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GPA Education Seminars

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Location: The Albany Herald, 126 N. Washington Street, Albany, Georgia 31701
Cost: $5, includes coffee and donuts
Moderator: Jim Zachary, Editor, Clayton News Daily, Jonesboro and
Henry Daily Herald, McDonough
This open forum is for editors to brainstorm and talk about best practices and successful ideas. Bring an idea you would like to share, and leave with one you can try at your paper.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Gwinnett Daily Post, 725 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
Cost: $25, includes lunch
Moderators: Rick Crotts, Sunday business and sports editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and
instructor of communication, Kennesaw State University
Kathy Goldsberry, Lifestyles Editor, Marietta Daily Journal
Robbie Schwartz, Managing Editor, The Walton Tribune
Jim Zachary, Editor, Clayton News Daily, Jonesboro and
Henry Daily Herald, McDonough
Come join in this rapid-fire roundtable in which you'll get great ideas for putting out quality newspapers through critiques. There will be four parts to this seminar: Layout & Design, News/Editorial (including writing styles, headline usage, news photos and news judgment), Sports (including strength of local coverage, design and photography) and Lifestyles (including article selection, community coverage, layout and design and photography). Bring your newspaper and receive constructive criticism and simultaneously receive ideas on ways to make your paper better and new things to try.

Date: Thursday in October - Date TBD
Location: The Telegraph, Macon
Cost: No Cost, includes lunch
Bring your best ideas to share at this roundtable, which always ends with new ideas for you to take back to your own circulation department. Various and current topics will be discussed.


presented by Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE),
hosted by the Department of Journalism, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, UGA, and the Georgia Press Association

Dates: TBA
Locations: Saturday: Room #101, Miller Learning Center, 48 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia
Sunday: Rooms 242 and 243, Journalism Building, 120 Hooper Street, Athens

Cost: Saturday: $55 for professionals / $25 for students
Sunday: $30 for optional advanced hands-on training

Lunch is on your own both days.
Watchdog Workshop on Saturday, April 26 - This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more. Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for this workshop and get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.
Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training on Sunday, April 27 - Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.
These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.
Registration for this workshop will be through IRE. Please visit
www.ire.org/events-and-training/event/1248/ to register for this workshop.

Date: TBD, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: The Macon Telegraph, 487 Cherry Street, Macon, Georgia 31201
Cost: $25, includes lunch
Too many of our special sections are not too special. Learn how to turn ordinary sections into something extraordinary for your readers. The morning will focus on unique approaches to sports sections and the afternoon will look at producing a strong editorial section.


Contact Ashley at GPA for more info


The Place to Start
The Digital Journalist's Legal Guide has the answers
and links to Reporters Committee resources for all
your questions about the legal issues involved in
gathering and disseminating news.


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Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association reports busy "baby season", need for volunteers
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Last year the GMA partnered with GRPA and cMEcompete to launch an online challenge to determine the most active city in Georgia where Roswell came in first followed by Dallas. This year the challenge has a new name and brand, Active Georgia.
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Green Power EMC Project to Boost Georgia's Supply of Solar Energy
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Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker of Atlanta was installed as the 52nd president of the 46,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 7 during the organization's Annual Meeting.
Posted 6-20-14
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Heart Gallery of Georgia Launch

There are nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. Over 101,000 need adoptive homes right now. More than 25,000 age out of foster care every year, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported. A team from coastal Georgia is pleased to be launching a statewide initiative that offers hope to this seemingly hopeless statistic.
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Gov. Deal signs mugshot bill
Preserves public records status.
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Blackstock Music Festival Set for May Debut in Blackstock, SC.

Two-day outdoor festival to showcase a wide range of musical talent
for a camp-out audience of thousands. March 11, 2014.
Posted 3-13-14
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Director Harris Blackwood and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) are pleased to announce the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for FFY 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015).
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WHO: Tim Harrower is the author of the widely used textbooks "Inside Reporting" and "Newspaper Designer's Handbook."

