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Mitch's Media Musings - Jan 2024

Mitch's Media Musings

Dec. 16, 2023 - Jan. 15, 2024


Atlanta Association of Black Journalists has announced its new Executive Board. Craig Allen Brown, President; Mya Grant, VP of Print; Tyrik Wynn, VP of Digital; Ericka Wilson, VP of Broadcast; India Rice, Treasurer; Krystal Horne, Secretary; Kimberly King, Parlimentarian


Appen Media - Appen has filed an appeal after the Georgia Superior Court ruled in Sandy Springs' favor in an Open Records Act case. The publisher accused the city's police department of withholding public information on crime incidents. 


ArtsATL - Scott Freeman departs for Atlanta magazine


Around About Media - This magazine group has ceased publication. This includes Around Acworth, Around Woodstock, Around Canton, Townlaker, Around Kennesaw, etc.


Atlanta magazine - Scott Freeman returns as editor-in-chief after 11 years away


Atlanta Business Chronicle

  • Crystal Edmonson is hosting a new podcast, Pathfinders: The Changing Face of Leaders in Business. Here's a link.

  • Staff writer Rebecca Grapevine departs for a position as chief statehouse reporter at the Louisville Courier.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Publisher Andrew Morse looks ahead to 2024, noting some changes at the paper:

  • Morse writes: "Next fall, the AJC will move back into the city of Atlanta, into a new office in Midtown. This new home will help to reestablish our roots and connections with our community."

  • New bureaus across the state

  • Expanding key beats and hiring new reporters

  • More "robust business coverage especially about the multinational companies, tech startups and small businesses that call Atlanta home."

  • More coverage of the entertainment industry

  • Revamped Opinion section

  • New AJC mobile app, updates to AJC.com, new video and audio offerings

  • The "Monica Pearson Show" debuts on January 15. A monthly column, "A Monica Moment," has also launched. Click here for details.

  • Food & Dining senior editor Ligaya Figueras has launched a weekly segment on the Rashad Richey Morning Show on WAOK AM 1380 at 9 a.m. Ligaya will be the show’s featured food and dining expert and will regularly share the freshest reviews, openings/closings, trending brunch places, regional hot spots and notable chefs and restaurants.

  • Jennifer Brett has been named Deputy Managing Editor

  • We've added reporter Josh Reyes to the database. He's covering education in Gwinnett.


In other AJC news, perhaps related to the notes above, several writers who've been freelancing for the paper for many years will no longer be doing so, including Carolyn Cunningham, Karen Huppertz, Monroe Roark, Kathryn Kickliter.


Decaturish - Debbie Inglis joins as Director of Sales and Marketing


Georgia News Network

  • Katie Gray joins as anchor/reporter

  • Thomas Cage joins as anchor/reporter


Global Atlanta - Congrats to Trevor Williams on the addition a new baby boy to the family!


IHeartRadio - Tyrik Wynn has been named VP of Digital for the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists


Neighbor Newspapers - Rachel Kellogg has been promoted to Bureau Chief


Rough Draft Atlanta - Check out Rough Drafts 20 Under 20 honorees.


Saporta Report - John Ruch departs for a position as a paralegal with a local law firm


Simply Buckhead - Congrats to the team for hitting 100 issues!


WABE - Former WABE staffer Scott Woelfel joins Arizona PBS as their new General Manager


WANF

  • Reporter Madeline Montgomery moves from morning reporting to nightside reporting

  • Former reporter Hena Doba has left Cheddar is now with NewsNation as the host of Weekend Morning in American with Hena Doba


Washington Post - Holly Bailey is now a national correspondent based in Atlanta and covering the South. She was previously based in Minneapolis. She joined The Post in March 2019 as a national political reporter covering the 2020 presidential campaign. Before joining The Post, she was a national correspondent at Yahoo News, where she covered major news events including the Boston Marathon bombing and trial, the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Tex., and the May 2013 tornadoes in her home state of Oklahoma. Her first book, “The Mercy of the Sky,” about severe weather in Oklahoma, was published in 2015. Before Yahoo News, she was a White House correspondent at Newsweek, where she covered the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.


WXIA / 11Alive

  • Producer Dalia Perez departs

  • Tiffany Pittman is now producing the M-F 5 p.m. newscast

  • Jesse Horne is now producing the M-F 4 p.m. newscast

  • Reporter Dawn White departs

  • Former producer Shawn Reynolds returns to Atlanta. He'll be Senior Producer of CNN This Morning Weekend beginning in February. He was most recently with MSNBC.


News from the PR Dept.

  • Krista Richmond is PRSA Georgia's Chapter Champion for January. Richmond is the Internal Communications Manager in UGA's Division of Marketing & Communications. Plus, she's the editor of Commons, UGA's faculty and staff newspaper.

  • The City of Atlanta has appointed Allison Fouche as its new Chief of Communications. She was most recently Chief Comms Officer for the City of Memphis.

  • 360 Media and Tara Murphy mark 28 years in business this month. Congrats, Tara!

  • Atlanta PR veteran Diane Larche died this week. Details from the Saporta Report.


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