Mitch's Media Musings
Mitch’s Media Musings May 16 – June 15, 2017
It seems it’s Awards Season in journalism circles!
We’ve got a long list of awards which we’ve either summarized, listed or linked to, depending on length of course. I’m not even going to try to highlight anyone here. I’ll just get myself in trouble or leave someone out.
Suffice it to say, there’s been all kinds of great journalism committed in Atlanta the past year. Take a moment to scroll through it all.
Recent offerings from our “4 Questions Journalist Spotlight” features with Atlanta Daybook include:
• Editor Travis Taylor of wanderlust ATLANTA
• Feature writer Helena Oliviero of the AJC
• Sports tech and sports travel writer Rick Limpert
• News writer Andrew Nelson of WYAY NewsRadio 106.7
You can see all of our recent Spotlight subjects via this link (https://leffsatlantamedia.wordpress.com). We’re always looking for Spotlight subjects if you’d like your media outlet to be featured.
Story Sources from Mitch’s Media Match:
Every month we highlight for local media a selection of experts from our Mitch’s Media Match database (www.mitchsmediamatch.com). Here are five from the database for this month. These are folks who’re ready and willing to be sources for your stories. No heavy convincing needed here
Small Biz: Diana Harbour founded The Red Dress Boutique and has seen revenue grow by nearly 300 percent from 2012-2013, grossing $7.1 million dollars from just $63,000 in 2010. Ninety-three percent of the growth is attributed to the online boutique that sells nationwide. Based in Athens, Diana uses innovative social media and marketing techniques to drive her business.
Hurricane Season: Susannah Kinsey is with Sterling Risk Management and with I the start of Hurricane Season June 1, she’s available to talk about you must prepare your property: with planning, upgrades and proper insurance.
Data Breaches – David Barton, UHY Advisors. Barton is an expert on data breaches and how companies can protect themselves from hacking, phishing, state-sponsored data attacks, etc.
Food: Joey Ward is the chef at Gunshow. Ward has found a lot of inspiration in the chefs he admires, particularly his grandfather, who was a cook in the United States Navy and acted as a father figure for him. He says cooking is a form of art and that you must strive to appeal to all of the senses simultaneously, and if possible, evoke emotion.
More Food: Kamal Grant is the founder and creative director of Sublime Doughnuts. Grant’s love for baking started at a very young age when he realized that sweets make people happy and he wanted to do things to make people happy. When an executive from Dunkin Donuts visited Grant’s high school food service class and discussed his trips to the doughnut research and development lab to taste the experimental treats it sounded pretty sweet.
Congratulations to the many local winners at the 2017 Southeastern Emmy Awards! Scroll to the bottom of the page to see our complete list.
Two local winners at this year's National City and Regional Magazine Awards Competition! • Atlanta magazine - Spread Design • Southbound magazine - Ancillary - General Interest
WIGO Radio wins a Stellar Award for Station of the Year. The station is a gospel format.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey wins national award for opinion writing from the Education Writers Association.
There were a number of local winners in the Georgia Press Association awards this month. I'll summarize here, but go to this link for the full list: http://gapress.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BNCPressRelease2017.pdf.
Winners included: • Kathleen Sturgeon of the Forsyth Herald was a winner of the Emerging Journalist Award. • The Marietta Daily Journal • The Reporter Newspapers • The Cherokee Tribune • Times-Georgian • Clayton Tribune • The Champion • Cherokee Ledger-News • Gwinnett Daily Post • Rockdale Citizen • Lake Oconee News • Barrow News-Journal • The Newman Times-Herald • Henry Daily Herald • Douglas County Sentinel • Daily Tribune News • Appen Media Group
Associated Press - Congrats to former AP Atlanta newsperson Errin Haines Whack! The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists has named her its print journalist of the year. The award is given for work considered extraordinary in depth, scope or significance to African-Americans or other black people of African descent. Link to more details: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/pennsylvania/articles/2017-06-14/black-journalist-group-honors-aps-errin-haines-whack
Atlanta Business Chronicle • Industry Focus Editor Lisa Schoolcraft has left the paper. • Reporter Phil Hudson writes about the finalists for the Georgia Association of Broadcasters GABBY Awards. Click for the long list of those who'll be either GABBY or Merit award winners on August 5 when the awards are given out at GAB's summer conference at the Jeykll Island Convention Center. http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2017/06/07/who-are-the-georgia-association-of-broadcasters.html?ana=e_ae_set4&s=article_du&ed=2017-06-08&u=v2%2BD9be9F4nFjvtN%2B3xtqjOi7EJ&t=1496949249&j=78346531.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution • Aaron Gold Sheinin departs the paper for a job as senior news editor at WebMD (in Atlanta). • Reporter Ellen Eldridge participated this month in the "Thread at Yale Program," a gathering of journalists and storytellers. They gather and learn from mentors in the field. • Congrats to reporter Scott Trubey, who won the Bronze for Best Tweet Collection at the National Association of Real Estate Editors convention this month.
