GPA J-School: Great teachers, great topics, great value for newsrooms

Georgia newspaper journalists have a fantastic opportunity to go back to journalism school this fall with a quick two-day editorial workshop planned at the University of Georgia.

“GPA J-School” will be Sept. 28-29 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens. The event is being held in partnership with Grady’s James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

Click here for the full conference schedule: GPA’s J-School

To register, download the form here: GPA’s J-School Registration. Complete the form and return it to Georgia Press Association by FAX to 770-454-6778. Payment can be made by check to Georgia Press Association, 3066 Mercer University Drive, Suite 200, Atlanta, Ga. 30341 or by calling 770-454-6776 with credit card information.

Thursday, September 28

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.:  Welcome and brief opening remarks

Scott Buffington, President, Georgia Press Association

Keith Herndon, Director, Cox Institute at Grady


1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.:  “Covering Politics in a Divided Community” Learn about best practices for sourcing and writing about the political divide in many Georgia communities.

Greg Bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.:  Brief break


3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.:  “Understanding Open Meetings” Learn how Georgia law guarantees you access to public officials and their business – and when to push back when they try to close the doors.

Jim Zachary, Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times and Community Newspaper Holdin


4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.:  “Understanding Open Records” Learn what records you can and can’t get under Georgia’s open records law, how to increase the chances of getting the records you want and what to do when your requests are denied.

Ken Foskett, Senior Editor, investigations, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.:  Reception (followed by dinner on your own)   

Friday, September 29



8:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.: “Visual Best Practices” Learn tips for getting the most impact out of your photos, videos and graphics across multiple platforms.

Mark Johnson, Senior Lecturer, Grady College

Kendall Trammell, Associate Producer, CNN Digital

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Networking Break


10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: “Best Practices for Writing Across Platforms” Learn how to get the most from your copy as you post across print, websites, social media and mobile products.

Lori Johnston, Co-founder, Fast Copy News Service, and Instructor, Grady College

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.:  Concluding Remarks/Wrap-up

The event is hosted by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA in partnership with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation.

What must newspapers do to keep public notices?

The threat to the public’s ability to see important government information has never been greater. This year, bills that would have moved public notices from newspapers to government websites were introduced in 22 states.
Georgia Press Association is teaming up with the Public Notice Resource Center for a webinar on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. called “What Newspapers Must Do to Keep Public Notices.” Click here to register for this free webinar:
Richard Karpel, PNRC president, will offer tips and best practices during the session that newspapers can use to help ensure that newspaper publication of notices continues.
Newspapers offer the widest possible access to the public for public notices, and a GPA survey published in 2016 shows overwhelming public support for the continuation of the current system of print/online public notice publication.