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The Atlanta Press Club’s mission is to serve the evolving professional, educational and social needs of our media community, foster journalistic excellence and advance the public’s interest in and understanding of a free press.

Members of the news media have been labeled “the enemy.” Falsehoods are being presented as facts. News organizations are not only being blocked from access to press briefings but even being threatened with physical harm. Support for the professional needs of Atlanta’s media community is always important. And it’s more important now than ever before.

Good journalism serves our nation; it ensures the checks and balances that keep our institutions strong. Below are just some of the ways the Atlanta Press Club supports our journalisms community. We ask you to help us provide even more support.

 

Journalism Matters Levels of Support

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Listed as a supporter of journalism on Atlanta Press Club website and receive a “Journalism Matters” lined notebook or tote bag

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Listed as a supporter of journalism on the Atlanta Press Club website and receive a “Journalism Matters” baseball cap or stainless steel travel mug

$350

Listed as a supporter of journalism on the Atlanta Press Club website, receive two “Journalism Matters” items of your choice as well as two tickets to the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame dinner on Tuesday, October 10 at InterContinental Buckhead.

 

Click here to make your donation and support journalism today.

 

Here are some of the ways the Atlanta Press Club supports journalists:

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Training Programs and Workshops

As part of our mission, APC provides training sessions throughout the year to help working journalists do their jobs better. Recently, we’ve held writing workshops to help journalists hone their pitching, storytelling and editing skills. We’ve also hosted training sessions focused on sharing technical tools journalists can use to make gathering and compiling information easier and faster.

In addition, we hold monthly educational programs on legal and social topics such as current legislation, First Amendment law, race and the media.

 

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Supporting Future Journalists

APC supports local journalism students with programs specifically tailored to those continuing their educations.

We annually place local journalism students with paid summer internships at some of Atlanta’s best news organizations, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WABE, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing and others.

These internships allow up-and-coming journalists to gain hands-on experience with seasoned editors and journalists while completing their educations.

Additionally, APC’s “Get the Scoop” program is now in its second year. Get the Scoop is a student-only event held once a semester at a local university. Journalism students attend a panel discussion with local journalists just getting started in their careers to discuss how to land a first job, how to pitch stories and how to network.

 

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Recognizing Quality Journalism

While supporting and encouraging good journalism, APC recognizes the excellent journalism already being done. Our annual Awards of Excellence celebrates the best journalism in the Atlanta area. A volunteer judge from the National Press Club, who has judged our Awards of Excellence for two years, recently said, “Atlanta is blessed with having a vibrant print and broadcast media.” We believe an effective way to counter recent attacks on the media is to shed light on good journalism, and our Awards of Excellence continues to foster this idea.

News Director — CBS 46

This is one of the most critical positions in the newsroom. The News Director is the day to day manager of the news operation; must understand, embrace and implement newsroom long term and short term strategy. Provides daily and leadership following the strategies, branding and budget set by the VP of Digital Content.
The News Director plays a critical role in story development with reporters and is responsible to review scripts for accuracy, legal issues, content, value, relevance, grammar and overall direction. Will be intimately involved in recruiting newsroom personal and responsible hiring certain job categories. Person must have a network in the industry to identify up and coming talent. They will serve as the primary point of contact in the newsroom; must demonstrate fairness and sensitivity in all interactions with employees and news subjects, stressing fairness, balance and consistency. They will have strong interaction with other departments and must be a team player.

The News Director must be actively engage in putting content on the web and directing the newsroom to support a multi-platform environment. Essential Job Functions

60% – Dayside newsroom supervision, including reviewing scripts, working with newsroom assets and other depts., daily editorial web oversight
30% – Administrative functions – schedules. Time sheets, project coordination

10% – Assist in news strategy planning and breaking news coverage
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications:
All must be met to be considered.

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism or related field, or equivalent training and/or experience.

