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Mitch's Media Musings - September 2020

Mitch's Media Musings

August 16 - September 15, 2020


Over the past month, our "4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" has shined on the work of a number of talented Black journalists from Atlanta.

  • Click the link to see them all in our new video format or listen in an audio-only format:

  • We've talked with Martel Sharpe, Managing Editor for The Atlanta Voice; entertainment writer Jewel Wicker who writes for local and national publications; Mike Jordan with the new pub, Canopy Atlanta; and Nicole Smith, Arts & Entertainment editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Also this month and in the coming weeks in our Spotlight series we'll talk with several podcasters, including Ryan Sauers (Business Radio X), Rich Casanova (ProBusiness Channel), Sarah Smith (Girls on Film, Blackhall podcasts), and Miles Neiman (Georgia Hollywood Review, GHRTV).

100 Companies - Launches the Miami 100

Associated Press - Sudhin Thanawala joins the Atlanta bureau covering legal affairs.

Atlanta Inno - Madison Hogan departs.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Courtney Kueppers departs for graduate school at Northwestern. More:

  • Staff writer Arlinda Broady has departed the paper. She's got something else going on but hasn't told me yet!

  • Zachary Hansen moves to the hyperlocal team covering DeKalb County. He was on the breaking news team.

  • JD Capelouto moves to coverage of the City of Atlanta.

Bloomberg - Jordyn Holman joins the Atlanta bureau, covering retail and diversity topics.

Decaturish - Has a new e-edition.

East Cobber - Moves to a Sept/Oct and Nov/Dec format for the rest of this year.

Georgia News Network - Rebecca Stewart joins as reporter for weekends. She replaces the departed Gabrielle Ware.

Georgia Public Broadcasting

  • Emilia Brock is now Senior Producer for "Political Rewind," hosted by Bill Nigut.

  • The "On Second Thought" show is going on hiatus. The last show of the year will be Sept. 4 and they plan to return at the start of 2021. Host Virginia Prescott will continue to focus on long-form stories across GPB's various platforms including radio, digital, and television. During the program hiatus, “On Point” will fill its Friday timeslot. Saturdays will feature “Travel with Rick Steves,” and Sundays listeners can tune in for “Planet Money/How I Built This."

Hypepotamus - Maija Ehlinger joins as Associate Editor.

Marietta Daily Journal

  • We've added Aleks Gilbert and Shannon Ballew to our database.

  • The paper has launched a podcast. It's hosted by Darren Sutherland and Amy Kargas, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Link:


  • Former reporter Marissa Mitchell will be moving to DC for an anchor/reporter position at WTTG. She'll be on their morning show, "Good Day DC."


  • Rob Hughes joins as general assignment reporter. He joins from WCNC TV in Charlotte, NC.

  • Former anchor Thomas Roberts departs for NYC. He's going to anchor DailyMailTV.

  • Collin Van Buskirk departs (he was on the assignment desk).


News from the PR Dept.

  • Carlos Campos has started a new job at Cox Enterprises where he'll be a Director in Corporate Communications.

  • Paul Beckham - We're sad report the death of Paul Beckham, most recently one half of the Hope Beckham public relations agency.



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