Atlanta Hawks CEO, Steve Koonin, Discusses the Team’s Record-Breaking Season and His Plans to Build a Winning Organization

1114_hawkskoonin_turner_oneuseonlyGTlogo_Blue copyAtlanta Hawks and Philips Arena CEO, Steve Koonin, will be the featured guest at an Atlanta Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on Tuesday, April 14. Greenberg Traurig is the presenting sponsor of this event. 

WHO
Steve Koonin was named Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Hawks in April 2014. Koonin oversees all business, financial and strategic operations of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena.

Koonin, a longtime entertainment and marketing veteran, joined the Hawks after spending the previous 14 years with Turner Entertainment Networks, most recently serving as the division’s president. As president, he oversaw programming, marketing, strategy and operations for top-rated networks including TNT, TBS and Peachtree TV. He was also instrumental in the programming and media rights acquisition processes around the NBA and NCAA, and helped build strong brand franchises for “Inside the NBA” and “NBA on TNT”. Prior to his stint at Turner, Koonin was at the helm of worldwide advertising for The Coca-Cola Company.

Koonin studied marketing at the University of Georgia, where he and his wife, Eydie, have established the Koonin Scholars Fund at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The fund provides scholarships for Grady students preparing for careers in the creative industries and media.

WHEN
Tuesday, April 14

11:30 a.m. – Registration
Noon – Lunch
12: 25 p.m. – Remarks and Q&A
1:15 p.m. – Adjourn

WHERE
The Commerce Club

49TH Floor
191 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dress at The Commerce Club is business or business casual 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 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.
Click here or call 404.577.7377 to register. 
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 and program listing – $325

Nonmember prices
General admission ticket – $40
Table of 10 – $400
Sponsor table of 10 with table sign and program listing – $450

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

For media interviews, contact Lauri Strauss at 404-523-1318 or lstrauss@atlpressclub.org

 

 

 

Private Screening and Discussion of the Acclaimed Film “Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy”

French Consulate 2015The Atlanta Press Club and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. will host an exclusive screening of Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy on Tuesday, April 14. Consulate Général of France in Atlanta is the presenting sponsor of this event. 

The film, which garnered praise at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, follows 12 political cartoonists from around the world who defend democracy with pencils as their only weapon. By exploring and contrasting the artists’ work and experiences, director Stéphanie Valloatto outlines the necessity for the artists’ journalistic commentary and shows how world leaders are censoring cartoons because of the power they wield.NCCHRLOGO Offical 2015

TRAILER

A discussion of the film and its themes will follow immediately after the screening.

Discussion Moderator: 
Alexis Scott,
Commentator,The Georgia Gang and publisher emerita Atlanta Daily World

Panelsits:
Mike Luckovich
, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Rick McKee, editorial cartoonist, The Augusta Chronicle

WHEN
Tuesday, April 14
6:30 p.m. – Doors Open
7:00 p.m. – Screening of Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy
8:45 p.m. – Discussion and Q&A

WHERE
Landmark Theatre Midtown Art Cinema
Midtown Promenade
931 Monroe Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

R.S.V.P.
Click here or call 404.577.7377 to register.  This event is open to the public. Seating is limited.

Price – $8
The concession stand will be open for food and drink purchases.

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

APC Announces the 2014 Awards of Excellence Finalists

The Atlanta Press Club is proud to announce the finalists for its 2014 Awards of Excellence. All finalists are listed below. 

The Awards of Excellence recognize the best in Atlanta journalism. Join us at a reception on April 20 as we announce the winners. Buy your tickets now. Reception details are below.

We thank everyone who nominated a journalist or entered for a 2014 Awards of Excellence. Journalists from the National Press Club judged the record number of entries we received; and it’s time to announce the winners.

 

2014 Awards of Excellence Finalists 

Print, Daily
Alan Judd, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dan Klepal and Brad Schrade, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Willoughby Mariano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Print, Nondaily
Christine Van Dusen, Atlanta Magazine
Duane Stanford, Bloomberg
Rebecca Burns, Atlanta Magazine

Print Photography
Joeff Davis, Creative Loafing
John Spink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
David Tulis, Associated Press 

Broadcast, Radio Reporting
Adam Ragusea, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Jim Burress, 90.1 WABE
Sarah McCammon, Georgia Public Broadcasting 

Broadcast, TV Reporting
Catie Beck and Shawn Hoder, WXIA
Erica Byfield, WSB
Rebecca Lindstom, WXIA
Brad Stone, WSB
Mark Winne, WSB 

Broadcast, Video Production
Jon Goss, WGCL
Nick Moran, WXIA
Jon Samuels, WXIA 

Digital/Online Reporting 
Moni Basu, CNN
Gregory Gilderman, Neil Katz and Katie Wiggin, The Weather Channel
Emily Merwin and Ashlyn Still, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Margaret Newkirk, Bloomberg
Catherine Shoichet, CNN 

Photography, Single Image
Ben Gray, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Curtis Compton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
David Tulis, Associated Press 

Photography, Gallery
Curtis Compton, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Joeff Davis, Creative Loafing
David Tulis, Associated Press

 Commentary
Bill Torpy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brenda Wood, WXIA
Joe Kirby, Marietta Daily Journal 

Rising Star
Max Blau, Creative Loafing
Rachel Stockman, WSB
Sean Powers, Georgia Public Broadcasting 

Reporting on Civil and Human Rights
Rodney Carmichael, Creative Loafing
Gregory Gilderman, Neil Katz and Katie Wiggin, The Weather Channel
Willoughby Mariano, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Impact Award
The 2014 Atlanta Press Club Impact Award will be given to Richard Eldredge,
Contributing Editor, Atlanta Magazine and Senior Editor, VOX Teen Communications.

