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Mitch's Media Musings February 2024




Mitch's Media Musings

Jan. 16 - Feb. 15, 2024


Allison Entrekin has published a new book "The Goose Who Talked to the Wind." It tells the story about bravery and discovering purpose in life. After hearing a voice from the wind, a goose leaves his flock and follows it; thus bravely finding a true purpose. The book is available now on Amazon, kindle, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. Visit allisonentrekin.com


Lisa Frank has published a new nature fantasy novel, "Myco-Town." It's available on Amazon and here’s the link. About: Charlie is a young visionary who also has experimented with mushroom intelligence since he was eight.  His mission is audacious – to change the world by unlocking mushrooms’ hidden potential.


Society of Professional Journalists - Stella Payne has been elected to their GA board. She's a former TV reporter and anchor and now works at KSU as Manager of Internships and Engagement


New Poetry Collection - Collin Kelley has a new poetry collection “Wonder & Wreckage: New & Selected Poems” coming soon from Poetry Atlanta Press. The cover, brilliantly designed by Elizabeth Price Holmes, features vintage photographs of his late uncle, Terry Graves, and his partner in San Francisco in the 70s and 80s.


Jay Scott died this month after a battle with cancer. You'll know Jay from roles at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ASHRAE, Patch. There's a service for him on Feb. 24, 1 p.m. at Clairmont Presbyterian Church. Reception to follow at Benchwarmers.


Atlanta magazine - Rachel Garbus has been named Deputy Editor


Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Rachel Cohen-Noebes joins as Staff Writer, covering legal and education topics


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Willoughby Mariano departs for a position with WBUR radio in Bostin. She'll be an investigative reporter. The paper says they've opened bureaus in Savannah (Adam Van Brimmer), Macon (Joe Kovac), and Athens (Fletcher Paige). Columbus and Augusta are coming later this year.

  • The AJC is launching a new marketing campaign with the tagline, "For the Greater Atlanta." Along with the marketing campaign, the paper has a new slogan, "The Substance and Soul of the South," which appears on the paper's front page and on its digital products.

  • Andre Jackson retires. He was the editorial page editor. Maureen Downey takes over temporarily in that role.


Daily Report

  • Added Alex Anteau, litigation reporter

  • Added Eden Landow, content editor


Decaturish - Zoe Seiler promoted to Assistant Editor


Guardian - George Chidi will be covering the 2024 election cycle in the south for this pub


Los Angeles Times - Jenny Jarvie is the paper's Atlanta bureau chief


Scripps News - Catie Beck is now a National Correspondent for the network. I think she's based out of DC. She was formerly with NBC News and before that with WXIA TV here in Atlanta.


South Fulton Neighbor - The SFN is now the official "legal organ" for Fulton County now that the Daily Report has ended its print publication


Times-Georgian - Rebecca Leftwich departs the Newnan Times-Herald for a new role as editor of the Times-Georgian.


WABE Radio

  • Jewel Wicker reports that her podcast, The Boom, is a Silver Winner of the 2024 Anthem Award in the podcast category of Education, Art & Culture. The series covers Atlanta's film and television industry. Click here to listen to the podcast.


WANF TV/Atlanta News First

  • The investigative team has won the duPont Award for their series, The Sixth. Click here for more info and to watch the series.

  • Reporter Sawyer Buccy is working on a new series of stories about life-changing habit, simple things we can all do that don't take much time but end up making our lives more meaningful

  • Savannah Louie moves to working the breaking news desk (4-7p) and anchoring at 10p


WXIA TV/11Alive

  • Dawn White departs for a reporter position with CBS News Dallas

  • The AJC reports that the station is retiring the "Wizometer" after 13 years


News from the PR Dept


  • Thomas Smith client Lois Rusco has been named executive director of the Sandy Springs-based nonprofit TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Leff & Associates is working with MomoCon again for 2024 (Memorial Day Weekend). MomoCon is one of the fastest growing “all ages” conventions in the country. In 2024, 50,000 guests are anticipated. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics and Gaming (video games, esports, tabletop, LARP) are expected to attend and celebrate their passion. 

  • MDA Corporate Marketing has landed a new client, Auburn, Alabama-based Paths, a purpose-driven, patient-focused company that helps educate, inform and guide patients as they struggle to navigate the increasingly complex healthcare system. MDA will develop key corporate messages targeting strategic partnerships and early- to mid-stage investors and develop introductory materials in advance of the company's first capital raise.


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