Experience:
Five years of experience in television news management.
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must possess thorough understanding of television news operations.
Good leadership skills.
Must understand the importance of promoting and branding a newscast.
Must possess knowledge of budgeting process.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet deadlines.
%Travel Required (Approximate):

Interested, qualified candidates should apply on line at
www.meredith.com
Meredith Corporation, CBS46 WGCL-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Local government team seeking reporter

The Local Government/Economy Team is looking to hire an Atlanta City Hall reporter/correspondent.

This reporter will join Atlanta correspondent Leon Stafford in covering the day-to-day operations of the city, the mayoral election, the brewing bribery scandal and the exit of term-limited Mayor Kasim Reed.

 

Following the transition, Leon will lead our watchdog coverage on the Southside.

 

If you have any questions or interest in the job, please contact Senior Editor Todd Duncan or DME Leroy Chapman.

 

Click here to view the job description and to apply.  if interested.

 

You can also send the link to someone outside the AJC who might be interested in the position.

 

Here is the job description:

 

ATLANTA CITY HALL REPORTER

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

This correspondent is charged with developing and writing stories on the city of Atlanta beat. The correspondent is responsible for daily reporting on the city’s fiscal operations – including those of the government. The reporter must focus on unearthing inefficiencies and wasteful spending of public dollars and provide general watchdog reporting. This reporter will also write about political trends and public policy issues within Atlanta. The reporter will report to Sr. Editor Todd Duncan

 

JOB DUTIES:

  • Follow state legislative action as it relates to the city.
  • Identify social trends that provide readers with an understanding of residents’ lifestyles, politics, and community values.
  • Generate unique profiles that spotlight individuals who illustrate the richness and diversity of their communities.
  • Establish a large network of community contacts in order to ensure awareness of those issues that resonate with our audience. It will be this reporter’s responsibility to capture those conversations for our platforms. 
  • Must be able to produce clean, organized publication-ready content with a minimum of supervision.
  • He or she must be able to handle various distribution outlets such as social, free and paid, and must be able to use a variety of storytelling tools including video, data, and other narrative elements and emerging digital-only formats. At its most effective, this correspondent’s work will achieve tangible, positive results on behalf of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s readers.
  • Demonstrate a highly developed capacity to use the Internet as a reporting tool.
  • Must be able to break news often for ajc.com while quickly turning well-reported dailies and substantial enterprise for Sunday and Page One.
  • Must be comfortable with metrics and audience development strategies.
  • Collaborate across the newsroom and across topics, with reporters whose primary topics are transportation, business, public safety, politics, etc.

Qualifications

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent in experience.  

 

EXPERIENCE:

  • Five years of experience with a newspaper covering a county or municipal government preferred.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Displays a clear ability to develop strong, reader-focused story ideas and write about complex concepts with clarity and authority.
  • Fluent in the use of government records and the state and federal open records acts. 
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database programs a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized and, when warranted, manage and juggle multiple stories simultaneously.
  • Must have strong skills in communicating and collaborating with editors and colleagues.
  • Capacity to shoot own photographs when needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in digital media, providing searchable data for Web readers, etc.
  • Work samples or portfolio must be submitted with application in order to be considered for this position.

Multimedia Journalist — CBS 46

The MMJ gathers news for broadcast, web and other platforms of the future. The incumbent shoots, writes and edits stories. In addition, the MMJ:
• Appears on-air and coordinates live shots.
• Collaborates with assignment desk, producers and managers on story development.
• Writes daily content for the website.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
20% – Coordinates story generation and source development.
20% – Shoots stories.
30% – Writes/edits.
30% – Appears live on-air.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: All must be met to be considered.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Broadcasting, Communications or related field

EXPERIENCE: 3-5 years of experience in multi-markets preferred

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong storytelling skills.
Capable of being demonstrative.
Ability to provide active stand-ups and live shots.
Ability to enterprise hard news stories on a daily basis.
Skilled in infusing investigative elements into reports.
Strong writing, editing and shooting skills.
Good news gathering skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Attention to detail.
Ability to work in a team-oriented environment.
Strong on-air presence.
Must possess a valid Driver’s license

Paginator/Graphics Professional — Newnan Times Herald

A bright, imaginative and energetic graphics professional can blossom as paginator at The Newnan Times-Herald, an award-winning newspaper in a booming Atlanta suburb that’s crawling with zombies.
The burgeoning local movie business is just part of the fun of working at this dynamic company. The NTH paginator team publishes the newspaper four days a week, a weekly TMC, magazine and respected special sections. This present opportunities for a creative person to spread his or her wings.
Email a resume and clips to walter@newnan.com.

