Become a “smARTer” Reporter: How to Cover Culture

Join the Atlanta Press Club on Tuesday, August 26 to become a “smARTer” reporter. Our panel will give comprehensive analysis of how the arts are covered in the American news media as well as update the audience on Atlanta’s thriving art scene.

Lisa Cremin
, Director, The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
Scott Freeman, Deputy Editor,
Darin Givens,  Communications Professional and Board Member, Eyedrum Music and Art Gallery
Arturo Jacobus, President and CEO, Atlanta Ballet
Jamila Robinson, Senior Editor of Features & AccessAtlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

J. Barkley Russell
, President, The Barkley Russell Agency, Inc.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
6:00-6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
6:30-8:00 p.m. Program and Q&A

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

The Commerce Club attire is business or business casual.

Guests can park in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Parking is not included in the ticket price. Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $5 at the event. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very convenient.  

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

To register click here or call 404.577.7377.

Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Atlanta Press Club Presents Journalism Next: Thriving in the Digital Age

Journalism NextJournalism Next is a day-long professional development conference bringing journalists, students and journalism educators together in one place for hands-on training and to learn from industry experts. Enhance yourself and your journalism career by registering today.

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Saturday, September 6
9:00a.m. – 5:15p.m.

Mercer University, Atlanta Campus
3001 Mercer University Dr
Atlanta, GA 30341

Register here or by calling 404.577.7377.

Registration Prices:

Full Day (9:00AM – 5:15PM) - APC members, Mercer University faculty and all college students: $50
Full Day (9:00AM – 5:15PM) –  Nonmembers: $100

Full day registration costs include admission to all sessions, breakfast and lunch. 

Half Day Option 1 (9:00AM – 12:30PM) – APC members, Mercer University faculty and all college students: $30
Half Day Option 1 (9:00AM – 12:30PM) – Nonmembers: $65

Half day option 1 registration costs include admission to the morning keynote and breakout sessions 1 and 2.

Half Day Option 2 (1:15PM – 5:15PM) – APC members, Mercer University faculty and all college students: $30
Half Day Option 2 (1:15PM – 5:15PM) – Nonmembers: $65

Half day option 2 registration costs include admission to the Plenary Session on Journalism Startups and breakout sessions 3 and 4.


Journalism Next is part of The Atlanta Press Club’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Cox Media Group is the presenting sponsor of Atlanta Press Club “Forward at Fifty” anniversary activities. 

Renowned Investigative Journalist, Charles Lewis, Discusses Exposing Abuses of Power

D12_429_078Investigative journalist and bestselling author, Charles Lewis, will be the featured guest at an Atlanta Press Club breakfast on Wednesday, September 17. He will also sign copies of his latest book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity. 

Charles Lewis has been an investigative journalist for the past 30 years. He is the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication where he is also a tenured journalism professor.

A former ABC News and 60 Minutes producer, Lewis founded the award-winning Center for Public Integrity, one of the country’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations, in 1989. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious PEN USA First Amendment award “for expanding the reach of investigative journalism.” In 2009, the Encyclopedia of Journalism cited Lewis as “one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S.” 

Lewis has also authored and co-authored numerous books including The Buying of the Congress and The Buying of the President 2004, a New York Times bestseller.

Wednesday, September 17
7:30 a.m. – Hot Breakfast Buffet and Book Signing*
8:00 a.m. – Remarks and Q&A
9:15 a.m. – Adjourn 

* A Capella Books will have copies of 935 Lies available for sale.

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

The Commerce Club attire is business or business casual.

Guests can park in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis and Peachtree Center Avenue streets. Parking is not included in the ticket price. Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $5 at the event. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also very convenient.  

This breakfast is open to the public.

To register click here or call 404.577.7377

APC member prices – $20
Nonmember prices – $30

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

For media interviews, contact Lauri Strauss 404-523-1318 or

2014 Hall of Fame Dinner

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Join the Atlanta Press Club as we induct four outstanding leaders in journalism into the Hall of Fame on Friday, November 7 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel.

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2014 Hall of Fame Inductees:

NUP_136430_0011Tom Brokaw
Legendary Journalist Tom Brokaw began his career in Sioux City, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska before moving to Atlanta to be editor of the 11PM news for WSB-TV. Brokaw joined NBC News in 1966 and would go on to become White House correspondent during Watergate, anchor of Today and, for 21 years, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.  He also briefly anchored Meet the Press, making him the only person to anchor all three major NBC News programs.  He has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two DuPonts, a Peabody, and several Emmys.  He is the author of several books, including The Greatest Generation. Brokaw remains active in journalism as Special Correspondent for NBC News.  In 2014, he was awarded “A personal Peabody,” in the words of the judges, because “with his TV projects and celebrated books like The Greatest Generation, the anchor emeritus has only enhanced his reputation since he left the desk in 



Celestine Sibley (1914 – 1999)
Celestine Sibley reported for the Atlanta Constitution from 1941 to 1999. Over her long career, she wrote more than 10,000 columns and countless news stories, ranging from state politics and courtroom drama to cultural affairs and homespun features. Sibley was also the accomplished author of nearly thirty books published between 1958 and 1997.  Her writing and reporting stand the test of time, coming alive off of the pages as vibrantly and colorfully for our time as they first did so many years ago.



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Claude Sitton joined the New York Times staff as chief southern correspondent, based in Atlanta, in 1958.  He distinguished himself as one of the foremost reporters covering the Civil Rights Movement. He later served for 20 yeas as editor of the News and Observer in Raleigh (NC) and in 1983 received a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.




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Brenda Wood anchors 11Alive News every weekday at 6 and 11PM and hosts her signature show, The Daily 11 at 7. She joined WXIA-TV in 1997. She started her distinguished career in broadcast news 20 years earlier, working in Huntsville, Nashville and Memphis. In 1988, Brenda moved to Atlanta and joined the news team at WAGA-TV. Wood has received numerous honors and awards including 15 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), six awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), and three awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). 


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Friday, November 7
6:00 p.m. – Reception
7:00 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Program

InterContinental Buckhead
3315 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Cocktail Attire. 

Seating is limited.

To register click here.

Members may purchase tickets for $75 and tables of ten including signage for $750. Nonmembers may purchase tickets for $100 and tables of ten including signage for $1,000. Ticket prices include free self-parking. 

Proceeds from this event will provide paid internships for college and university students studying journalism. These funds will guarantee that a new generation will keep alive the high standards of our profession.

Please contact the Atlanta Press Club at 404.577.7377 or for more information on tickets, tables and sponsorship opportunities.

There is a 72 business-hour cancellation policy.