Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame Inductee, Claude Sitton, Passes at Age of 89

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By Todd DeFeo for examiner.com

Claude Sitton, a famed journalist who covered the South for the New York Times during the turbulent 1960s, has died, according to reports. He was 89.

Sitton, a Rockdale County, Ga., native joined The New York Times in 1958 as the newspaper’s Southern correspondent. In that role, he established himself as one of the leading reporters on the Civil Rights movement.

“What made him the gold standard was that he went where other reporters didn’t go, and once he got there they followed,” The Associated Press quoted Hank Klibanoff, a former managing editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as saying.

Sitton was honored in 1983 with a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary while with The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh, N.C.

“I had the greatest newspaper job in the world. I had the opportunity to go out and find out the top story in the field, and get into the middle of it,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionquoted Sitton as saying recently. “I wanted to tell what was going on, but more importantly, why.”

Sitton was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame in November alongside Tom Brokaw and others. More recently, Sitton was under hospice care as a result of heart failure, The Associated Press reported.

“It’s hard to imagine there was once a time when covering a story inside the United States carried the same perils as covering a war,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, said during Sitton’s November induction into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. “But, that was the South Claude Sitton covered for six years.”

Reed: Focus on Fundamentals the Key to Success

By Todd DeFeo

ATLANTA — The city of Atlanta will continue to focus on the fundamentals to continue its positive trajectory and ensure a firm financial foundation moving forward, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said on Friday.

In a speech before the Atlanta Press Club, Reed said the city has turned around its financial condition by focusing on the basics. The city will “double down on doing the fundamentals right,” the mayor said.

“When I think about where we are today (it) causes me to think about where we’re going,” said Reed, who was elected to a second term in November. “We’re going to double down on doing the fundamentals right.”

Added Reed: “We can definitely make the case today that Atlanta has ascended, and that it is definitely stronger than it has been in quite some time. … All of the fundamentals are moving in the right direction because we turned to the basics. And, what happens is, when you get the basics right, the business community responds.”

As he’s done throughout his tenure, Reed struck a regional tone with his remarks. Turning to the Savannah port deepening, a project he has advocated for throughout his first term, Reed said the project is going to benefit Metro Atlanta and demonstrates what is possible when politicians throughout the region put aside their political differences.

“It really is going to change the metropolitan Atlanta region forever when we finish this deepening, and that’s why it was the right thing to do,” Reed said.

“I think that the deepening of the Savannah port was a unique moment where the Atlanta metropolitan region worked in partnership with another great region of the state to achieve a vital objective,” the mayor added. “And, when I think of where we are right now, I think it’s because we really turned in to fundamentals like that; as opposed to chasing shiny objects, we have repeatedly turned towards the fundamentals.”

In touting his successes as mayor, Reed — who joked with the audience that he’s loved being mayor with the exception of two days, which he didn’t disclose — told the audience a government should be responsive and functional. That, he said, wasn’t always the case.

“You ought to have a government that basically functions and runs well,” Reed said. “But, the fact of the matter is that’s not really where we were.

“I remember a time when there were community groups in Buckhead that were contemplating contracting to provide private fire service for their own needs,” said Reed said. “I remember when City Hall closed early in order to save money, and employees were being furloughed and laid off. What a difference five years makes when we come together as a community.”

Famed Reporter Claude Sitton Dies at 89

By Todd DeFeo for examiner.com

Claude Sitton, a famed journalist who covered the South for the New York Times during the turbulent 1960s, has died, according to reports. He was 89.

Sitton, a Rockdale County, Ga., native joined The New York Times in 1958 as the newspaper’s Southern correspondent. In that role, he established himself as one of the leading reporters on the Civil Rights movement.

“What made him the gold standard was that he went where other reporters didn’t go, and once he got there they followed,” The Associated Press quoted Hank Klibanoff, a former managing editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as saying.

Sitton was honored in 1983 with a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary while with The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh, N.C.

“I had the greatest newspaper job in the world. I had the opportunity to go out and find out the top story in the field, and get into the middle of it,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionquoted Sitton as saying recently. “I wanted to tell what was going on, but more importantly, why.”

