Archives for January 2016

Apply by Feb. 16 for Journalism Fellowships on Immigrant Children & Education

Nowhere is the U.S. demographic shift being felt sooner and more dramatically than in schools. By 2020, one in three children will be an immigrant or have an immigrant parent. How schools are responding to the fastest growing group of U.S. children will be the focus of a fellowship training program organized by the Institute for Justice & Journalism. 

Up to 18 journalists will be chosen to attend the conference, to be held March 30-April 1 at Georgia State University in Atlanta. IJJ will pay for travel and other expenses.
As part of their applications, journalists must propose an enterprise project on immigrant children and families for publication or broadcast. Each fellow will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the story project.

The conference will include:
— An interactive workshop on finding and interpreting data with Laura Speer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, who oversees the Kids Count Data Center, which collects and analyzes the most comprehensive and latest statistics about U.S. children.
— A hands-on workshop on investigative techniques with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Martha Mendoza of the Associated Press, an acclaimed FOIA expert.
— A seminar on immigration law with attorney Dan Kowalski, a very popular teacher and editor of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin.
— A talk about the Asian American model minority myth with two former immigrant gang members and a journalist/filmmaker who has documented gangs.
— Panels about educational inequities, racial profiling in classrooms and the impact of education and immigration policies on English language learners.
— A discussion about the similarities and differences between the DREAMERs and 1960s civil rights activists and how people from those groups have joined forces in Atlanta.
Applicants must be U.S. residents (no overseas-based journalists) and have at least three years of journalism experience. Read more about our program, review the application requirements and see past fellows’ projects. Applications are due Feb. 16. For questions, email

IJJ is a Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit that promotes better journalism about social justice issues by providing training, funding stories and convening data hackathons. Our 2016 fellowship is funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children.

White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails Prize in Southern Poetry

In a continuing celebration of Southern culture and arts, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, an Atlanta based restaurant offering contemporary Southern cuisine, invites poets from across the South to participate in the first annual White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Prize in Southern Poetry.  Poems will be on the topic of Love, no matter what the context, and judged prior to Valentine’s Day.

Poems will be evaluated and judged by Kevin Young, author of eight books of poetry and esteemed Professor of Creative Writing and English at Emory University. The winning love poem will be featured on the restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu running from February 12 through the 14 and the winning poet will receive a $1,500 prize.

To learn more about White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and its commitment to Southern Arts & Culture, please visit us at

Rules for Submission

1.       The contest is open to all poets who currently reside in and have had residency in one of the following states for a minimum of 12 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.)

2.       Writers who have published 2 or more full-length collections of poetry or who do not meet the residency requirements are NOT eligible

3.       Translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not acceptable, however manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are perfectly fine

4.       All poems submitted will become the property of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and can be published without further approval of author

5.       Manuscripts must be received prior to February 5, 2016

6.       The submitted poems will not be returned

7.       No entry fee required

8.      Poem Guidelines:

·         Only one submission per author

·         40 line limit

·         Must be on the topic of “Love”, but can be a “Love” of anything

·         Poem must be typed (single-spaced)

·         Author must include name, address, phone number, email address, word count and manuscript title on the submitted poem

9.       Poems must be submitted by email to

10.   No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest

11.    The winner will be announced on February 12, 2016 and contacted to discuss delivery of the $1,500 payment prize

Meet Turner Chairman and CEO John Martin at the Atlanta Press Club



John Martin, chairman and CEO of Turner, will be the featured guest at an Atlanta Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on Thursday, April 13. 

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Martin took over leadership of Turner in January 2014. In his role he oversees Turner’s vast portfolio of networks, including CNN/U.S., CNN International, and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Previously, he was chief financial and administrative officer of Time Warner Inc.

Rickey Bevington, senior anchor and correspondent for Georgia Public Broadcasting, will lead Martin in a moderated conversation.


