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Awards & Hall of Fame

Our community takes the time to recognize top leaders within our industry. For more than 50 years we’ve fostered and awarded journalistic excellence to distinguish outstanding individuals who uphold the highest standards of the press.

Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is an annual event that recognizes journalists for their lifetime achievements, whose careers represent the highest standards of journalistic integrity and ethics. They have made outstanding contributions either to journalism in Georgia, the country and the world at large, often courageously overcoming many obstacles to pursue, find and share the truth.

2018 Inductees

Christiane Amanpour began her career with CNN in Atlanta in 1983 and has since risen to Chief International Anchor. Amanda Davis was a news anchor in Atlanta for more than 30 years. She helped launch Good Day Atlanta in 1992 and most recently anchored the morning news for CBS46. Davis passed away in 2017. Morse Diggs has been covering Atlanta city government for Fox5 Atlanta for more than 36 years. Mike Luckovich has been an editorial cartoonist with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than 29 years.

Past Inductees

Awards of Excellence







Our presenting partners this year are the Department of Journalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management held by Dr. Keith Herndon.

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 2018.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: February 15, 2019, 10 p.m.

The 2018 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

To enter or to nominate someone:

Pay the entry fee
– Return entry form, cover letter and a digital copy of the work to be judged

Entry Fees:

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

2018 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 – 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.
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 Initiative, 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. Members of the Atlanta Press Club board of directors are not eligible to win.