Mitch's Media Musings August 2021

Mitch's Media Musings

July 16 - August 15, 2021


4 Questions Journalist Spotlight - Check out our latest interviews with Christine Pullara with Atlanta & Company and Joseph Ferguson with the AJC! Coming up this month: Karina Antenucci with Simply Buckhead and freelance writer Jennifer Franklin. You can watch in video format or listen to audio: You can also find our podcasts on just about any podcast platform (Apple, Amazon, Spotify, iHeartRadio, etc.).

Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Winners. Details at

  • Riley Bunch for Photo of the Year

  • General Excellent, Gwinnett Daily Post, Marietta Daily Journal, Athens Banner-Herald, Times-Georgian, Newnan Times, Champion, Appen Media Group

  • Best Newspaper Website, Marietta Daily Journal, Gwinnett Daily Post, Covington News, Springs Publishing

  • Best Photo Gallery, Gwinnett Daily Post, Athens Banner-Herald, Rockdale

Media Media Musings

Atlanta Press Club - Director Sheena Roetman departs the APC for a position with the Native American Journalists Association as their new Education Manager!

Appen Media - Chamian Cruz joins as a reporter covering local government in North Atlanta.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Former reporter Mary McDonald has joined the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

  • Christopher Daniel is working the music beat on a freelance basis.

Atlanta Parent - Emily Webb joins as staff writer

The Current GA - After almost 25 years, Mary Landers has left the Savannah Morning News. She's going to be the new environmental reporter for The Current GA, a nonprofit online publication focused on coastal Georgia. Check them out at

Daily Report - Everett Catts joins as Brand Editor. He was previously with the Neighbor Newspapers Group.

Georgia magazine - Lindsay Penticuff joins as Associate Editor.

Georgia Public Broadcasting

Newsy - They're hiring lots of local folks! Matt Pearl from 11Alive, David Ries from WGCL, Tracy Carmony who worked at 11alive for a long time.

Reporter Newspapers - Springs Publishing, parent company of Reporter Newspapers, Atlanta Intown, and Atlanta Senior Life, collected 17 awards – including six first-place honors – in the Georgia Press Association’s 2020 Better Newspaper Contest. Details:

WABE Radio

  • Reporter Emma Hurt departs the station this month. Emma's been an incredible force for political reporting at the station. She's heading to Berlin for two months for an International Center for Journalists Burns Fellowship. While there she'll be filing stories for NPR and Taz Berlin leading up to the German elections in September. She'll be back in Atlanta after that but no details yet for our loyal readers on where she'll be working. I'm sure someone will snap her up!

  • Anchor/reporter Jim Burress will be off the air for a little bit as he recovers from surgery for a congenital heart issue. Details from the AJC's Rodney Ho:


  • Cody Chaffins has been named host of Fox5's Friday night sports show, High5Sports. He starts Aug. 20. He says he'll be ... In Your Face!

  • Congrats to Good Day Atlanta anchor Alyse Eady on the birth of her son, Wyatt.

  • Lindsay Tuman joins as morning reporter on Good Day Atlanta.

  • Long time Assignment editor and producer Ines Hooper has retired. She's been with the station for more than 20 years.

WebMD - Aaron Gould Sheinin promoted to Executive Editor for WebMD and MedScape.

Wired magazine - Writer Maryn McKenna is joining the magazine as senior writer for health, covering Covid and also all her adjacent obsessions of emerging infections and AMR, health policy and technology, surveillance and diagnostics.


  • Producer David Ries departs for Newsy. He's been with the station for eight years and worked at WXIA TV for 18 years.



  • Congrats to reporter Jerry Carnes on the recent marriage of his daughter! Jerry has set a new standard for father / daughter dances.

  • Sports reporter Alex Glaze departs.

  • Reporter Chenue Her will depart the station at the end of August. He'll be going to WOI TV (ABC) in Des Moines, IA as the Monday - Friday "Good Morning Iowa" anchor.

  • Madison Carter joins the station's Atticus investigative team as a reporter.

News from the PR Dept

  • PRSA Phoenix Awards - It's not too late to get your entries in. Deadline is July 30. Link:

  • Brave PR promotes Jennifer Walker to President

  • Dave Poston of Poston Communications has been named among the Most Admired CEOs by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.


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