Senior Editor — Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta magazine is looking for an experienced, creative, highly motivated editor to oversee a broad range of duties in the magazine’s custom media division. This editor will plan, assign, write, and edit stories for Georgia Travel Guide, Southbound magazine, and additional titles. He or she will oversee stories, from short front-of-book pieces to 3,000-word features, from conception to proof.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

– Serving as editor of the Georgia Travel Guide, overseeing editorial content, working directly with members of the state’s tourism office, assigning and editing stories, writing content, and collaborating with the design director on visual presentation of features and departments
– Serving as executive editor of Southbound magazine, Atlanta magazine’s regional travel ancillary, generating compelling ideas for magazine features and departments, writing stories, and assigning and editing content for the print publication and website
– Serving as editor of additional custom or ancillary titles as needed, working with in-house editorial staff, contractors, and clients

Successful candidates will possess:
– Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or communications
– At least five years of experience writing or editing at a magazine or website
– Strong communications skills
– Strong time-management skills
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Ability to work collaboratively with other editors and art directors
– Familiarity with Southern travel and culture

If you are a qualified candidate and interested in this position, we encourage you to apply. Please email a cover letter and resume and to AMCMHR@atlantamagazine.com.

Weekend Digital Coach — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The News Digital Coach (Weekends) is a digital media professional who is responsible for planning and executing digital distribution for and on weekends, with a goal of increasing traffic to AJC digital properties. He or she will coach the weekend producing and reporting staff, helping to shape news coverage and making decisions across our digital products. The Digital Coach will act as the weekend newsroom leader, guiding news coverage and distribution.

 

Job Description
Digital Coach-Weekends(Job Number: 177036)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Description

POSITION SUMMARY AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

The News Digital Coach (Weekends) is a digital media professional who is responsible for planning and executing digital distribution for and on weekends, with a goal of increasing traffic to AJC digital properties. He or she will coach the weekend producing and reporting staff, helping to shape news coverage and making decisions across our digital products.

The Digital Coach will act as the weekend newsroom leader, guiding news coverage and distribution.

During the week, he or she will work with content senior editors and their teams to ensure that they are producing the content needed to drive engagement across our digital products on weekends, and that they are responding to audience metrics and research.

The ideal candidate has great news judgment, newsroom experience, experience working with a content management system, and is both detail-oriented and gets the big picture when there’s a major news event. Candidates should demonstrate strong understanding of audience metrics and engagement tactics.

This role will include work on Saturdays and Sundays, in either a 5- or 4-day week. Schedule may include nights, weekends, holidays and other non-traditional hours based on the news cycle. This role reports to the Senior Editor/Digital and is not a direct manager but indirectly manages the weekend digital team and is a key leader in the broader group.

JOB DUTIES AND JOB TASKS:

