The Atlanta Press Club chairman Duane Stanford, executive editor Beverage Digest, welcomes everyone to the APC Hall of Fame dinner, and introduces emcee Christi Paul, CNN, at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
[Letter from Duane Stanford in The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame program.]
The Atlanta Press Club recognizes these are disruptive times for journalism and its professionals. The rise of online distribution and social media have forced an economic upheaval within the industry. At the same time, there is a growing cynicism about the profession that can obscure the critical service journalists provide to society.
Challenging times require clarity of mission and earnest consideration of what can be improved. The Atlanta Press Club intends to do both. This is in keeping with our goal to serve the evolving professional, educational and social needs of our media community, while we foster journalistic excellence and advance the public’s understanding of a free press.
With this in mind, the Atlanta Press Club asserts the following in support of our journalism community:
“The Atlanta Press Club, almost 600 members strong, values diversity of opinion, civil discourse and constructive criticism of institutions. These are hallmarks of a free society, and journalists serve a key role in advancing these values. People invested in their communities rely on the work of trusted and ethical journalists to help them stay informed and make decisions. Journalists are trained professionals who strive to gather information and present facts. Million of readers, viewers and listeners endorse this work every day with their time and attention. A free press is essential to a well-functioning society that benefits all participants, and it must be protected at all levels.”
The Club will incorporate this statement of principle into its “Journalism Matters” campaign, event presentations and social media activity.
The most immediate way to support our profession and goals in this time of great change is to join our “Journalism Matters” campaign. This support will contribute to timely training programs for established journalists, the development of new journalists, and the recognition of quality journalism. We invite you to go to atlantapressclub.org to get involved.
We appreciate your support of our annual Hall of Fame and of the Atlanta Press Club. Journalism matters.
Atlanta Press Club Board
Duane Stanford, Chairman
Lauri Strauss, President
The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame emcee Christi Paul — weekend anchor of CNN’s New Day, and a weekday anchor and reporter for HLN — makes closing remarks at the conclusion of the APC Hall of Fame dinner held at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
“Oh my goodness. I think collectively we just want to say to each of you: ‘Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for your dedication.’ You are an encouragement to all of us, a reminder to all of us why we do what we do. Why we have to be dedicated to it — the way that you were. Why we have to take risks. Why we have to find our courage. And, it is because of you that we get to do what we do, and we will try to live up to the standards. Thank you so much. Let’s give them all a round of applause. The Hall of Famers! That does conclude the evening, but truly, thank you to all of you for setting the standard for all of us.”
Watch the entire evening here: NYDEO: The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 10/10/17.
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