William Page, partner, draws from a 30-year career in writing, media relations, specialized marketing, and executive training for communications companies, businesses, magazine publishers, political candidates, law firms, and local, regional and federal public safety agencies.
Bill’s media relations and marketing clients have included Hanley-Wood Inc. and Sampler Publications, Harley-Davidson, Comcast, Chicago-area law firms, and police unions for two of Illinois’ largest cities. He has developed and led media training programs for clients including lawyers, judges, and assistant states attorneys (prosecutors). Skilled in relating to diverse populations, Bill has provided media training and communications seminars to diplomats from the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the government of Afghanistan. In 2013, he presented original research on Corporate Social Responsibility in small U.S. businesses to the Second International CSR Communication Conference in Aarhus, Denmark.
Drawing from professional experience, he’s taught PR campaigns and writing at Purdue University and writing for journalists at New Mexico State University. He’s also lectured on PR and government affairs at the University of Florida, DePaul University, Florida Institute of Technology, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, and American University. An award-winning newspaper columnist, Bill has published feature articles in Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune Magazine.
Janis Teruggi Page, partner, holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from Missouri School of Journalism, earned after a 20-year professional career in communication management and public relations. She is co-author of the book Introduction to Strategic Public Relations: Digital, Global, and Socially Responsible Communication, a comprehensive guide to the field of public relations as it is today and will be tomorrow.
Janis has held executive positions for regional and national media companies in the shelter, finance, and leisure industries, including Chicago magazine and Sunset magazine. She managed corporate, consumer, B2B, and media relations involving national industry trade show events, new product launches, and programming collaborations with major TV networks, such as HGTV, Lifetime, Discovery, and regional network affiliates.
Mediawerks’ business clients also benefit directly from her years of teaching strategic communication to PR students and working professionals. Since 2005 she has taught at top-tier universities; since 2008, in George Washington University’s prestigious Strategic Public Relations master’s program – a PR Week “PR Education Program of the Year.” In 2016, the College of Professional Studies named her “Professor of the Year.” Combined with her professional experience, she draws from her teaching expertise to counsel clients in PR principles, issues management, communication campaigns, visual messaging, and corporate social responsibility.
An active and award-winning PR and visual communication scholar, she has developed numerous national and global conference presentations, as well as book chapters and journal articles. Her work appears in the Journal of Political Management, the Handbook of Strategic Communication, and in edited volumes on PR and visual persuasion ethics. She stays current in the field as an active member of several national and international communication associations, as well as the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).