Act as supervisor for weekend staff, decision-maker for launching breaking news coverage, and lead point of contact for AJC.
Responsible for planning/programming weekend news coverage and distribution, guiding the weekend reporters and producers on their priorities for stories to produce and distribute across homepages, push notifications, social media, and email newsletters.
Responsible for programming weekend newsletters to subscribers, working with the content teams during the week to ensure premium content is available.
Ensures content is fully optimized for SEO, with the proper tags, and related content and video.
Tracks and analyzes performance metrics, and optimizes content production and distribution accordingly.
Create or edit content for the AJC digital products as needed.
Contributes to efforts to fully understand existing technology products to better facilitate ways to improve the site and its production tools.
Manages weekend on-call schedules.
Collaborates, as needed, with weekend print leaders on content needs for the weekend and Monday print editions.
Assists the Senior Editor/Digital in performance evaluations, scheduling and other leadership tasks.
Assists Senior Editor/Digital in execution of newsroom digital strategy.
Offers any organizational and administrative assistance needed.
Consistently brainstorms, initiates and executes new content ideas to drive traffic.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE:
Minimum 3 years’ newsroom/assignment desk/web experience-5+ years preferred; leadership (at team level) experience preferred.
Demonstrated leadership ability.
Strong news judgment.
Experience thinking editorially across digital products.
Understanding how content is shared across both established and emerging platforms.
Deep knowledge of audience and demonstrated ability to create content to meet audience needs across platforms.
Strong ability to organize, analyze, interpret and disseminate information.
Strong communication and presentation skills.
Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
Aggressive mobile and desktop programming skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Experience delivering content in Web platforms.
Experience in CMS tools.
Working knowledge of SEO.
Strong project management and organizational skills.
Comfortable communicating with individuals at all levels within an organization, including individuals at other properties.
Strong attention to detail and quality.
Thorough knowledge of AP-style writing, grammar, usage, spelling.
Ability to multi-task, adapt and be flexible to newsroom needs.
Experience coaching an editorial team is a plus.

INTERFACE REQUIREMENTS:
Other newsroom journalists, sources, public officials.

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.

Organization: Cox Media Group
Primary Location: US-GA-Atlanta-223 Perimeter Center Pkwy NE

Employee Status: Regular
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Shift: Weekend –
Travel: No
Schedule: Full-time

Unposting Date: Ongoing

 

Apply through the Cox Media Group Careers Website (Atlanta). Search for Digital Coach-Weekends(Job Number: 177036)

Communications Intern — Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Communications Intern -€“ Summer 2017

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transforms communities by acting as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization through education, innovative development, partnerships, and long term relationships with families. Atlanta Habitat offers an intern the opportunity to be part of our great mission through assisting the communications team. The Communications Intern will have the opportunity to build a robust portfolio as a creative member of the Atlanta Habitat Communications Team.

 

Internship Requirements
• Currently enrolled undergraduate junior or senior who is majoring in public relations, communications, media studies, journalism, integrated marketing, or a related major. Graduate students studying journalism and marketing may also apply.
• Available to work 15-20 hours per week. Schedule can be flexible, and will require some weekend and evening assignments within those hours.
• Excellent verbal and written communication
• Basic news and or feature writing
• Use of AP style
• Ability to meet deadlines with special attention to details
• Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff members, volunteers and community leaders

Internship Information
• Upon completing the agreed upon requirements of the internship, intern will be granted a small stipend.
• Atlanta Habitat will, to the best of its ability, complete university requirements required for the student to receive course credit.
• Internship term of 10 weeks from May-August (flexible).
• Intern will report to the Marketing Communications Director and work closely with the Communications Team.

Internship Assignments/Projects
• Capture story content from house build activities and other neighborhood revitalization projects to produce informative and engaging news features to share on Atlanta Habitat Communications channels (social media, website, newsletters, Email marketing).
• Support production of an organization newsletter (print and E-versions). This work includes research, interviews, writing and some photography.
• Write feature stories for website, social media channels, newsletters and news releases.
• Support coordination of media events.
• Complete other marketing communications tasks as directed.

 

To apply for this internship – please send a resume, cover letter and two writing samples to interns@atlantahabitat.org with “Communications Intern” in the subject line. Please no walk-ins, phone calls or faxes. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 14, 2017. Only candidates meeting all internship requirements will be considered. Atlanta Habitat is located in the Reynoldstown neighborhood in Atlanta, and is near MARTA bus and rail lines.

Atlanta Habitat has an open door policy: all who desire to be a part of this work are welcome regardless of race, color, gender identity, family medical history or genetic information, religion, sex, disability, familial status, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, past or present military status, receipt of public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by law including, but not limited to, the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. This policy applies to all employees, volunteers, financial supporters, and applicants.