Sitton was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame in November alongside Tom Brokaw and others. More recently, Sitton was under hospice care as a result of heart failure, The Associated Press reported.

“It’s hard to imagine there was once a time when covering a story inside the United States carried the same perils as covering a war,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, said during Sitton’s November induction into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. “But, that was the South Claude Sitton covered for six years.”

George Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Dean of Atlanta’s PR Industry, Passes Away

By Maria Saporta for SaportaReport

George Goodwin, one of Atlanta’s leading journalists and public relations executives, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at his home with his family by his side.

Goodwin, 97, had many claims to fame. He was the first Atlanta journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished local reporting. And he was the undisputed dean of public relations in Atlanta – serving as the city’s top advocate for decades.

George Goodwin
George Goodwin (Special: Atlanta Business Chronicle)

He once told me Atlanta did not need a slogan. The simple word – Atlanta – was beautiful enough to stand on its own.

The family prepared a detailed obituary of his life, which it shared with me, and I, in turn, am sharing it with you.

All I can say about Goodwin is that he represented all those great qualities that helped Atlanta mature from a small Southern city into the metropolis it is today. He helped guide the city through the transition of segregation to integration by relying on his natural Southern gentleman charms.

Throughout his life, Goodwin seemed to have one key goal in mind. What message, policy or attitude would place Atlanta in the best possible position nationally and internationally.

The Atlanta Press Club inducted Goodwin into its Hall of Fame in 2012. I’ll never forget how he came to the dinner wearing an Atlanta Press Club baseball hat from two decades ago – showing how he had treasured the different momentos in his life.

George Goodwin
George Goodwin being inducted into the APC Hall of Fame (Special: Atlanta Press Club)

So many people, especially the women in the crowd, kept commenting on how cute he was. But when he started talking, it was clear that Goodwin’s messages of the need for strong journalism were as powerful as ever.

Here is a youtube video we prepared for that occasion.

Also, the year before, Goodwin received the Dan Sweat award from Central Atlanta Progress. Here is the youtube video that was produced for that annual meeting.

A memorial service for Goodwin will be held on Monday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. The address is 3003 Howell Mill Road N.W.

Here is the family-prepared obituary:

George Evans Goodwin, Jr.

George Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and public relations trailblazer, helped shape modern Atlanta. Since the 1940s, his quiet influence helped guide the city into becoming an economic powerhouse and major population center. His greatest talent was helping people of different political, religious, and social backgrounds work together for the common good of Atlanta. He never sought the personal spotlight, believing instead in Robert Woodruff’s creed, “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

George Evans Goodwin, Jr., died on January 21, 2015 at his Atlanta home.

As an Atlanta newspaper reporter – first with The Atlanta Georgian and later with The Atlanta Journal – he covered many of Atlanta’s biggest stories, including the motion picture premiere of “Gone With The Wind” and the Winecoff Hotel fire, which remains America’s deadliest hotel fire. As a Journal reporter in 1947, his series exposing voting fraud in Telfair County, where the dead voted in alphabetical order, was tied to a point in Georgia’s infamous history when three politicians claimed to be the state’s governor. In 1948 for this investigative series, Mr. Goodwin was awarded the first Pulitzer Prize in journalism for Distinguished Local Reporting, a first for the Atlanta newspaper. He later explained to Journal readers details of the 1951 Plan of Improvement which expanded Atlanta’s city limits and changed government responsibilities in Atlanta and Fulton County. His interest in civic affairs never ceased.

George Goodwin in April 2014 wearing the Atlanta Press Club baseball cap (Photo by Stacey Hader Epstein)
George Goodwin in April 2014 wearing the Atlanta Press Club baseball cap (Photo by Stacey Hader Epstein)

In 1965, he opened the Atlanta office of Bell and Stanton Public Relations, headquartered in New York. This was Atlanta’s first national public relations firm later called Manning, Selvage & Lee. It is now known as MS&L Worldwide and continues to count among its clients many of Atlanta’s premier businesses. Mr. Goodwin was acknowledged nationally as Atlanta’s “dean of public relations.” Two awards are named in his honor: MS&L’s grant for community service and the Public Relations Society of America Georgia chapter’s award for volunteer service.

