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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

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$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.

$250 – Listed as a supporter of journalism on the Atlanta Press Club website and receive a Journalism Matters baseball cap or stainless steel travel mug.

$500 – 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Using Spreadsheets for Journalism

Learn Excel basics to help you be more effective as a journalist.

We’ll start at the very beginning: what kind of files can you open in a spreadsheet? What kind of story ideas can you find via sort, filter, PivotTable and basic arithmetic? Who’s the highest-paid state employee? Where is crime concentrated in Atlanta?

We’ll use Excel in this session for spreadsheet beginners. The tools you’ll learn will help you efficiently organize and visualize data – no complicated programming required!

Please bring your own laptop with Excel or Google Sheets, a free program. All spreadsheet software looks a little different, but we’re going to focus on basic functions that most of them have. Mac Numbers is not compatible for this event.

 

WHO
Hosted by Maggie Lee, a freelance state and local government reporter whose work has appeared in Creative Loafing, the Macon Telegraph and more.

 

WHEN
Thursday, April 27
Registration – 6 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A – 6:30-8:15 p.m.

 

WHERE
Hampton and Hudson
299 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

 

R.S.V.P.
This event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Attendees will be responsible for their own food and drink. Please RSVP here. You may also RSVP by calling 404-577-7377 or emailing info@atlpressclub.org.

America Divided – Voters React to the President’s First 100 Days in Office

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WHAT
As President Trump hits 100 days in office voters are weighing in on how his term is going so far. From filling the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, to growing tensions with North Korea and his continued communications via Twitter, most will agree his presidency has been anything but boring.

Join the Atlanta Press Club for a special Newsmaker evening discussion on Monday, May 15 that will focus on how voters have been reacting to the president’s first months in office.

This event is the second in a series as the Atlanta Press Club looks at issues impacting the country throughout 2017.

 

JOURNALISTS
Blayne Alexander, NBC News Channel correspondent
Richard Fausset, New York Times national correspondent
Cam McWhirter, Wall Street Journal political reporter
Martin Savidge, CNN anchor and correspondent reporter

Discussion Moderator:
Celeste Headlee, GPB Radio “On Second Thought” host

 

WHEN
Monday, May 15
6:00 p.m. – Registration and reception with heavy appetizers and cash bar
6:45 p.m. – Discussion

 

WHERE
Hudson Grille Midtown
942 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

 

R.S.V.P.
This event is open to the public.

APC Member Ticket – $20
APC Nonmember Ticket -$30

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

Media Literacy 101

Can you spot fake news versus real news? Do you know the difference between opinion editorials versus objectivity in reporting the news?

Join the Atlanta Press Club to learn more about media literacy. What are ethical standards in journalism? How can you tell if a journalist has thoroughly researched and reported their story? Why is it necessary for reporters to cite their sources? We’ll talk about these issues and more.

4R_StampMark_NEWThanks to 4 Rivers Smokehouse for providing snacks.

WHEN
Monday, May 22
6 p.m. Registration
6:45-8:15 p.m. Discussion and Q&A

WHERE
General Assembly at Ponce City Market
675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE
2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308

R.S.V.P.
This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please register here, by calling 404-577-7377 or by emailing info@atlpressclub.org.

APC After Deadline: Atlanta Media Mixer

Join us on Thursday, June 15 for the next APC After Deadline at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead. Our mixers are a great opportunity for journalists to network with other media professionals. Hosted by Thomas Wheatley of Atlanta Magazine.

Sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and the Georgia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

WHEN
Thursday, June 15

6 to 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE
Fado Irish Pub

273 Buckhead Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30305

Parking: validate your ticket for free parking (up to three hours) in the parking garage directly across the street. DO NOT park in the library lot next to Fado – you will be booted.

 

R.S.V.P.
This event is free with a cash bar. Please R.S.V.P. online so we have an idea of how many to expect. For questions, call 404-577-7377.

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