Best Self Atlanta - The magazine has nominations open for its "Courage Award," celebrating inspiration transformations. Link: http://www.trainwithpayne.com/courage-award/.
Cobb Business Journal • Photojournalist Jennifer Carter has her photographs on display at the new Northside Hospital Cherokee in a collection titled, “Cherokee, A Place I Love.” Located throughout the facility, the photos were commissioned to reflect the favorite Cherokee places of many Northside employees. Jennifer’s work has also appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Cobb Life, Cherokee Life, Taste & Travel Magazine and The Oklahoman. More at www.jenwanders.com. • CBJ and Cobb Life Director Mark Wallace Maguire has been awarded a 2017 first place Green Eyeshade award for Humorous Commentary from the Society for Professional Journalists. This award marks Maguire’s fifth Green Eyeshade Award he has received since 2011, including two other First Place awards
Crain's Atlanta - Crain's Atlanta has launched Atlanta Career Moves. This new section guarantees placement for new hires, promotions and board appointments in their newsletter and online. Here's the link to submit: http://www.crains.com/career-moves/submit. Please note that there is a cost of $199 for each Atlanta posting.
Daily Report - A few changes at the paper among beat assignments. Robin McDonald is covering litigation. Greg Land writes about insurance and Kathryn Tucker is covering breaking news. Meredith Hobbs is writing about the business of law.
The New York Times - WABE's Lois Reitzes talked with Atlanta-based writer Kim Severson about her role as a national food writer for the NYT. Read and listen here: http://news.wabe.org/post/kim-severson-brings-atlanta-culinary-scene-national-stage.
WABE • Reporter John Lorinc departs for a postion with CNN Newsource.
WAFS / Biz1190 - The Dana Barrett Show is moving to drive time on 5/22! Listen from 8AM-10AM Mon-Fri on biz1190.
WAGA/Fox5 • Good Day Atlanta anchor Constance Jones has left the station for South Florida (Miami). No word yet on her replacement.
Wanderlust Atlanta - We came across this blog this month. Check it out! Looks like he covers retail, restaurants, food, tourism, theater. He's been writing for several years, so this isn't a new blog, but I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight it.
WGCL-TV/CBS46 • Former CBS46 reporter Jennifer Mayerle has been named weekend morning co-anchor at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, MN. • Looking for weekend contacts? Check with Collin van Buskirk and Shumuriel Ratliff on the assignment desk!
WSB Radio • If you've been looking for Scott Slade's Sunday morning show recently, I'm told that the show is not being produced right now. In its place is a new show hosted by Monica Matthews. Her show is a blend of faith, life and politics. The show airs Sundays from 8 - 9 a.m. Details at https://monicamatthews.com/monicamatthewsshow/.
WXIA/11Alive • Tracy Humphrey is leaving the station. She'll be teaching at her daughter's school. • Cara Kneer is the new host of Atlanta Tech Edge.
WYAY / 106.7 • Cheryl White and Jackie Howard are no longer with the station. Jackie says she's joined Nancy Grace's broadcast team as a producer for her podcast "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace."
News from the PR Dept • Sheri Kell has launched Sheri Kell Communications, offering PR, media relations, public affairs, social media and special event services. Kell was most recently Director of Communications and Public Information Officer for Cobb County. More at www.sherikellcommunications.com. • Alexis Davis Smith and her firm, PRecise Communications, was featured in this article in Black Enterprise. http://www.blackenterprise.com/small-business/atlanta-based-pr-firm-knows-precisely-where-its-going/ • John Walker is the new Managing Director at MSLGroup Atlanta.