Search Atlanta’s history over the past 65 years and you’ll find George Goodwin’s name subtly interwoven. His role in shaping the city is preserved in the archives of the state’s major universities. Be it planning for growth and development; sustaining libraries and the arts; promoting philanthropy; improving education; advancing race relations or encouraging civic responsibility, George Goodwin was a force for progress and understanding. He helped charities and foundations raise and distribute money. He applied his exceptional writing skills to present the city favorably to business interests around the world. Mr. Goodwin’s ability to listen and then share advice was valued by generations of Atlanta civic, business and government leaders. Mayors William B. Hartsfield, Ivan Allen Jr., Sam Massell, Maynard Jackson, Andrew Young, and Shirley Franklin sought his counsel as did many seeking public office. He was admired as a progressive thinker who understood and drew energy from the urban environment.

Born and raised in Atlanta’s West End, he lived near the Wren’s Nest library branch which became almost a second home for him. As a teenager, he sold issues of The Saturday Evening Post. Mr. Goodwin was a life-long supporter of his alma mater, Atlanta’s old Boys High School, and in 2006 – with Herbert Miller and Anya Martin – wrote the book “Boys’ High Forever: The History of an Extraordinary Atlanta Public High School.” Washington and Lee University, from which he graduated in 1939, awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1997. He served in the Office of Naval Intelligence in the Pacific during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Goodwin is also honored with a place in the Atlanta Press Club’s Hall of Fame and was the 2011 recipient of the Central Atlanta Progress Dan Sweat Award.

He and his beloved wife, Lois “Skippy” Goodwin, were among the founders of Trinity Presbyterian Church on Howell Mill Road in 1949. Former Trinity senior minister the Rev. Joanna Adams, speaking at Mr. Goodwin’s 95th birthday observance, said, “Of all the legacies George is going to leave, most significant has been helping our city learn how different people can live together and communicate with each other in a spirit of civility and respect.” Also at that birthday celebration, Trinity’s current senior pastor, the Rev. Pam Driesell, said of Mr. Goodwin, “You spent your days — and spend your days still — investing in community. You sacrificed your time, energy, intellect, words, and other resources when you invested in the community of Trinity Presbyterian Church. It is a thriving community of faith that has invested in the community of Atlanta … and those investments continue to bear fruit.”

Mr. Goodwin was instrumental in forming the Atlanta Arts Alliance, chaired the city’s observance of the nation’s bicentennial, was an Oglethorpe University trustee, and a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. He served on the board of directors for Atlanta Cares, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and the Alliance Theatre. He helped found The Westminster Schools and in the reorganization of The Lovett School.

From 1952 to 1954, he was executive director of the Central Atlanta Improvement Association that later became Central Atlanta Progress. Between 1954 and 1964, he was a vice president of The First National Bank of Atlanta. As a member of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System board of trustees, Mr. Goodwin was a positive influence regarding racially integrating the public libraries in 1959. In the 1960s, he spearheaded the Forward Atlanta project, a movement that put Atlanta on the map as the capitol of the New South. Fifty years ago, he was one of the sponsors of the historic Atlanta dinner honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after Dr. King received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Goodwin played a major role in creating MARTA and advised on the city’s traffic and transportation issues. At age 88, he still came went in to work every day, only retiring in 2005 after the death of his wife of 65 years. As one friend summed it up, Mr. Goodwin had his hands in so many things, but his fingerprints aren’t visible on many of them.

Away from work, he was a member of the Hal Davidson Philosophy Club, The Inquiry Club, The Breakfast Club, and the Atlanta Chapter of the English-Speaking Union. Whether enjoying a dinner discussion group with his wife and friends or influencing decision-makers, he was noted for his pregnant pauses followed by a piece of wise advice. When he got an impish glint in his eyes, a wickedly funny story would follow. All was tempered by his wisdom, insight, good judgment, kindness, tolerance, and genuine interest in the people around him.

He is acknowledged as one of the best friends Atlanta ever had. Without George Goodwin, Atlanta would not be the good city it is today.

