Georgia Press Association

Georgia Press Association Promoting the interests & well-being of Georgia's newspaper industry.
In 1887, the Georgia Press Association was founded to bring together Georgia newspapers. Their goal: Create an organization, which would protect, promote, foster and advance the interest of the newspaper industry in Georgia. Today, the Georgia Press Association is still growing, and our members remain among the top business leaders in the state. From rural weeklies to metropolitan dailies, Georgia newspapers are close to the heart and soul of the community in every city and town. Our members carry out the goal of their early predecessors by securing unity of thought and action in all matters pertaining to the profession of journalism. The membership is guided in its quest by an 18-member board of directors and numerous permanent and special committees. GPA is active in offering educational and networking opportunities for its members in addition to placing advertising through GPA's affiliate, the Georgia Newspaper Service, and offering scholarships and internships through the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

From the Gwinnett Daily Post: As D-Day veterans dwindle, stories they pass on keep the memories of that momentous day al...
06/05/2019
As D-Day veterans dwindle, stories they passed on keep memory of service alive

From the Gwinnett Daily Post: As D-Day veterans dwindle, stories they pass on keep the memories of that momentous day alive. https://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/local/as-d-day-veterans-dwindle-stories-they-passed-on-keep/article_4b1aabd4-8635-11e9-9f07-0303598cd7b1.html

As the number of D-Day veterans dwindles, it's the stories they passed on to their families and others about what they did on that day that are helping keep the

Great to see former Georgia Press Educational Foundation scholarship winner Julia Fechter working at The Oconee Enterpri...
06/03/2019
Award-winning journalist joins The Enterprise

Great to see former Georgia Press Educational Foundation scholarship winner Julia Fechter working at The Oconee Enterprise in Watkinsville. Way to go Julia! http://www.oconeeenterprise.com/news/article_c72c96da-7bfc-11e9-ba0d-03790a1ab25d.html

In her first two assignments, The Oconee Enterprise’s newest reporter, Julia Fechter, captured the very spirit of Oconee. The Oconee Veterans Foundation Memorial Day observance and the upcoming First Saturday

Great story in Marietta Daily Journal by a guest journalist visiting Normandy as the 75th anniversary of D-Day nears. ht...
06/03/2019
75th D-Day anniversary: A visit to Normandy stirs the soul

Great story in Marietta Daily Journal by a guest journalist visiting Normandy as the 75th anniversary of D-Day nears. https://www.mdjonline.com/news/th-d-day-anniversary-a-visit-to-normandy-stirs-the/article_32dec01e-7b0e-11e9-9fed-4fdd2726fef5.html

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kennesaw resident Donna Krache is a former news producer who teaches journalism at Georgia State University. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Krache chronicled for the

Rockdale County has honored E.R. Shipp — A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and journalism professor. See the Rockdale C...
06/03/2019
E.R. Shipp blends love of history, education and journalism

Rockdale County has honored E.R. Shipp — A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and journalism professor. See the Rockdale Citizen: https://www.rockdalenewtoncitizen.com/features/e-r-shipp-blends-love-of-history-education-and-journalism/article_63b8e8bc-823f-11e9-b7db-5322befc023d.html

At the inaugural Black Heritage Hall of Fame induction in March, E.R. Shipp, educator Jacquelyn Belcher and educator and long time Conyers City Council member Cleveland Stroud were recognized with

We wrapped up our convention by choosing new officers. VP Alan NeSmith of The Northeast Georgian in Cornelia, President ...
06/02/2019

We wrapped up our convention by choosing new officers. VP Alan NeSmith of The Northeast Georgian in Cornelia, President Dan Pool of the Pickens County Progress in Jasper and Treasurer Mike Gebhart of Southern Community Newspapers are great folks to lead us for the next year!

GPA President Otis Brumby chose Buff Leavy of The Brunswick News for the President's Award.
06/01/2019

GPA President Otis Brumby chose Buff Leavy of The Brunswick News for the President's Award.

Congratulations to Sydney Taylor of The News Observer of Blue Ridge, who is this year's winner of the Emerging Journalis...
06/01/2019

Congratulations to Sydney Taylor of The News Observer of Blue Ridge, who is this year's winner of the Emerging Journalist Award for weekly newspapers. A record number of nominees here too!

Congratulations to Isabel Hughes of the Gwinnett Daily Post, winner of the Emerging Journalist Competition for daily new...
06/01/2019

Congratulations to Isabel Hughes of the Gwinnett Daily Post, winner of the Emerging Journalist Competition for daily newspaper journalists. She won from among a record number of nominees!

