SPJ Georgia’s freelance programs in Atlanta spotlight early fall event schedule

08 15 2017 members freelancers brunch with AJC managing editor
On August 7, SPJ Georgia members sat down with AJC’s Personal Journeys editor, Suzanne Van Atten, for a private members’ brunch at the Cafe Creme in Dunwoody, Georgia. From the left: Adina Solomon, Judi Kanne, Judy Benowitz, Karen Huppertz, Suzanne Van Atten (AJC), Jatika H. Patterson and Haisten Willis. SPJ Georgia photo

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Mark your calendars freelancers for SPJ Georgia’s fall schedule for programs and gatherings exclusively to meet your needs. All freelance journalists are invited to attend from Georgia and surrounding states.

Digital Hyperlocal Journalism Panel

Manuels Tavern logoThursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

Join us at the legendary Manuel’s Tavern as we focus on one of the newest forms of journalism — digital hyperlocal websites.

Often just a few years old and edited by their founders, hyperlocal digital websites are the startups of the journalism world, a 21st century take on the community newspaper. Panel members include Dan Whisenhunt, Decaturish.com; Larry Felton Johnson, Cobb County Courier; and Kristal Dixon, Patch.com.

The panel will be moderated by SPJ Georgia board member Haisten Willis and will begin Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. The event is free but please RSVP ahead of time so we know how many people are coming!

For information on the panel and registration …. LINK HERE.

For more information, contact Haisten Willis at haisten.willis@gmail.com  

Freelancer lunch and hangout

Freelancing can get lonely, so let’s get together and dish over lunch. No speaker. No agenda. Just casual conversation among friends and freelancers hosted by SPJ Georgia.

Cafe Pharr Vinings location logoTuesday, August 29 at 12 p.m. at Cafe at Pharr, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (located inside Vinings Jubilee)

Attendance is free for members and non-members alike, but everyone will be responsible for their own lunch and drinks. Of course, if you’re not a freelance journalist but would still like to attend, you are welcome to join us.

Questions? Contact Adina Solomon at adinars9@gmail.com

Writing for The New Yorker: From freelance to staff writer

Charles Bethea
Charles Bethea

Hear from Atlanta-based writer Charles Bethea and how he broke into writing for The New Yorker magazine as a freelancer. Find out from Bethea what the pitching and fact-checking process are like and how he earned a staff position.

Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., WSB-TV News 2, 1601 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.

The event is free for members of the Society of Professional Journalists Georgia Pro Chapter. $25 for non-members.  More details and register HERE.