Georgia’s General Assembly Unplugged: Behind the Headlines with the State Capitol Press

Join the Atlanta Press Club for breakfast on Wednesday, February 1 for a panel discussion with state capitol reporters. We will discuss the issues the state legislature is tackling during the 2017 session, such as transportation, education, healthcare and immigration.

PANELISTS
Charlie Harper
, Publisher, GeorgiaPol.com
Kristina Torres, State Government Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Elly Yu
, Immigration Reporter, WABE

Moderator: Walter Jones, Publisher, The Newnan Times-Herald

WHEN
Wednesday, February 1
7:30-8:00 a.m. Networking Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:15 a.m. Program and Q&A

Dress code at the Commerce Club is business attire.

WHERE
The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street NE, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

The ticket 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 at 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.

R.S.V.P.
This event is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. Please RSVP here. You may also RSVP by calling 404-577-7377 or emailing info@atlpressclub.org.

Call for Entries: The Atlanta Press Club 2016 Awards of Excellence

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The 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. All entries must be work completed in 2016.

Nomination Deadline: February 10, 2017, at 10 p.m.

The 2016 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:

ENTRY FEES:

  • APC Members – $25 per entry
  • Nonmembers – $45 per entry

2016 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.
  • NEW FOR 2016: The News Innovation Award – presented to an organization or individual that used an innovative approach to report or disseminate news. Entries may include the use of technology or social media in a unique way, or the reporting of a story in a way that is unique to your or your organization. This entry must include a letter that demonstrates proof of innovation. This category will be judged by a team from the Google News Lab, which has a mission of fostering journalism innovation.
  • 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.

Writing It Right

The Atlanta Press Club and Kennesaw State University Master of Professional Writing Program Present:
 

WRITING IT RIGHT

 

Session 1: Pitch Perfect: How to Hit a Home Run with Your Story Ideas
Presented by H. M. Cauley

Pitching is an essential skill, whether you are a freelancer or staff writer.  This seminar will explore the basics of composing the perfect profile that gets your project noticed and published. Cauley’s pitches have been accepted by numerous publications, and her seminar will focus on the elements that made those pitches successful.  Participants will explore the “pitch” through the various lenses, including the significance of the topic and its contexts.  The seminar will also focus on the importance of audience and medium, key elements to grabbing an editor’s attention.

Presenter Bio: An Atlanta-based freelancer since 1990, Cauley has written on a range of topics for local and national publications and is the author of three Atlanta/Georgia guidebooks. She is a 2012 graduate of the MAPW program and one of Kennesaw State’s first Clendenin Fellows, and expects to graduate in May with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State.

 

Session 2: Words Count: Editing for Clarity and Compression
Presented by Lynn Salsi

Lynn Salsi loves wrestling with sentences. This workshop grows out of her extensive experience as a journalist, biographer, folklorist and professor.  Salsi notes that “self-editing separates the pros from the novices.” In this workshop, participants will learn how to edit for concise and clear sentences and how to organize paragraphs for effective copy-fitting. This seminar will also focus on compression, thinking in synopsis form and the importance of word choice.  The workshop will provide a detailed content analysis showing how the same sentence can be written in many different ways with many different outcomes.  The workshop is designed to prepare participants to write effectively while adhering to the exact, assigned word count. 

Presenter Bio: Lynn Salsi is a full-time writer, teacher, speaker, and storyteller. She has a passion for Southern subjects and brings a unique point of view to every presentation. Salsi received the American Library Association Notable Book Award; she is also a Pulitzer Nominee. She is best known for her work on the Jack stories, Appalachian stories, southern history, and narrative across media.

 

Session 3: Shaping Language: Getting Grammar Right
Presented by Kendall Klym

From participial phrases to nominative absolutes, this seminar will focus on combining technical and creative skills to address multiple audiences while developing voice and monitoring tone. Participants will have a chance to apply a variety of techniques using unorthodox and entertaining methods to learn skills that not only improve communication but also lead to more satisfying lives. By gaining an understanding of the social implications of grammatical choices, participants will develop a new appreciation for the nuts and bolts of the English language.

Presenter Bio: Kendall Klym has published short stories in Cooweescoowee, Bryant Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, the Broad River Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and Hunger Mountain, and poetry in The French Literary Review, Cottonwood, Flycatcher, and Thorny Locust. A former professional ballet dancer, Klym received a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 2010, and teaches writing and literature at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta.

 

WHEN
Saturday, February 25
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9 a.m. – Session 1
10:15 a.m. – Session 2
11:30 a.m. – Session 3
12:30 p.m.  – Workshop ends

Food and beverage will not be provided, please feel free to bring your own!
 

WHERE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
223 Perimeter Center Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30346

 

R.S.V.P.
$20 Members, $40 Nonmembers 

Register online or call us at 404-577-7377.

Mayor Kasim Reed Discusses Plans for His Final Year In Office at the Atlanta Press Club

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WHAT
Mayor Kasim Reed will be the featured speaker at an Atlanta Press Club Newsmaker luncheon on Tuesday, February 28. Bank of America is the presenting sponsor for this event. 

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Program Sponsors:

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Supporting Sponsor:

Gas South 2013

 

WHEN
Tuesday, February 28
11:30 a.m. – Registration
Noon – Lunch and Remarks
1:15 p.m. – Adjourn

 

WHERE
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.

 

SPONSORS
The Atlanta Press Club offers sponsorship opportunities and promotion for your company with this event. Please contact development director Carolyn Proffitt at cproffitt@atlpressclub.org or 404-228-5392 for details and benefits.

 

R.S.V.P.
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 info@atlpressclub.org.

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.