Survivors include two sons, Clark Goodwin and his wife, Gail, of Atlanta and Allen Goodwin and his wife, Elizabeth, of Roswell; four grandchildren, Warren Goodwin of Atlanta, Emily Goodwin-Martin of Hood River, OR, and Justin Goodwin and David Goodwin, both of Roswell; and one great-grandson, David Sheffield Martin III of Hood River. The family is grateful to Relus Lucear, his gardener, and to Jackee Hooten, his caregiver.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta Trust Fund, to Friends of Disabled Adults and Children of Stone Mountain, or to a charity of your choice.

Four Inducted into Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame

VIP ReceptionATLANTA — The Atlanta community paused Friday to celebrate the works of four legendary journalists who were inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. 

Tom Brokaw, Celestine Sibley, Claude Sitton and Brenda Wood were inducted as part of the Atlanta Press Club’s fourth class into the hall during a dinner ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead.

“The Hall of Fame recognizes Atlanta journalists whose life’s work embodies the best in our business,” former WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson, a 2013 inductee into the Hall of Fame, told the audience. “Tonight we honor some of the greatest journalists whose impact on Atlanta and the country literally will be felt forever.” 

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Tom Brokaw
Before he joined NBC News in 1966, Brokaw worked in Atlanta for WSB-TV. During his career, Brokaw has won numerous awards, including two DuPonts, a Peabody and several Emmys.

“There is virtually no honor in this profession of ours that he has not earned,” said Tom Johnson, former CNN president and 2011 Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame Inductee, who inducted Brokaw. “He did it by hard work, by perseverance and maintaining standards of the highest integrity along the way. He’s a journalist’s journalist, going where the new breaks.”

While with NBC News, Brokaw served as White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal and later anchored “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” He was the only American journalist on the scene in Berlin when the Berlin Wall fell, and later, he coined the phrase “The Greatest Generation” in reference to World War II veterans, Johnson said.

“I was a minor league reporter when I got here, but I worked with the major leaguers,” Brokaw said, reflecting on his tenure in Atlanta.

“I am deeply touched by this honor,” Brokaw said. “I have always been attached to Atlanta.”

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Claude Sitton
Sitton joined The New York Times in 1958 as the newspaper’s Southern correspondent. In that role, he established himself as one of the leading reporters on the Civil Rights movement.

“It’s hard to imagine there was once a time when covering a story inside the United States carried the same perils as covering a war,” said Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, who inducted Sitton. “But, that was the South Claude Sitton covered for six years.”

Sitton was honored in 1983 with a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary while with The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh, N.C.

 

Celestine Sibley
During her career, which spanned six decades, Sibley penned more than 10,000 columns and news stories and also authored more than 30 books. Sibley, who died in 1999, was a reporter and columnist for The Atlanta Constitution from 1941 until 1999.

“There was never a journalist with a stronger work ethic than Celestine Sibley,” said Kathy Trocheck, a bestselling author better known by her pen name Mary Kay Andrews. “One of her newspaper colleagues famously remarked that she could turn out a column in the time it took him to adjust the margins on his typewriter. We all knew that was an understatement.

“In that same time, Celestine would not only have written a column, she would have fed the dog, knit a sweater and gotten an innocent convict paroled from prison,” Trocheck added.

 

Brenda Wood
Wood joined WXIA-TV in 1997 after stints in Huntsville, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Nashville, Tenn.

“Brenda always seems to hit a home run,” said noted journalist and 2012 Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame Inductee Xernona Clayton, who inducted Wood. “We watch her every night, and the way she delivers the news, you believe her. When you look at her, you know she’s speaking the truth.”

Among her many awards are 15 Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), six awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ) and three honors from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB).

“Not ever in my wildest imaginations could I have dreamed of this moment,” Wood told the crowd. “To be even mentioned in the same paragraph with Celestine Sibley and Claude Sitton and Tom Brokaw … who would have thought? It is the ultimate compliment and extraordinarily humbling.”

 

50 Years As Journalistic Organization
In addition to inducting the four honorees into the Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Press Club on Friday also toasted to its 50th anniversary.

The Atlanta Press Club was founded in 1964. Today, the organization has nearly 600 members, making it one of the largest and most active in the country.

