Archives for April 2016

Announcing Our 2016 Summer Interns!

The Atlanta Press Club is proud to announce our 2016 summer internship recipients… 


Asia Burns, Samford University

Paired with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Miranda Hawkins, Georgia State University

Paired with WABE


Jordan Hill, University of Georgia

Paired with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Sierra Hubbard, Kennesaw State University

Paired with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Megan Reed, Berry College

Paired with WSB Radio


Joseph Reisigl, University of Georgia

Paired with News Radio 106.7


Will Robinson, University of Georgia

Paired with the Atlanta Business Chronicle


Katelyn Umholtz, University of Georgia

Paired with Atlanta Magazine

The Atlanta Press Club is proud to announce the students selected for its 2016 summer internship program. This year, a record number of eight qualified journalism and communications students were paired with local media organizations for summer internships.

Press Club internships allow students to receive hands-on work experience at some of the leading news organizations in Atlanta. Interns receive a $1,500 stipend for living expenses. Internships require of 15 to 25 hours per week during the summer of 2016.

The Atlanta Press Club has distributed more than $70,000 in scholarships and internships to worthy students seeking careers in the journalism field. Internships are funded by proceeds from the annual Hall of Fame dinner.

Atlanta Press Club Announces 2015 Awards of Excellence Winners


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The Atlanta Press Club would like to congratulate all our finalists and winners from our 2015 Awards of Excellence. Atlanta-area journalists were able to enter themselves or be nominated by someone else. Entries were judged by volunteers from the National Press Club on quality of content, demonstrated reportorial skill and the impact of their work.


Award of Excellence – Print/Online Daily
(Judging resulted with a tie)

Moni Basu, CNN

Jeff Schultz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Award of Excellence – Print/Online Nondaily

Max Blau, Atlanta Magazine


Award of Excellence – Documentary or Series

Richard Halicks and Bill Rankin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Award of Excellence – Radio Reporting

Molly Samuel, WABE


Award of Excellence – TV Reporting
Mark Winne, WSB-TV


Award of Excellence – Videography
Jonathan Samuels, WXIA

  • Links to winning work pending.


Award of Excellence – Use of Sound
Lisa Hagen and Ely Yu, WABE


Award of Excellence – Single Image Photography

Robert Andres, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Award of Excellence – Photo Gallery
Noah Berger, The Weather Channel


Award of Excellence – Investigative Reporting

Brendan Keefe, WXIA

Rising Star Award
(Judging resulted with a tie)

Blayne Alexander, WXIA


Elly Yu, WABE


Award of Excellence – Civil and Human Rights Reporting
(Judging resulted with a tie)

CNN Special Report, CNN Documentary Unit


Danny Robbins, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Award of Excellence – Impact Award

David Armstrong, Georgia News Lab

Working journalists help students follow in footsteps


Originally published in The Sentinal.

The university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with the Atlanta Press Club the morning of Saturday, March 26.

Held in Kennesaw State University’s Social Sciences building, the event was called “Get the Scoop” and featured three working journalists who answered questions from the audience about the ins and outs of working in the field. According to Dr. Carolyn Carlson, a communication professor at KSU and adviser to its SPJ chapter, around 50 students attended the event, most from KSU. Two students were from Georgia State University, and there were also two high school students in the crowd hoping to learn more about the profession. Carlson says this was one of this SPJ chapter’s biggest events in at least a year.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had the Atlanta Press Club do something at Kennesaw State, so that was very exciting,” she said. “Having such a good turnout was a good thing.”

The panel included three journalists from a variety of areas. Elly Yu is a reporter for WABE, Atlanta’s National Public Radio station, where she actually began as an intern after graduate school. Roger Newton graduated from KSU and now works at the Center for Sustainable Journalism as a video editor. Christina Lee is a freelance music journalist who has covered the Atlanta Hawks and OutKast and submitted pieces to Creative Loafing and The Guardian, among others.

From how to handle emotional interviews to the pros and cons of working in freelance, the panelists answered questions about journalism in the real world for over an hour and a half.

“Everyone was excited, and they looked really engaged,” Bishop Nesby, president of KSU’s chapter of SPJ, said.

Nesby is a senior majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism. He attributes much of the event’s success to the enthusiasm of Lee, Yu and Newton.

“Our panelists did a wonderful job,” Nesby said. “They were very personable once we got into the networking setting.”

The networking lunch was the last portion of the event. After the Q&A session, students were treated to a free lunch and were invited to sit with the panelists, who were each seated at separate tables. This setup allowed students the freedom to introduce themselves briefly or sit down for a conversation over lunch, whichever they preferred. Each of the panelists stayed and chatted with students for over an hour, giving them a chance to ask more questions or exchange business cards.

“I was very impressed with how interested the students were and how much they wanted to learn about being a working journalist,” Jay Lawrence said. He is a board member with the Atlanta Press Club, and he was also excited about the number of attendees.

“The turnout was great, more than we expected,” he said. “We were really glad to see so many students give up their Saturday for this.”

According to Carlson, KSU’s chapter of SPJ has plans to continue this trend and see even larger crowds.

“We’re talking with the Atlanta Press Club about doing this annually, so hopefully we’ll have another big event next year,” she said.

Lawrence agreed and lit up at the prospect of returning to the campus.

“Absolutely, we want to come back to KSU,” he said.

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is the secretary of KSU’s chapter of SPJ.