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Mitch's Media Musings, Oct. 16 - Nov. 15, 2017

Media Musings

Lots of local journalists made it out the launch of the new DeKalb Entertainment Commission this month. CBS46's Adam Murphy (photo) didn't seem to mind a little photobombing by a local PR guy. Also spotted were WSB-TV's Jovita Moore, DeKalb Neighbor editor Christine Fonville, On Common Ground's Mackenzie Morgan, Gary Powell from Oz magazine, Marina Hutchinson from the Associated Press and many more! Radio personality Frank Ski was the host of the event.

Mitch's Media Match Experts

  • Michael Hodes, Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle: Family law attorney Hodes has nearly a decade of experience working with high net worth and high-profile clients. He is familiar with the unique legal needs of same-sex couples and negotiates and drafts prenuptial, postnuptial and settlement agreements for same-sex couples.

  • Simon Bloom, Bloom Sugarman. Attorney Bloom can address legal issues regarding a wide range of commercial topics and constitutional ones, including those at the local, state and federal levels. He is a commercial litigator who focuses on real estate (zoning, land use, eminent domain) and contract disputes, partnership disputes, workout and lender liability issues.

  • Ruomeng Cui, a professor at Emory's Goizueta Business School, is available to discuss topics around holiday retail trends. In particular, she’s been doing research on “flash sales,” very limited-time deals offered by retailers, common around Black Friday and into December.

Atlanta Association of Black Journalists - The AJC's Nicole Smith has been elected to the organization's board of directors.

Atlanta Press Club

  • APC president Lauri Strauss will be departing after more than ten years leading the organization. So there's an open position to fill Lauri's amazing shoes!

  • Holiday Mixer, 11/29, Hudson Grille Midtown, 6:30p - 9 p. Go to to register.

Society of Professional Journalists

  • SPJ is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Board. Details are at They're also looking for committee members.

  • Holiday mixer Dec. 9 at Taco Mac (Lindbergh). Register (free) on the SPJ Georgia Facebook page.

Georgia Radio Hall of Fame - New inductees include WSB Radio's Mark Arum, Atlanta Braves' announcer Don Sutton, Tom Giglio, former chief engineer at WQXI-AM, 94Q and Star 94, and David Cohn, former GSU sports announcer. (Thanks to the AJC's Rodney Ho for some of this info)


  • Scott Freeman takes over running editorial on an interim basis. Andrew Alexander will oversee Art+Design and Books sections of the site.

  • Some recent changes: A monthly "Best Bets" feature, a monthly feature from writer Steve Murray covering "the hidden gems offered by Netflix and Amazon Prime." You'll also find an improved calendar.

  • If you're not familiar with their work, check out out at

Associated Press - Former Atlanta AP writer Errin Haines Whack has been named AP's national writer for race and ethnicity. Congrats to Errin!

Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Make sure to check out the paper's LGBTQ special section in the Nov. 17 edition.

  • The Business of Film event returns on Dec. 7. It's likely to sell out, so get your tickets now. Link:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Reporter Kristina Torres departs for a position in communications with the Board of Regents.

  • Reporter Mark Niesse switches from the DeKalb County beat to covering Georgia state politics. Tia Mitchell will be joining the paper in a few weeks from the Florida Time-Union to cover the DeKalb beat.

Atlanta Voice

  • Correction: Editor Stan Washington stepped down last month. I mistakenly said he'd been with the Atlanta Daily World. The new editor is Marshall Latimore.

Brookhaven Post - Is no longer publishing. More at

The Coweta Paper and The Coweta Shopper - We've added these two papers into the database.

Creative Loafing

  • Editor Carton Cargro is no longer with the paper.

Daily Tribune (Cartersvile) - We've added Managing Editor Jason Greenberg to the database.

Equally Wed - Check out this article from Equally Wed's site this month, talking about terminology for LGBTQ weddings:

Forsyth County News

  • Frank Reddy is now the editor.

Oz Magazine

  • Neal Howard joins as managing editor.

WABE - Look for a new segment on Rose Scott's "Close Look" show focusing on start ups.

WDUN Radio

  • Russell Brown has left the station. He's now the Communications Coordinator for Forsyth County.


  • Jasmina Alston joins as general assignment reporter. She was previously with the ABC affiliate in Birmingham.

  • Reporter Christian de la Rosa is now with WPLG in Miami.

  • Reporter Julian Johnson is now working in Tampa.

  • Vivian Brown joins as weekend meteorologist.

  • Rodney Harris joins the weekend show covering social media.


  • VP/General Manager Tim McVay will be retiring after 39 years in broadcasting as of Dec. 31.

  • Lauren Pozen joins as general assignment reporter.


  • Duffie Dixon is no longer with the station.

  • Francesca Amiker joins as Morning Anchor. She was previously with stations in Jacksonville (WJXT) and Lansing, MI (WLNS).

  • You may have noticed that the station's site has been redesigned. I'm told its part of a nationwide TEGNA redesign.

  • Liza Lucas joins as Digital Field Producer.

News from the PR Department

  • Wendy Alpine of Alpine PR as appointed to Leadership Cobb 18. She says as part of their nonprofit project they'll be working with Autism Speaks. They recently won a new client, Warrior Body Spa, which was recognized as Best Self magazine's Best Detox Spa.

  • PRSA Georgia held its annual Phoenix Awards dinner on Nov. 2. Lots of great work was honor and a number of special awards including:

  • Order of the Phoenix - Stephen Brown

  • Mary Newton - Shining Star

  • Mikey Mooney - Rising Star


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