Thursday, April 13
11:30 a.m. – Registration
Noon – Discussion
1:15 p.m. – Adjourn


The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street NE, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dress at the Commerce Club is business attire.

The ticket price does not include parking. Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $5 after the event. Guests must bring the ticket they receive upon entering the deck to receive a discount. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very convenient.


The Atlanta Press Club offers sponsorship opportunities and promotion for your company with this event. Please contact development director Carolyn Proffitt at or 404.228.5392 for details and benefits.


This luncheon is open to the public.

Working journalists who wish to cover this event but not partake in lunch may attend for free. Reservations are still required and can be made by calling 404-577-7377 or emailing

APC Member Prices
General admission ticket – $30
Table of 10 – $300
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $325

Nonmember Prices
General admission ticket – $40
Table of 10 – $400
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign & program listing – $450

Tickets and tables may be purchased here or by calling 404-577-7377. Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48 business-hour cancellation policy.

The 2016 Awards of Excellence Reception

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2016 Awards of Excellence Reception 

Finalists have been chosen for the 2016 Atlanta Press Club Awards of Excellence. The finalists are Atlanta-area journalists who have been selected because of their exceptional work logothroughout 2016.

Members of the National Press Club and the Alaska Press Club judged each entry to determine the finalists and winners. 

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Winners of each category will be announced on Thursday, April 13 at the Commerce Club. A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and winners will be announced beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets to the 2016 Awards of Excellence reception are $30 for Atlanta Press Club members and $40 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased here.

The finalists are: 

                  Print/Online – Daily                  
Brenda Goodman, WebMD
Joshua Sharpe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Holly Yan, CNN 

Print/Online Nondaily
Moni Basu, CNN
Max Blau, Multiple Outlets
Josh Green, Atlanta Magazine
Catherine Shoichet and Evelio Contreras, CNN

Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Matt Livingston, Lauren Rudeseal, Blis Savidge, WXIA
Ryon Horne, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Don Smith, Georgia Public Broadcasting

Radio Reporting
Michael Caputo, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Bradley George, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Elly Yu, WABE

TV Reporting
Brendan Keefe, WXIA
Rebecca Lindstrom and Jon Samuels, WXIA 

Grant Blankenship and Bradley George, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Matthew Gannon and John Sutter, CNN
Ryan Horne, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kait Parker, Marcus Stern and Spencer Wilking, The Weather Channel 

Use of Sound
Sean Powers, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Molly Samuel, WABE
Jon Samuels and Jaye Watson, WXIA
Sam Whitehead, Georgia Public Broadcasting

Single Image Photo
Bob Andres, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Curtis Compton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
John Spink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Photo Gallery
Dustin Chambers and Camille Pendley, Atlanta Magazine
Camille Pendley, Multiple Outlets
John Spink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Investigative Reporting
Brenda Goodman, WebMD and Andy Miller, Georgia Health News
Brendan Keefe, WXIA
James Salzer and Aaron Gould Sheinin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Rising Star
Neima Abdulahi, WXIA
Aaron Bauer, Around the Rings
Lisa Hagen, WABE

News Innovation Award
(in partnership with the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership) This category was judged by a representative from Google News Lab.
Georgia News Lab, David Armstrong
“Doctors & Sex Abuse,” Jeff Ernsthausen, Emily Merwin and Saurabh Datar, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brendan Keefe, WXIA


Additionally, the Atlanta Press Club is proud to honor the 2016 Impact Award recipient, Hollie Manheimer, who has served as executive director of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation for two decades. The Georgia First Amendment Foundation is dedicated to educating the public about government transparency and freedom of information.

The winner of the Atlanta Press Club Impact Award is a Georgian (not necessarily a journalist) who had a significant impact on the journalism profession in the previous calendar year and has furthered the mission of the APC, which is focused on fostering journalistic excellence and advancing the public’s understanding of a free press.

Media and the American Muslim Community



Click here to register.