The Scoop

Like most Americans in the 19th century, Atlantans found out about the events of the day from reading newspapers. By most accounts, Atlanta got its first newspaper when the town was still called Marthasville. Since then a string of newspapers have called Atlanta home, including the city’s oldest African American Newspaper, the Atlanta Daily World.

The only Atlanta newspaper to survive the ravages of the Civil War was the Atlanta Intelligencer, a newspaper that began publication in 1849. One of the reporters who worked for the Intelligencer was Captain Evan Howell, the father of Clark Howell, the namesake of Howell Mill Rd. The Intelligencer went out of business in 1871 and its printing equipment was purchased by an upstart newspaper called the Atlanta Constitution.

The Constitution had begun publishing in the summer of 1868 and would ultimately go on to become the city’s dominant news organization. That is until 1883 when something happened that changed the landscape of Atlanta’s newspaper business forever. And, as is so often the case in the newspaper business, that life-changing event started with tragedy.

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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