“It’s been a great ride; let’s look forward to the next 50” years, Maria Saporta, editor of The Saporta Report, said at the conclusion of Thursday’s ceremony.

 

APC Debates Get 100% Participation from Candidates; Now It’s Up to Viewers to Watch

By Maria Saporta  for SaportaReport.com

We did it!

The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series has successfully received confirmation from every candidate it has invited to participate in its general election debates.

It is the first time for as long as I can remember that we have had 100 percent participation from every candidate – a welcome and rewarding development for our debate series.

As we were in the early stages of our general election debate planning, we issued a 100 percent participation challenge.

In the last few years, we had become increasingly concerned that candidates were not accepting our debate invites ­– denying voters an opportunity to actually make a more informed decision before going to the polls.

We believed issuing a 100 percent participation challenge would be a positive way to encourage candidates to accept our invitation (of course we were prepared to inform the public about which candidates were not participating).

Again, in our minds, having every candidate participate in all of our debates guaranteed that the real winner was the Georgia voter.

For more than 20 years, I have chaired the Atlanta Press Club’s debate committee. We have always remained committed to our policy that if a candidate is invited and chooses to not participate, he or she will be represented by an empty podium and his or her opponent will get the opportunity to answer questions from a panel of journalists as well as share what question they would have wanted to ask his or her opponent if present.

It is our way of rewarding the candidate who accepts our invitation and is willing to answer questions in an unrehearsed public forum while providing a disincentive for those who don’t accept.

But we found out that in this day and age political consultants sometimes appear to have greater influence on campaigns than the actual candidate.

They forget that they are working for someone who is running for public office to serve their constituents. They would rather play it safe and not take the political risk of participating in a debate where they would have to think on their feet and possibly have some kind of slip-up.

Unfortunately, one candidate debates do not make for entertaining television or stimulating exchange. So we wanted to do everything we could to make sure we would get full participation.

We also wanted to be sure our debates would have significance and make an impact. We really increased our social media presence this year; we worked really hard to build more interest among news organizations, journalists and bloggers to cover and actually attend our debates; and we have made sure they are available online after the fact for those who might miss them when they are broadcast.

The APC Loudermilk-Young Debate Series also is spread out across three Sundays – in two hour blocks on Georgia Public Broadcasting for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.

Thanks to the Atlanta Press Club’s partnership with GPB, we provide the most extensive debate series in Georgia — with all the contested races for Constitutional officers broadcast statewide.

It is a fascinating time in Georgia politics where there are viable candidates for every office from both the Republican and Democratic parties, and in some cases, the Libertarian party.

I am sure we received 100 percent participation partly because of the changing political and demographic dynamics in the state where there is real competition in both the primaries and the general election in many races.

Several of these races actually have national interest this year, and CSPAN already has express interest in rebroadcasting our key debates.

So now that we have put so much work into putting on these debates and making sure candidates helped us meet the 100 percent participation challenge — all to help voters be more informed when they go to the polls, please watch our debates.

You can either follow them as they’re being broadcast on GPB – Channel 8 in metro Atlanta, record them on your DVR or whatever device you have or catch them later on the web.

And once informed, please vote.

Here is the broadcast line-up of our debates for the next three Sundays:

Sunday, Oct. 12: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

6 p.m.: Labor Commissioner

Mark Butler, Republican (incumbent)

Robbin Shipp            , Democrat

6:30 p.m.: Agriculture Commissioner

Gary Black, Republican (incumbent)

Chris Irvin, Democrat

7 p.m.: State School Superintendent

Valarie Wilson, Democrat

Richard Woods, Republican

7:30 p.m.: Attorney General

Greg Hecht, Democrat

Sam Olens, Republican (incumbent)                                                           

Sunday, Oct. 19: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

6 p.m.: Secretary of State

Doreen Carter, Democrat

Brian Kemp, Republican (incumbent)

6:30 p.m.: Lt. Governor

Casey Cagle, Republican (incumbent)

Connie Stokes, Democrat

7 p.m.: Governor

Jason Carter, Democrat

Nathan Deal, Republican (incumbent)

Andrew Hunt, Libertarian                                               

Sunday, Oct. 26: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

6 p.m.: Insurance Commissioner

Ralph Hudgens, Republican (incumbent)

Liz Johnson, Democrat

Ted Metz, Libertarian

6:30 p.m.: 12th Congressional District

Rick Allen, Republican

John Barrow,  Democrat (incumbent)

7 p.m.: U.S. Senate

Michelle Nunn, Democrat

David Perdue, Republican

Amanda Swafford, Libertarian           

We also are taping a web-only debate for the Public Service Commission – District 4 on Oct. 19. It will be available on the Atlanta Press Club’s website.