Digital Media Intern — Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Digital Media Intern – Summer 2017

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transforms communities by acting as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization through education, innovative development, partnerships, and long term relationships with families. Atlanta Habitat offers an intern the opportunity to be part of our great mission through assisting the communications team.

The Digital Media Intern will have the opportunity to build a robust portfolio as a creative member of the Atlanta Habitat Communications Team. This individual will report to the Marketing Communications Director and will be eligible to receive course credit where applicable and a small stipend.

Internship Requirements
• Currently enrolled undergraduate junior or senior who is majoring in photography, videography, digital media, media studies, integrated marketing or a related major.
• Available to work 15- 20 hours per week. Schedule can be flexible, and will require some weekend and evening assignments within those hours.
• Excellent verbal and written communication
• Basic news and or feature writing
• Use of AP style
• Ability to meet deadlines with special attention to details
• Ability to work well with a diverse group of staff members, volunteers and community leaders

Internship Information
• Upon completing the agreed upon requirements of the internship, intern will be granted a small stipend.
• Atlanta Habitat will, to the best of its ability, complete university requirements required for the student to receive course credit.
• Internship term of 10 weeks from May-August (flexible).
• Intern will report to the Marketing Communications Director and work closely with the Communications Team.

Internship Assignments/Projects
• Capture visual content (photography and videography) from house builds, neighborhood revitalization projects and special projects to produce as features to share through Atlanta Habitat Communications channels (social media, website, newsletters, Email marketing) and for marketing purposes.
• Complete other marketing communications tasks as directed that support the organization as well as Atlanta Habitat ReStore.

 

To apply for this internship – please send a resume, cover letter and two writing samples to interns@atlantahabitat.org with “Digital Media Intern” in the subject line. Please no walk-ins, phone calls or faxes. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 14, 2017. Only candidates meeting all internship requirements will be considered. Atlanta Habitat is located in the Reynoldstown neighborhood in Atlanta, and is near MARTA bus and rail lines.

Atlanta Habitat has an open door policy: all who desire to be a part of this work are welcome regardless of race, color, gender identity, family medical history or genetic information, religion, sex, disability, familial status, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation, past or present military status, receipt of public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by law including, but not limited to, the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. This policy applies to all employees, volunteers, financial supporters, and applicants.

Marketing Intern — Everywhere Agency

The Marketing Intern will work collaboratively with the Everywhere Agency team. Some of the general tasks he or she will be responsible for include contributing to email marketing activities, database research and data input, content creation and curation, as well as supporting events and meetings of the marketing team. The Marketing Intern will also work toward a final semester project which he or she will present to the team and be able to add to a portfolio.

 

Time Commitment: Maximum of 20 hours per week, minimum of 12 hours per week.

Expected Start Date: May 2017

Duration: 3 months (flexible, with possibility of extension)

Internship Benefits:
Gain invaluable working experience in a fun, exciting, results-driven firm
Opportunity to work in a collaborative environment alongside people who are at the top of their fields
Establish a professional network and make many valuable connections by attending Atlanta-based events with team members
Chance to be fully integrated into the organization. This includes getting to know the ins and outs of campaign strategies and community management, and an opportunity to be a part of all staff functions: staff meetings, staff activities, and happy hours (if of age, of course).
Earn college course credit where, applicable
Great resume builder
Add new documents to one’s portfolio
Weekly visits from our office pups
Fully stocked fridge and pantry
Casual, welcoming, and fun environment

Qualifications:
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Interest in social media marketing
Organizational skills
Analytical skills
Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of team
Highly motivated and detail-oriented
Eager to learn
Dog-friendly

 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Summer Croom at Summer@EverywhereAgency.com with your resume, cover letter and answers to the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in social media marketing?
2. When would you be available to start?
3. Which days of the week can you devote to our internship program?
4. Which social channels are you using now?
5. Do you read blogs? If so which blogs do you read and why?
6. Links to your social platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Linked in, Blog – if applicable)

Visit www.everywhereagency.com/positions for more info.