Atlanta Winners at the 2017 Southeastern Emmy Awards:
Newscast - Morning (Markets 1-25), Category: 2A • Channel 2 Action News This Morning Sharleta Stamps, Corinne Gensler, James Reed WSB-TV, Atlanta
Specialty Assignment Report - News Feature, Category: 26C • It Haunts You Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Matt Livingston WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta
Specialty Assignment Report - News Feature, Spanish Language • Georgia Ride For Kids Mariela Romero, Iban de Miguel Univision Atlanta
Specialty Assignment Report - News Single Story, Category: 26A • Forsaken Seniors Adam Murphy, Steve Franklin WGCL-TV, Atlanta
On-Camera Talent - Anchor – Sports, Spanish Language • Hector Severeyn Telemundo Atlanta
Specialty Assignment Report - News Series, Category: 26B • DNA Denial Jodie Fleischer, Patti Divincenzo, Josh Wade WSB-TV, Atlanta
Specialty Assignment Report - News Series, Spanish Language • Nuevo Presidente - Nuevos Retos Migratorios/New President - New Immigration Challenges Paula Rodriguez Telemundo Atlanta
Sports - Daily or Weekly Program, Category: 27F • High 5 Sports - October 21, 2016 Cody Chaffins, Justin Felder, Chip Zeller, Ken Rodriguez WAGA-TV, Atlanta
Craft Specialty – Makeup Category: 52D • Bridgit Crider Bridgit Crider MakeupArt-is
Craft Specialty – Makeup, Spanish Language • Shana Delalla Univision Atlanta
Photographer – News, Spanish Language • Luis Estrada Telemundo Atlanta
Weather - Feature, Segment, Program or Special, Category: 31E • Impacts of Space Weather Terah Boyd, Justin Crate, Glenn Burns WSB-TV, Atlanta
Feature News Report - Serious Feature/Series, Spanish Language • Epidemia Recetada Amanda Ramirez, Iban de Miguel Univision Atlanta
Editor – News, Category: 54C • Brendan Keefe WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta
Editor – News, Spanish Language • Levantamiento Carpa Hermanos Vazquez Ramon E. Cruz, Grace Quijano, Gianncarlo Cifuentes Univision Atlanta
Editor - Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, Etc), Spanish Language • Homero González ULTIM Marketing, Atlanta
Writer – News, Category: 62D • Jaye Watson WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta
Writer – News, Spanish Language • Gianncarlo Cifuentes Univision Atlanta
Business/Consumer, Category: 14ABC • Better Call Harry Harry Samler, Dimitri Lotovski, Eric Carlton WGCL-TV, Atlanta • Fit-Snitch Jodie Fleischer, Josh Wade WSB-TV, Atlanta • Rip Off: Pain Killers Stolen From Mail Brendan Keefe, Jeffery Reid WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta
Health/Science - News Feature, Category: 19C • Heart to Heart Jonathan Samuels, Jaye Watson WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta
Sports - News Single Story, Spanish Language • Dreaming on Wheels: Working on the Paralympic Dream / Soñando sobre Ruedas: Trabajando por el Sueño Paralímpico Hector Severeyn Telemundo Atlanta
Sports - Program Feature/Segment, Spanish Language • Arelis Reynoso: Una Madre a la Alture/Arelis Reynoso: A Mother up to the Task Hector Severeyn Telemundo Atlanta Informational/Instructional, Spanish Language • Conexion - Especial Energia Nuclear Mariela Romero, Iban de Miguel, Manoo Alayeto Univision Atlanta Lighting - Location Production Lighting, Category: 56B • Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient Kevan Ward, Carey Harrison, Lex Hanson Georgia Public Broadcasting Interview/Discussion, Category: 34 • Hot Car Death Vinnie Politan, Ric Garni, Becky Kellogg, Duffie Dixon WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Lifestyle Program Feature/Segment & Program, Category: 35 • Georgia's Most Romantic Places Sharon Collins, Shane Keating, Andrew Riley, Adam Simon Georgia Public Broadcasting Lifestyle Program Feature/Segment & Program, Spanish Language • Creative Movement Atlanta Mariela Romero, Iban de Miguel, Laura Alvarez Univision Atlanta Interactivity, Category: 50 • 11Alive.com/ CharlieFoxtrot Julie Wolfe, Phillip Kish, Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Lauren Rudeseal, Blis Savidge WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta General Assignment Report - No Time Limit, Category: 05B • Closet Killer: Three Clues Ignored By Police Brendan Keefe, Jeffery Reid WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Health/Science - News Single Story, Category: 19A • Medical Identity Theft Brendan Keefe WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Politics/Government, Category: 