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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.

Support for the professional needs of Atlanta’s media community is more important now than ever before. Good journalism serves our nation; it ensures the checks and balances that keep our institutions strong. We ask you to help the Atlanta Press Club support journalism.

Levels of Support


$50 – Listed as a supporter of journalism on Atlanta Press Club website.

$100 – Listed as a supporter of journalism on Atlanta Press Club website and receive a Journalism Matters lined notebook or tote bag.

$200 – 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.


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

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.

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.

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.



2016 Awards of Excellence Winners

The Atlanta Press Club would like to congratulate all our finalists and winners from our 2016 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 and the Alaska Press Club on quality of content, demonstrated reportorial skill and the impact of their work.


Award of Excellence – Print/Online Daily

Brenda Goodman, WebMD:

Tiny But Dangerous: the Mosquitoes Spreading Zika

Fight Turns Personal for a Man at War with Zika

Pregnant Puerto Ricans Fearful of Zika

New Zika Threat to Babies: Late-Onset Microcephaly

Miami Beach’s Dilemma: Zika or Insecticide?


Award of Excellence – Print/Online Nondaily

Josh Green, Atlanta Magazine:

How Gentrification Really Changes A Neighborhood


Award of Excellence – Radio Reporting

Elly Yu, WABE:

Georgia Governor Set To Veto ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill. Here’s Why


Award of Excellence – TV Reporting

Brendan Keefe, 11Alive:

The Investigator


Award of Excellence – Documentary or Series

Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Matt Livingston, Lauren Rudeseal and Blis Savidge, 11Alive:

Charlie Foxtrot


Award of Excellence – Videography

Kait Parker, Marcus Stern and Spencer Wilking, The Weather Channel:

Toxic Lake


Award of Excellence – Use of Sound

Sean Powers, Georgia Public Broadcasting:

Sweet Tea: A History of the ‘Nectar of the South’


Award of Excellence – Single Image Photography

John Spink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Award of Excellence – Photo Gallery

Dustin Chambers and Camille Pendley, Atlanta Magazine:

Our Voices: 17 metro Atlantans explain what Trump’s victory means to them


Award of Excellence – Investigative Reporting

Brenda Goodman, WebMD and Andy Miller, Georgia Health News:

Why Are Kids in Waycross Getting Cancer?


Award of Excellence – Rising Star Award

Niema Abdulahi, 11Alive


Award of Excellence – News Innovation Award

David Armstrong and the Georgia News Lab


Award of Excellence – Impact Award

Hollie Manheimer, Georgia First Amendment Foundation

Meet Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly at the Atlanta Press Club






Gary Kelly, chairman of the board and CEO of Southwest Airlines, will be the featured guest at an Atlanta Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on Thursday, July 13.

Kelly has served as CEO since 2005 and chairman since 2008. Under his leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation’s largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine’s list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking eighth in 2017. In the same Fortune survey, Gary was recognized as one of the top five underrated CEOs.      

Jim Burress, co-host of Closer Look on 90.1 WABE, will lead Kelly in a discussion.


Thursday, July 13

11:30 a.m. – Registration
Noon – Lunch and 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.