Now Accepting Entries for the Atlanta Press Club 2015 Awards of Excellence

Enter yourself or nominate a colleague for the 2015 Awards of Excellence!
The Atlanta Press Club Awards of Excellence recognize individual journalists for quality work that makes an impact.

All journalists who either work for Atlanta news outlets or who are based in Atlanta are eligible to enter for an Award of Excellence and anyone is eligible to nominate a journalist for an Award of Excellence. 

Nomination Deadline: February 10, 2016

The 2015 Awards of Excellence will be judged by members of the National Press Club based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of Content
  • Did it make an impact?
  • Demonstrated Reportorial Skill

Members of the Atlanta Press Club board of directors are not eligible to win. 


To enter or to nominate someone: Pay the entry fee (APC Members – $20/Non-members - $40). Complete and return the nomination form and the work to be judged. After receiving the entry form or nomination letter and entry fee, a representative from the Atlanta Press Club will contact the nominated journalist to request clips of the stories or photographs that led to the nomination.


2015 Awards of Excellence Categories:

  • Print/Online, Daily - News or feature articles appearing in a daily publication.
  • Print/Online, Non-Daily - News or feature articles appearing in regularly produced weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, or one-off newspapers or magazines.
  • TV Reporting - News or feature story appearing in a local or national newscast or program. Story should run no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Videography - videography to support a news or feature story. Story should run no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Radio Reporting - News or feature story appearing on local or national radio. Story should run no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Documentary/Series - A long-form look at a single issue in visual or audio format.  Entry should run 15 minutes or longer.
  • Use of Sound – Quality sound use to support a news or feature broadcast, online or radio story.
  • Single Image Photo - News or feature photograph that supports or tells a story.
  • Photo Gallery - Photo story or collection of photographs that supports or tells a story.
  • Investigative Reporting - An investigative broadcast, print, online or radio story or series that had demonstrable impact.
  • The Rising Star Award - Outstanding talent from any medium, from a journalist under 30 years of age.
  • Reporting on Civil and Human Rights ~ Awarded in partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights - Original reporting on a civil or human rights issue from any medium including print, broadcast, radio or online.  Entries do not need to be Atlanta-based.  This category will be judged by National Center for Civil and Human Rights partners who have a broad knowledge and keen understanding of human rights issues.
  • The Atlanta Press Club Impact Award -The winner of the APC Impact Award is a Georgian (not necessarily a journalist) who had a significant impact on the journalism profession in the previous calendar year and has furthered the mission of the APC, which is focused on fostering journalistic excellence and advancing the public’s understanding of a free press. This entry must include a letter that demonstrates proof of impact/results.  

Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Summer Internships

Summer Internship Placement Program

The Atlanta Press Club to select students for summer internships

The Atlanta Press Club will select qualified journalism and communications students for summer internships at participating local media organizations such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Morris News Service and News Radio 106.7. Atlanta Press Club interns will be matched with a media organization based on their interests and abilities.

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

Students seeking to become an Atlanta Press Club intern should complete the application by February 15, 2016.

Applicants must be current students who attend an accredited college or university and are majoring in journalism, broadcasting, mass media or communications.

Media organizations seeking to host an Atlanta Press Club-selected intern, please contact the Atlanta Press Club at 404-577-7377 or


For over a decade, the Atlanta Press Club supported college students each year with scholarships. In 2013, the Atlanta Press Club proudly transformed its scholarship program into an internship placement program. The Atlanta Press Club has distributed more than $70,000 to worthy students seeking careers in the journalism field.

Atlanta Press Club internships are funded by proceeds from the annual Hall of Fame dinner.

Know Your Rights: How to Access Records and Meetings Under Georgia Sunshine Laws

Have questions about the Freedom of Information Act and Georgia’s Sunshine laws? Join the Atlanta Press Club and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation on the evening of February 24 for a free training program covering the rights of the public and the press to access government records and meetings.


Georgia First Amendment Foundation Executive Director Hollie Manheimer, a practicing attorney, will lead the session. The training will cover Georgia’s Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act, including 

  • Which records are available to the public
  • The process for requesting open records
  • Appropriate fees for copies of public records
  • Which government meetings and actions are open to the public
  • The process for gaining access to public meetings
  • Remedies and penalties for governmental non-compliance

Arrive ready to ask questions! Go to beforehand to check out the Foundation’s “red,” “blue“ and “green“ books on Georgia’s Sunshine Laws. Copies of the books also will be provided to attendees.

Wednesday, February 24
6:30 p.m. Registration
6:45-8:15 p.m. Training program

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.

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

Atlanta’s New Frontier: High Growth Tech Startups

Is Atlanta becoming the Silicon Valley of the South? Join the Atlanta Press Club (@atlpressclub) and Atlanta Tech Village (@ATLTechVillage) on Thursday, March 3 for a discussion with up-and-coming startup entrepreneurs moderated by David Cummings, CEO of the Atlanta Tech Village. We’ll talk about startup trends on the national and local level. #ATLStartups Cox Enterprises is the presenting sponsor of this event.

Co-presented by:

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Presenting Sponsor:


Tope Awotona
, CEO and Founder, Calendly, @TopeAwotona
Brooke Beach
, CEO and Co-founder, Kevy, @BrookeBeach_
Nick Romano, Co-founder and former President, SignUp4, @NickRomanoSU4

David Cummings, Founder, Atlanta Tech Village, @davidcummings

Thursday, March 3
7:30-8:00 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:15 a.m. Program and Q&A

Atlanta Tech Village
3423 Piedmont Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

Please be advised that there is no event parking at Atlanta Tech Village before 4 p.m. Please park at TowerWalk by Farm Burger — the rate is $2 per hour, payable by credit card only. More parking and transportation information is available here.


Tickets for this event are $10.
Please register to attend here or by calling 404-577-7377. Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48 business hour cancellation policy.