23ABC • Copyright: Georgia Legislature Sues Man for Publishing Law Brendan Keefe, Jeffery Reid WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta • Disorder in the Court: Sex Scandal Judge Goes After Agency That Caught Him Brendan Keefe, Jeffery Reid WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Promotion - News Promo Campaign, Category: 44C • Working for You Jamie Kin, Lea-Anne Jackson, Ben Dongarra, Amanda White WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Promotion - News Promo Campaign, Spanish Language • Tu Gente - Tu Voz Iban de Miguel, Mariden Lord Univision Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Reporter - Specialty Assignment, Category: 59O • Brendan Keefe WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Reporter - Specialty Assignment, Spanish Language • Grace Quijano Univision Atlanta Public/Current/Community Affairs, Category: 38 • Fairness for Veterans Matthew Livingston, Erin Gutierrez, Blis Savidge, Lauren Rudeseal WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Public/Current/Community Affairs, Spanish Language • Liga de Campeones Mariela Romero, Iban de Miguel, Ramon E. Cruz Univision Atlanta Photographer - News No Time Limit, Category: 60D • Jon Samuels WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta • Josh Wade WSB-TV, Atlanta Sports - Interview/Discussion, Category: 27I • Sports Extra Kimberly Smith, Thomas Goodhew WXIA-WATL-TV, Atlanta Sports - Interview/Discussion, Spanish Language • Nuestros Bravos Hector Severeyn Telemundo Atlanta Promotion - News Promo - Single Spot, Spanish Language • Cuatro Años Contigo Homero González Telemundo Atlanta Health/Science - Program Feature/Segment, Category: 19D • Island Vet Sharon Collins, Shane Keating, Adam Simon, Andrew Riley Georgia Public Broadcasting Investigative Report, Category: 10 • Many Unhappy Returns: Georgia Recoups Up to $6.4M After WSB-TV Tax Fraud Investigation Jodie Fleischer, Justin Crate, Brad Schrade WSB-TV, Atlanta • Trigger: Who Shot The Officer's Wife? Brendan Keefe, Jeffery Reid, Jessica Noll WXIA-WATL-TV, Atlanta Breaking News, Category: 6 • Black Lives Matter Protest Vince Sims, Steve Franklin WGCL-TV, Atlanta News Special, Category: 12 • The Triangle Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Matt Livingston, Jeffery Reid, Lauren Rudeseal, Blis Savidge WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Human Interest - News Single Story, Category: 21A • There's Still Hope Matt Pearl WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Promotion - Program - Single Spot, Category: 44E • Charlie Foxtrot Jeremy Campbell, Matt Livingston, Erin Gutierrez, Blis Savidge WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Promotion - Program - Single Spot, Spanish Language • Somos Atlanta Iban de Miguel, Mariden Lord Univision Atlanta Commercial, Spanish Language • Bader Law Firm - Comprometidos Con Usted y su Familia Homero González ULTIM Marketing, Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Reporter – Sports, Category: 59P • Justin Felder WAGA-TV, Atlanta Human Interest - News Series Category: 21B • Fake Service Animals Wendy Corona, Sheila Schutt, Justin Crate WSB-TV, Atlanta • Profiles in Giving: The Community Service Awards Matt Pearl WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Writer - Program (Non-News), Category: 62A • Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient Ashley Mengwasser Georgia Public Broadcasting Writer - Short Form (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.), Spanish Language • Rescatando Nuestras Raices Moises Restrepo, Sergio Restrepo, Julio Castellanos Emerald Lion Productions, Atlanta Photographer - Program/Short Form, Category: 60B • Kevan Ward Kevan Ward Georgia Public Broadcasting Editor - Program (Non-News) Category: 54A • Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient Kevan Ward, Chris Howell, Lex Hanson Georgia Public Broadcasting • Kevan Ward - The Legend Lives On: Atlanta's Fox Theatre Kevan Ward Georgia Public Broadcasting Editor - Program (Non-News), Spanish Language • Un Milagro Para La Navidad - Especial De Conexion Ramon E. Cruz, Mariela Romero Univision Atlanta Director - LIVE OR Recorded LIVE (Non News), Category: 53A • 2016 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Anthony Marshall Georgia Public Broadcasting On-Camera Talent - Reporter – Live, Category: 59K • Nicole Carr WSB-TV, Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Reporter – Live, Spanish Language • Kiarinna Parisi Univision Atlanta Special Event Coverage – Edited, Category: 39B • From Start to Finish Kristie Johnson, Thomas Goodhew, Danielle Anderson, Mike Navin WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Interstitial, Category: 40 • Secret Atlanta: Tiny Doors ATL Jack Walsh Public Broadcasting Atlanta Special Event Coverage – Live, Category: 39A • The 2016 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Dave Drabik, Ashley Mengwasser, Steve Carey Georgia Public Broadcasting Continuing Coverage, Category: 8 • Dying For Help: Fixing The Nation's Emergency Response System Brendan Keefe, Jeffery Reid WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Continuing Coverage, Spanish Language • Discrimination at DDS Luis Estrada Telemundo Atlanta Photographer - Program (Non-News)/Short Form, Category: 60A • Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient Kevan Ward, Carey Harrison Georgia Public Broadcasting Human Interest - News Feature, Category: 21C • Logan Goes to Disney Matt Pearl, Bill Liss WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Director - Non-Live, Category: 53D • Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient Kevan Ward Georgia Public Broadcasting • The Legend Lives On: Atlanta's Fox Theatre Don Smith Georgia Public Broadcasting Feature News Report - Light Feature/Series, Category: 11A • Pianos for Peace Jonathan Samuels, Jaye Watson WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Feature News Report - Light Feature/Series, Spanish Language • Aventura Sin Fronteras Amanda Ramirez, Sofia Espina Univision Atlanta Audio – Post-Production, Category: 51B • The Legend Lives On: Atlanta's Fox Theatre Curt Bush, Kevan Ward Georgia Public Broadcasting Promotion - Program – Campaign, Spanish Language • Mis Mejores Deseos Iban de Miguel, Mariden Lord Univision Atlanta Director - Short Form, Spanish Language (Promos, PSAs, Commercials, Opens, etc.) • Homero González ULTIM Marketing, Atlanta Community/Public Service (PSA) – Campaign, Spanish Language • Rescatando Nuestras Raices Moises Restrepo, Carlos Restrepo, Julio Castellanos, Sergio Restrepo Emerald Lion, Atlanta News Producer, Category: 57 • Ric Garni WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta News Producer, Spanish Language • Mariela Romero Univision Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Reporter - General Assignment, Category: 59I • Brendan Keefe WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Video Journalist, Category: 61 • Matt Pearl WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Video Journalist, Spanish Language • Luis Estrada Telemundo Atlanta Team Coverage, Category: 9 • Rally Turns to Protests Misti Turnbull WSB-TV, Atlanta Documentary - Topical (including Environmental), Category: 32C • Chinese Tea: Elixir of the Orient Steve Carey, Ashley Mengwasser, Amy Cooper, Kevan Ward Georgia Public Broadcasting Journalistic Enterprise, Category: 49 • Atticus Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Lauren Rudeseal, Blis Savidge, Matt Livingston WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta Journalistic Enterprise, Spanish Language • Telemundo Atlanta: Journalistic Enterprise Paula Rodriguez, Hector Severeyn, Luis Estrada, Carlos Moreno Telemundo Atlanta News Excellence, Category: 47 • 11Alive News Jennifer Rigby WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta News Excellence, Spanish Language • Telemundo Atlanta Jorge Buzo, Gina Sandoval Telemundo Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Reporter Investigative, Category: 59J • Brendan Keefe WXIA/WATL-TV, Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Reporter Investigative, Spanish Language • Kiarinna Parisi Univision Atlanta On-Camera Talent - Anchor – News, Category: 59A • Jovita Moore WSB-TV, Atlanta Overall Excellence, Category: 46 • Georgia Public Broadcasting Teya Ryan Georgia Public Broadcasting Overall Excellence, Spanish Language • Telemundo Atlanta Susan Sim Oh Telemundo Atlanta Newscast – Daily Markets (1-25), Category: 1A Spanish Language • Telemundo Atlanta: Black Lives Matter Jorge Buzo, Gina Sandoval, Luis Estrada, Paula Rodriguez, Hector Severeyn, Carlos Moreno Telemundo Atlanta Newscast – Daily Markets (1-25) • Channel 2 Action News at 6:00 - Hurricane Matthew Marcus Foster, Misti Turnbull, Tina Commodore, Joe Cowan, Rachel Lebedin, Drew Kwederas WSB-TV, Atlanta ###