilla has written about the changing technology used by radio reporters through the years for the Radio & Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), where she also writes about news and disaster coverage, concerns, issues and trends in journalism. Francavilla has interviewed top journalists in the business, such as Leslie Stahl, Pierre Thomas, Charles Osgood, Charlie Rose, Lara Logan and Harvey Nagler. As a former news director and radio programmer, television reporter, talk show host and writer, Francavilla is a sought after speaker. She has spoken at the Y’All Connect Social Media Conference in Birmingham, at many RTNDA conferences, before Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs and at the National Federation of Press Women National Conference. She was named among the 2015 Top 50 Over 50 and received the award for the Alabama Media Professionals 2016 Communicator of Achievement.
Frankly Speaking Communications is a boutique strategic communications firm which assists clients in shaping their messages and getting their stories told.


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