PSC- District 4 (web-only)

Daniel Blackman, Democrat

Aaron Gilmer, Libertarian

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Republican (incumbent)

For people interested in attending the debates in person, please check the full debate scehdule  (most of them will be taped earlier in the day of the scheduled broadcast).

Debates will take place at Georgia Public Broadcasting and air on the statewide station. Media are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP for each debate to info@atlpressclub.org. Feeds of all debates can be accessed through Encompass Digital Media at 800-295-4198 or bookings@encompass.tv.

Additionally, the Atlanta Press Club is taking question submissions for Georgia Governor (October 19th) and U.S. Senate (October 26th) debates. Submitted questions may be presented to candidates on air by the moderator during the debates. To submit a question, you may email info@atlpressclub.org or tweet your question using the hashtag #AskAPCDebates.

For follow up questions or comment from Atlanta Press Club Executive Director,  Lauri Strauss,  please contact Lauri Strauss at 404.523.1318,  lstrauss@atlpressclub.org or Jessi Ford at 770.500.6087,  jessi@bofcreative.com., Follow the debates on Twitter: #APCDebates, Like The Atlanta Press Club on Facebook: www.fb.com/theatlantapressclub.

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Atlanta Press Club Panel Explores Role Photojournalism Plays in Ending Poverty

By Todd DeFeo

Event Photo 3ATLANTA — The role photojournalism and visual storytelling can play in helping eradicate poverty was front and center during an Atlanta Press Club Panel discussion on Tuesday. 

More than 30 people turned out to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to view a special showing of St. Vincent de Paul’s “Profiles of Poverty” photo exhibit and hear from five of the photographers involved in the project.

“If you look at the way policy decisions are being made across the political spectrums — this is not a political comment, it’s just the reality of what’s happening in society — is we can’t deal with it, so we’re just going to ignore it and hope it goes away,” St. Vincent de Paul CEO and Executive Director John Berry told the crowd. “No, we’re not going to ignore it. We’re going to make sure it is brought out, it’s shown, it’s talked about.”

“If you look at the 50 pictures that are in the exhibit, that story is not one of despair and hopelessness,” Berry said. “It’s not just, ‘here’s this terrible issue’; it’sa story of hope and it’s a story of transformation.”

Freelance photographer John Glenn curated the exhibit on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul and served as the moderator for the panel discussion. He told the audience he became a photographer with the hopes of taking photographs that could bring about change, and “Profiles of Poverty” allows him to use his skills to raise awareness of an important issue such as poverty.

“Photography can make a difference,” Glenn told the audience. “And, if by bringing people’s faces to the forefront, some voices to the forefront through those photos, then it’s all a little bit that will help.”

Event Photo 4Poverty remains a major issue in Georgia as it does elsewhere throughout the country. An estimated 1.8 million Georgians — nearly one in five — currently live below the federal poverty level.

“Profiles of Poverty” debuted earlier this year during a three-week-long showing at Colony Square Mall in Midtown Atlanta. The photographers whose photographs make up in the exhibit have been published in The New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Atlanta Magazine, Athens Banner-Herald, Creative Loafing, The Associated Press and other publications.

While everyone in attendance agreed the photo exhibit was a powerful way to raise awareness of the issue of poverty, the panelists agreed on the need for action.

“What I struggle with is here are these photos. We’ve told their stories, but now what?” freelance photographer Renee Brock, a participant in Tuesday’s panel, asked during the discussion. “How do we go from awareness to action?”

“Profiles of Poverty” will next be displayed for several months in the Loudermilk Center in Downtown Atlanta. That display will help keep the issue of poverty and the need for action in front of the city’s business leaders, Berry said.

