The Atlanta Press Club, established in 1964, has grown to become one of the largest and most active professional journalism associations in the country. The membership encompasses Atlanta’s burgeoning media community — print, broadcast and digital, big and small, national and local media outlets and freelance journalists.
More than half of the 550 members are working journalists. The balance includes public relations and communications professionals, nonprofit executives, journalism teachers and journalism students.
The Atlanta Press Club hosts numerous programs each month for members and the public. The Newsmaker Luncheon Series has received recognition nationwide. Featured speakers include journalists Tom Brokaw and Cokie Roberts, CNN president Jeff Zucker, former General David Petraeus, former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Governor Nathan Deal and more. The Atlanta Press Club offers regular networking socials and workshops that benefit journalists and other professionals. Workshops include trainings on how to be a stronger writer, how to take better pictures, using social media for reporting, and more.
During election years, the Atlanta Press Club hosts televised political debates through the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.
The Atlanta Press Club provides opportunities specifically for students studying journalism. Programs include a summer intern placement program and “Get the Scoop” where students hear from journalists how they got started in their career, what it’s like to be a journalist, etc.