 

WHEN
Monday, April 20
6:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. – Awards Presentation

WHERE
The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 4900
Atlanta, GA 30303

R.S.V.P.
To register click here or call 404.577.7377.
Members may purchase tickets for $20 and tables of ten for $200.
Nonmembers may purchase tickets for $30 and tables of ten for $300. 

For more information on this event please contact the Atlanta Press Club at 404.577.7377 or info@atlpressclub.org

 

 

The Atlanta Press Club appreciates the support of SmallTownPapers in producing the APC Awards of Excellence contest site. SmallTownPapers, Inc. specializes in digital preservation and provides scanning and hosting services for hundreds of weekly newspapers. Additionally, the company created the BetterBNC online journalism contest platform that hosted our contest.

Conversation with Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens at the Atlanta Press Club

Olens CroppedGTLA Logo jpg copyGeorgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens will be the featured guest at an Atlanta Press Club breakfast on April 22. Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is the presenting sponsor of this event. 

WHO

Sam Olens was sworn in as Georgia’s 53rd Attorney General in January 2011.

As Attorney General, Olens has fought for stronger laws to protect Georgians. In 2012, he spearheaded the first comprehensive revision of Georgia’s sunshine laws in more than a decade. In 2013, he led the effort to stem the epidemic of prescription drug abuse with a law that requires pain management clinics to be licensed and regulated.

Ballard logo[1] copy 2Prior to being elected to Attorney General, Olens was Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, serving from August 2002 through March 2010.

WHEN
Wednesday, April 22
7:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – Remarks and Q&A
9:15 a.m. – Adjourn

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

Dress at The Commerce Club is business or business casual 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 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 Atlanta Press Club members!
Nonmember price – $15

To register click here or call 404.577.7377

Tables and tickets may also be purchased by calling 404-577-7377.  Payment must accompany reservations and there is a 48 business-hour cancellation policy.

Behind Our Favorite Stories – The Journalists Tell All

Event Photo 15 - Godfrey with Banner copyJoin the Atlanta Press Club on May 5 as we take a closer look at the narratives you named Atlanta’s Favorite Stories Over the Past 50 Years.

As part of the Atlanta Press Club’s Forward at Fifty anniversary celebration last year, more than 3,500 votes were cast to select 10 of our favorite Atlanta stories over the past 50 years. To end the year of celebration, the stories were featured at the press club’s annual holiday party.

Now you are invited for a deeper conversation, in small-group settings, with some of the authors of the stories. If you love great journalism, and if you want to learn from great journalists, you’ll want to be there. And it’s free for press club members!

FEATURED ATLANTA’S FAVORITE STORIES JOURNALISTS
Rodney Carmichael, Gavin Godfrey and Christina Lee – Straight Outta Stankonia (2014) for Creative Loafing
Dale RussellThe Fall of House Speaker Glenn Richardson (2009) for Fox 5 Atlanta
Michael Schwarz – When AIDS Comes Home (1989) for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ann WoolnerThe Damage That Naming a Suspect Does to the Innocent (1996) for the Daily Report

WHEN
Tuesday, May 5
6:00 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Program and Q&A

Business Attire

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

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.
Atlanta Press Club members receive complimentary admission to this event!
Nonmember price - $15

Register here or by calling 404.577.7377

 

Atlanta Press Club Social Media Mash-Up

Kirkyard LogoGrab your smartphone and join us on May 7 for a night of connections! Just like other Atlanta Press Club mixers you’ll enjoy laughs and libations, but at the Social Media Mash-Up you’ll be networking in cyberspace too.

At the mash-up your photos, tweets and videos will be displayed for other attendees (and those following along at home) to see and engage with you.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA
#APCSocialMash @AtlPressClub

WHEN
Tuesday, May 7
6:00 p.m.

WHERE
Kirkyard Public House
1963 Hosea L Williams Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30317 

Attendees are encouraged to bring smartphones, tablets, etc.

There is a free parking lot across the street from the Kirkyard Public House. Street parking is also available on Hosea Williams Dr. and Howard St.

R.S.V.P.
This event open to the public and free to attend! Reservations are requested so we know how many to expect.

Register here or by calling 404.577.7377.

ABOUT THE ATLANTA PRESS CLUB
The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest and most dynamic professional journalism associations in the country.The membership encompasses Atlanta’s burgeoning media community – print, broadcast and online, large and small, national and local media outlets. More than half the Club’s more than 500 members are working journalists, the balance consist of public relations professionals, educators, retirees and students. The APC’s mission is to serve the professional and social needs of Atlanta’s journalism community, foster journalistic excellence and advance the public’s interest in and understanding of a free press. Please visit www.atlantapressclub.org or call 404.577.7377 for more information.