Atlanta Press Club asking public for 50 best stories over past 50 years

By Maria Saporta

As a way to celebrate the Atlanta Press Club’s 50th anniversary, it is asking its members and the general public to get in the spirit.

The Club is issuing a public call for people to nominate the best Atlanta stories of the past 50 years.

The search, which will conclude in the fall with the announcement of “Atlanta’s Ten Best Stories” as determined by public voting, is entitled: “Finding Atlanta’s Best Stories: Journalism that Moved Us Over the Last 50 Years.”

The submissions may be any type of media story ranging from a hard-hitting investigative report to an unforgettable feature to an enduring column.

“The stories we will identify will highlight the role robust journalism plays in the lively, informative civic discussion that makes Atlanta great,” said Anita Sharpe, president of the Atlanta Press Club. “Over the past 50 years, the Atlanta Press Club has nurtured and promoted the professional development and public engagement our important media forum requires.”

The search begins immediately with a request for nominations from the public, educational institutions and media outlets for the best stories that “moved us” over the 50 years beginning Jan. 1, 1964 to the present.

Stories must be submitted by June 15, 2014. Entries may focus on an issue of national significance, but the submission must be centered on the 13-county metro Atlanta region.

Nominations must include a copy of the actual story in the form of a web link or a scanned reproduction.

Stories may be from any medium: broadcast, print or digital. Entries must be accompanied by a summary of no more than 150 words explaining what makes this story one of Atlanta’s best in the past 50 years.

“Already we’ve had some great discussions about all the wonderful stories in Atlanta’s history, and that’s the whole point – to get people talking about the importance of good journalism in our civic life,” said Betsy Riley, a member of the professional panel that will review the entries.

The panel will screen the entries and a list of finalists will be made available for public vote to determine the best 10 stories.

For additional information on guidelines for submission, please visit www.atlantapressclub.org.

Entries should be sent to this e-mail address: [email protected].

In the interest of full disclosure, I have been serving on the board of the Atlanta Press Club for more than 25 years. I would like to thank fellow board member Jay Lawrence of Wells Fargo Banks for helping put this all together.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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