WHAT: Tim does terrific presentations on how to tell stories and design pages for a modern audience. Click on a short video and read testimonials here:http://timharrower.com/workshops.html.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.

WHERE: Georgia Southern University

HOW MUCH: $50 per person. Lunch on your own. (Many food options nearby)

WHY: Give your staff a blast of energy and solid ideas to improve your paper before fall kicks in.

Registration and payment details soon. For now, send questions and reservation requests to David Simpson, dsimpson@georgiasouthern.edu.

Full disclosure for those near Atlanta: Tim Harrower is being lined up to speak at the Georgia State University Modern Media Conference in mid-September.


JEKYLL ISLAND, GA. - The Georgia Press Association honored winners of the 2014 Freedom of Information Award and the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest on Friday at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel during the group's 128th annual convention.

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2014 Better Newspaper Contest Winners

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GPEF announces scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Kennington Smith Fayetteville Morris Scholarship $2000
Jordan Hill Alma McAlister Scholarship $2000
David Schick Athens Rogers Scholarship $2000
Lindsey Conway Alpharetta GPEF Scholarship $1500
Nathan Harris Alpharetta GPEF Scholarship $1500
CaryAnn Liner Fortson GPEF Scholarship $1500
Hunter Terrell Covington GPEF Scholarship $1500

All applicants must be a Georgia resident attending a Georgia college or university. The deadline to apply is March 1 of each year. For more information, contact Jennifer Farmer at jfarmer@gapress.org or 770-454-6776. Applications can be downloaded from our site at www.gapress.org/scholarships.html.

The following newspaper s have been selected to receive a $1,000 internship grant from Georgia Press Educational Foundation for the summer of 2014:

Daily Report, Atlanta
The Claxton Enterprise
Forsyth County News
Dawson Community News
Douglas County Sentinel
The Courier-Herald
Pickens County Progress
The Press-Sentinel
Clayton News Daily
Gwinnett Daily Post
The Telegraph
Manchester Star-Mercury
Marietta Daily Journal
Henry Daily Herald
The Metter Advertiser
The Newnan Times-Herald
Rome News-Tribune
The McDuffie Progress
The Oconee Enterprise

Transparency Project of Georgia

The Transparency Project of Georgia is a grassroots citizens advocacy project that promotes openness in local government. Participate by sharing your experiences as we advocate for open government.

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Georgia Press Association 2013 Better Newspaper Contest

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest!

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Download the award presentation (PDF).
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Dear Members,
The Georgia Press Association is beginning a column-writing campaign to bolster the successes and the importance of our newspapers by well-known Georgians and newspaper men and women like you. Please feel free to use these columns in your newspaper to show your community what a great job you and your fellow GPA members are doing. And by all means, if you feel compelled to write a column to share in the effort, please send it to us. If you have any questions, give us a call at 770-454-6776.

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New Georgia Sunshine Laws

GPA General Counsel David Hudson has complied a handbook of the new Georgia Sunshine Laws. After more than a year of work spanning two legislative sessions, an overhaul of Georgia's open government laws was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor on April 17. The changes in the law are currently in effect. Please download this handbook for a detailed summary of the current Sunshine Laws.

Georgia College Press Association
Student Media Law Project

Ga Open Records/Meeting Laws

This guide was prepared by Valdosta State University
students from the Law and Journalism course in fall 2011 and is
intended to give GCPA members a quick guide to Georgia open
records/meeting law that can be customized for individual colleges and universities. It is not a substitute for legal advice or the Ga Law for Journalist, however.

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HR Services - Inland's HR Network, Job Description Exchange, Sales Comp Plan Exchange, Job Fair, Legal Affairs Hotline, Job Board and Resume Search, HR Conference, Webinars, Guide to Newspaper Internships and Fellow Diversity Program.

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