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Mitch's Media Musings - July 2020

June 17, 2020

Mitch's Media Musings

June 16 - July 15, 2020




Atlanta Business Chronicle - The paper's June 26 edition was a black cover with the text "We've got work to do."  Publisher David Rubinger talks about why and how the paper has shifted its reporting.


Atlanta Press Club - The Press Club is hosting a series of debates for the primary runoffs for Congressional Districts 1, 9 and 14. The series takes place July 19. Details:


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Shannon Dominy takes over the business section Newsmaker duties from Bill Hendrick.

  • Raisa Habersham departs.

Business Radio X Gwinnett - We've added Amanda Pearch to the database. She hosts a show called "Celebrating Powerhouse Women."


Champion - Education reporter Taylor Robins has departed for a position at CNN.


Clayton Crescent Congrats to Robin Kemp, who won several awards in the 2020 Georgia Press Association Contest! Weekly Division Photo Portfolio: 2nd PlaceDivision F Enterprise Story: 2nd PlaceBreaking News Writing: 3rd Place. As these were awards won with her former employer, the Clayton News, she sent a shout-out to former coworkers Joe Adgie, who won first place for an *amazing* shot that won Weekly Division Best Web Photo, and to Heather Middleton, who won Weekly Division Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Website.


CNN - Various reports say that CNN Center is going to be sold.


Covington News 

  • Taylor Beck has been named editor, publisher. He'd previously served as managing editor of the Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville, AL.

  • Madison Graham moves to advertising director of the Walton Tribune. 

  • The paper is owned by Patrick Graham, who also owns The Walton Tribune, The Sand Mountain Reporter, Jackson County Sentinel (Scottsboro, AL), Time-Journal (Fort Payne, AL).


Georgia News Network

  • John Clark's Georgia Focus segments are back on their air! Check out some recent segments via their Twitter feed @GANewsNetwork.

  • Matt McClure posted that they're looking for a part-time reporter/anchor.


Georgia Public Broadcasting

  • Check out their new podcast, "Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot." Reporter Sea Stachura tells the story of one of the first major Civil Rights era riots in the South. Link: 

  • An award win from the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA), second place in the "short documentary" category for a piece on the story of Richard Jewell. The winning team included Virginia Prescott, Pria Mahadevan, Jesse Nighswonger, Grant Blackenship, and Marylynn Ryan. Listen:

Kiss 104.1 - Twanda Black is no longer with the station. Details from the AJC's Rodney Ho:


Radio Tucker - Jason Becknell, a former 11Alive producer who's now at The Weather Channel, has a new side hobby. He's launched Radio Tucker. He says "After having this idea for many years, I finally acted in creating a “local” radio station for Tucker and the surrounding communities. signed on [July 4]." 

  • Radio Tucker’s mission is to be “locally programmed, globally enjoyed” - While it can be heard around the world via the internet the content will be hyper-local focused as if it was a traditional FM radio station on Main Street.

  • Content includes music, weather and local specialty programs.

  • You can find the station at, on Facebook at Radio Tucker, and on Instagram at @radiotucker.

WABE - Candace Wheeler departs for a position with the CDC.


WGST - The station will be changing its format. It'll now be part of the Black Information Network. 



  • Atlanta & Company is back on the air. It's currently a 30-minute show airing from 11 - 11:30 a.m.

WSB Radio - Atlanta Morning News Sunday is back!



  • Lauren Leathers says she's starting graduate school and so won't be doing any freelance writing or reporting for the foreseeable future. (insert sad emoji here)

News from the PR Dept

  • Amanda Brown Olmstead told me that she recently celebrated 48 years in business. Her firm is the New Amanda Brown Olmstead Agency.



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