“If one life was changed, then we’ve accomplished something,” Berry said. “What all of the photographers have done (is) they’ve elevated this issue, they’ve elevated the discussion. … We have to work on how do we then address these issues one life at a time.”

Four Reasons to Watch the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series with the Entire Family

Most children know who the current president is and some have a general understanding that it took votes from people all across the country to get him into office. However, not all children (or adults!) realize that there are dozens of candidates who run organized campaigns in an effort to secure a seat in an elected office.  Understanding the importance of voting from a young age can help to instill a sense of interest in our government and the people we put into office to make it all tick.                      

1.)   To inform yourself and your family – One of the most essential roles that a debate can play in the voting process is in the education of where candidates stand on topics that are personally important to yourself and your family. By making it a priority to watch the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series, you are making a choice to remain informed.

2.)   To discuss the importance of voting – The act of voting is an incredibly powerful right and one of the most important ways that your family can have an impact on how our government works. 

3.)   To learn about relevant local issues – While it’s true that not all kids will care about healthcare reform or the Keystone Pipeline, every debate will present a unique agenda of issues that can affect everyone. Whether it’s the Braves moving to Cobb County or Common Core, there are bound to be one or two topics that peak the interest of the entire family.

4.)   To inspire a future a leader – Watching the debate process unfold can be an inspiring experience. Openly expressing an idea in an environment that instantly calls for a rebuttal from someone with an opposing opinion takes a great deal of confidence. Allowing your family to understand how a debate works can spark a healthy method of dealing with conflict and might just inspire a future leader in your own child.

 

Relevant Links:

http://atlantapressclub.org/georgia-candidates-go-head-to-head-in-statewide-general-election-debates/

www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub

www.twitter.com/atlpressclub

Buckhead Business Radio on Business RadioX Spotlights Atlanta Press Club

Lauri Strauss Discussed Atlanta Press Club’s 50th Anniversary 

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – September 09, 2014) – Lauri Strauss, Executive Director of the Atlanta Press Club, was featured on the August 19, 2014 episode of Buckhead Business Radio on Buckhead Business RadioX to promote the Journalism Next event.

The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest professional journalism associations in the nation with nearly 600 members. Lauri Strauss was featured to discuss how the Atlanta Press Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

“We’re excited to announce the Journalism Next Conference geared not only toward journalists but communications professionals alike,” stated Strauss. “We’re focusing on two different tracks. One will be for students from area universities just getting started, while another will be for professionals with more experience.”

The Journalism Next Conference was held September 6, 2014 at Mercer University, Atlanta Campus. To learn more about this year’s conference, information can be found at journalismnext2014.com.

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Georgia Candidates Debate on Public TV

By Walter Jones for Morris News Service

ATLANTA — Republican Senate hopefuls Jack Kingston and David Perdue pitch to voters in their own words — and challenge each other — in a televised debate Sunday.

It will be their final statewide opportunity before the runoff votes are counted July 22.

Their confrontation is the capstone in a series of half-hour runoff debates organized by the Atlanta Press Club and airing statewide by Georgia Public Broadcasting that also features congressional and school-superintendent races.

Ad spending in the Kingston-Perdue runoff has topped $11 million, blanketing news, sports and entertainment programing with an array of attacks on both men attempting to say what the other believes. So, the debate will give them a chance to speak for themselves.

It will also give them a chance to answer questions from a trio of professional journalists selected for their experience, objectivity and skill. Although the editorial writers at some of the organizations they report for may make political endorsements, the Press Club’s Debate Committee limits participation to unbiased reporters from the areas of the state voting in a given race.

“The Atlanta Press Club is known for organizing debates that are fair and balanced for all candidates,” said Lauri Strauss, executive director of the club. “We carefully select a diverse group of journalists to serve on the panels to ensure each candidate has an equal opportunity to share their views and what they hope to accomplish if elected into office.”

All but one of the candidates has agreed to participate. Brian Reese, a candidate in the First District congressional runoff for the Democratic nomination, declined because of long-standing prior commitments. As a result, the air time for that session will be halved as his opponent, Amy Tavio, fields questions from the journalists.

For television scheduling reasons, the First District debates will air Wednesday night.