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Atlanta Press Club

The Atlanta Press Club was founded in 1964 and has grown to become one of the largest and most dynamic professional journalism associations in the country. Our membership encompasses Atlanta’s burgeoning media community including print, broadcast and online, big and small, national and local media outlets. Over half of our 800-plus members are working journalists. The balance is public relations professionals, educators, retirees and students. As a professional and networking organization, APC hosts educational and social programs every month. Our monthly programs take a challenging look at how journalists are doing their jobs. Recent topics have included 'The 24-Hour News Cycle', 'Covering the Suburbs', and 'Anonymous Sources'. Each month the Press Club also hosts a local or national newsmaker to speak to its membership. Recent speakers include Former President Jimmy Carter, Shepard Smith of FOX News Channel and Arthur Blank, owner and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia Force.

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  • Mayor Franklin, Atlanta's first female mayor and the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a major Southern city, is perhaps one of the most popular political leaders in the city's history. She has earned praise from the national media and the respect of Atlanta's business leaders. She discusses the challenges for Atlanta in 2007 and beyond.
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  • Arthur Blank, owner of Atlanta Falcons NFL Team speaks at the Atlanta Press Club. Blank is also Chairman, President and CEO of AMB Group, LLC, and Chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, a name synonymous with philanthropy and personal involvement in many great causes. He is best known in the business community for his entrepreneurial success as cofounder of The Home Depot. A native of Flushing, NY, Blank received a BS Degree in Business Administration from Babson College.
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  • Hollie Manheimer, director of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation, outlines the current state of open government laws in Georgia. Manheimer, an attorney who speaks to the General Assembly on First Amendment issues, updates us on the current state of open government laws in Georgia and explains proposals in the current session of the Legislature that would affect open meetings and records laws.
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  • Georgia State University's Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility and the Atlanta Press Club guest speakers explore how bloggers are redefining journalism and presenting new challenges for businesses and other institutions. This discussion on ethics and new media is led by representatives of business, journalism, and the electronic media.
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  • New Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith sketches a preview of the next season for the Atlanta team. Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Smith was named head coach in January 2008, after the football team's tumultuous times involving former quarterback Michael Vick. He talks about his early impressions of free agency, the draft and off-season training as the team readies its battle plan.
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  • Douglas Blackmon's *Slavery by Another Name* illuminates a little known, widespread and legal form of slavery that continued in the US from the end of the Civil War through 1945. One example: As a result of abhorrent legislation designed to intimidate African-Americans, thousands of blacks were arbitrarily arrested, levied with tremendous fines, and charged for the costs of their own arrests. Based on a vast record of original documents and personal narratives, *Slavery by Another Name* reveals the lost stories of African-Americans who, despite Amendment 13 and the Emancipation Proclamation, lived a life of toil and slavery into the 20th Century. Blackmon is the Atlanta Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal. He has written extensively on race, the economy, and American society. Reared in the Mississippi Delta, he lives in downtown Atlanta with his wife and children.
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  • Ralph E. Reed Jr. discusses his debut novel, *Dark Horse*. It is a political thriller about a complicated presidential campaign thrown into chaos when a presidential nominee is murdered by a terrorist.
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  • Ted Turner unleashes his opinions, as he does in his latest book, *Call Me Ted*. Turner has been world-renowned as "the Mouth of the South", "Captain Outrageous", the founder of CNN, the former owner of the Atlanta Braves, one of the most influential and generous philanthropists, and the largest private landowner in the US.
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  • Dennis Lockhart discusses the economic outlook for Atlanta.
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  • A panel of journalists discuss the increasing amount of news coverage that celebrities receive. The journalists examine the number of times that legitimate news sources spend covering celebrities and determine if the attention is driven by consumer interest or if the public is interested as a result of all the media attention.
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