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GPA Education Seminars


Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Location: GPA Headquarters, 3066 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30341

Cost: $5, includes coffee and donuts

Moderators: Mitch Sneed, Editor, Douglas County Sentinel, Douglasville
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.

Seminar: WATCHDOG WORKSHOP, 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: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.


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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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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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Liz Lemon Swindle and Foundation Arts have createda non-profit. organization dedicated to providing a free picture Jesus Christ to everyone possible. Liz and Foundationa arts invite your publication to publishe their free illustrated column, "The Story of the first Christmas".
Posted 12-20-13
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November is "Package Liquor Store Month"

It's that time of year again. We know what you're thinking: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's - they're all right around the corner. But that's not what we're talking about. Package Liquor Store Month is upon us yet again, and this November marks the fourth annual celebration of independent retail licensees nationwide.
Posted 11-15-13
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Douglas, GA - Optima Chemical Group LLC is demonstrating its dedication to improving the lives of young people in Douglas and Coffee County, GA, by announcing its support for the establishment of a Boys and Girls Club.
Posted 11-14-13
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If you are looking for a personal column that will help attract and keep newspaper readers, please take a look at "My Thoughts", a weekly column that is inspirational and will leave you feeling better than when your day started. It's short enough to keep your readers' interest, long enough to make a positive impact on your attitude towards life, and at $7.50 per week it won't challenge your budget during these difficult times.
Posted 9-17-13
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“Fix Georgia Pets Day" Slated for September 19

More than 50 organizations statewide to provide discounted spay/neutering Goal is to reduce, and ultimately end, pet overpopulation and related suffering.
Posted 9-4-13
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MyJourney Compass puts health information into patients' hands

National pilot project in Georgia engages cancer patients in their own healthcare using mobile technology.
Posted 8-14-13
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Morris elected chairman of the Georgia Peanut Commission.
Posted 6-28-13
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Southern Circulation Managers' Association Annual Conference

Southern Circulation Managers' Association
2014 Conference
Inspiration & Innovation
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida May 15-17th

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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 2014 Advertising Conference

Date: Thursday, April 3rd & Friday April 4th 2014
Location: Lake Blackshear Resort, Cordele, GA
Registration Deadline(hotel & conference): Monday, March 10th

*Call Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club to make hotel reservations 1-800-459-1230 (ask for the GPA Rate) *

Download 2014 Ad Conference & Awards Banquet registration form.

Additional Conference Information & Online Registration.


Georgia Press Institute 2014

February 7-8, 2014
Athens, Georgia

Georgia College Press Association and Georgia Press Association present the premier training event for newspapers in the Southeast. More than 200 students and professionals team up for two days of intense training and celebration of the best of Georgia journalism. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity.

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Georgia Press Association 2014 Better Newspaper Contest

It’s time to start preparing your entries for the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest.

Postmark Deadline:
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Who will be the Best in 2014?
Can you beat last year's General Excellence winners?
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Georgia Press Association 2013 Better Newspaper Contest

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

Download the list of winners.

Download the award presentation (PDF).
(272.2 megabytes)


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.

Ashley Biles
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Larry Walker
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Lamar Norton
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Brian Kemp
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Neely Young
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Charles Davis
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Jim Zachary
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Aimee H. Madden
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Dick Yarbrough
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Johnny Isakson
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Julia Dyar
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Jack Kingston
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Leonard Woolsey
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Bob Tribble
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Donnell Suggs
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GPEF announces scholarship recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Click here to view the full list of scholarship recipients.

All applicants must be a Georgia resident attending a Georgia college or university. The deadline to apply is March 1 of each year. For an application please click here. For more information, contact Jennifer Farmer at jfarmer@gapress.org or 770-454-6776.

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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Inland is your newspaper's HR connection

Newspaper Industry Compensation Survey (NICS) - the industry standard in compensation planning

Employee Attitude Survey - tap into your most valuable resource, your employees

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.

Monthly Advertising Linage Report - Compare ROP and Preprint totals to other newspapers

Visit http://www.inlandpress.org/research/
or contact
Karla Zander
HR Research Manager
Inland Press Association
701 Lee Street Suite 925
Des Plaines, IL 60016
ph 847-795-0380 fax 847-795-0385


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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.