Great second day of #GPAConvention2019. Congratulations to Jim Zachary and The Valdosta Daily Times for winning the Free...
06/01/2019

Great second day of #GPAConvention2019. Congratulations to Jim Zachary and The Valdosta Daily Times for winning the Freedom of Information Award! He's here accepting the honor with GPA President Otis Brumby of the Marietta Daily Journal.

Wonderful tributes were made by May and Laura Geiger and by Faith Peppers as Quimby Melton Jr., May Wingfield Melton and...
05/31/2019

Wonderful tributes were made by May and Laura Geiger and by Faith Peppers as Quimby Melton Jr., May Wingfield Melton and Celestine Sibley were all installed in the Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Savannah Morning News and Publisher Mike Traynor won the award for best idea at the Hot Ideas on Tap session tonight. Aw...
05/31/2019

Savannah Morning News and Publisher Mike Traynor won the award for best idea at the Hot Ideas on Tap session tonight. Awesome job presenting great projects by all the newspapers who participated!

Congratulations to Dan Ponder and David Maxwell of the Donalsonville News. The News received GPA's Community Service Awa...
05/31/2019

Congratulations to Dan Ponder and David Maxwell of the Donalsonville News. The News received GPA's Community Service Award today for its work in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which nearly leveled Seminole County. Ponder received the honor from GPA President Otis Brumby.

Can't forget David and Brooks Hudson providing the annual Legal Update session, one of the most popular every year!
05/31/2019

Can't forget David and Brooks Hudson providing the annual Legal Update session, one of the most popular every year!

Lots of other great stuff too: Grady College Dean Charles Davis on media trust, David Maxwell of the Donalsonville News ...
05/31/2019

Lots of other great stuff too: Grady College Dean Charles Davis on media trust, David Maxwell of the Donalsonville News and Mike Gebhart of Southern Community Newspapers on operating during Hurricane Michael and other disasters, Leonard Woolsey of Galveston County Daily News and Stacy Jennings of GPA on events marketing, and Zach Dennis of the Savannah Morning News on innovative newsroom technology. Whew!

Tonight, Gov. Brian Kemp, and his wife, Marty, joined us at the All-Georgia Products Reception.
05/30/2019

Tonight, Gov. Brian Kemp, and his wife, Marty, joined us at the All-Georgia Products Reception.

John Barrow and Sara Doyle, both candidates for the Georgia Supreme Court, spoke at GPA's Opening Luncheon.
05/30/2019

John Barrow and Sara Doyle, both candidates for the Georgia Supreme Court, spoke at GPA's Opening Luncheon.

What a great start to the #GPAConvention2019! Dean Charles Davis of the Grady College of Journalism at UGA and then Geor...
05/30/2019

What a great start to the #GPAConvention2019! Dean Charles Davis of the Grady College of Journalism at UGA and then Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.

Can't leave out Georgia Ports Authority, also a super sponsor of our Annual Convention on Jekyll Island!
05/29/2019

Can't leave out Georgia Ports Authority, also a super sponsor of our Annual Convention on Jekyll Island!

Thanks to Georgia Cotton Commission — another great sponsor of our 133rd Annual Convention, which starts tomorrow!
05/29/2019

Thanks to Georgia Cotton Commission — another great sponsor of our 133rd Annual Convention, which starts tomorrow!

The Marietta Daily Journal is working to find photos of two Vietnam heroes and help Georgia complete its list: https://w...
05/28/2019
“Faces Never Forgotten" project is in search of photos of two Cobb County soldiers killed in the Vietnam War

The Marietta Daily Journal is working to find photos of two Vietnam heroes and help Georgia complete its list: https://www.mdjonline.com/news/faces-never-forgotten-project-is-in-search-of-photos-of/article_352ecd10-7e78-11e9-ba06-3ff52b14aee0.html

A nationwide search to put a face with each of the 58,000 names etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. has led to Cobb County.

Georgia National Cemetery marks Memorial Day with solemn ceremony. See The Cherokee Tribune: https://www.tribuneledgerne...
05/28/2019
Crowd gathers at Georgia National Cemetery to mark Memorial Day

Georgia National Cemetery marks Memorial Day with solemn ceremony. See The Cherokee Tribune: https://www.tribuneledgernews.com/local_news/crowd-gathers-at-georgia-national-cemetery-to-mark-memorial-day/article_75300786-7f17-11e9-a311-bf3634992c62.html

A large crowd of people from throughout the area braved Saturday’s heat to visit the Georgia National Cemetery near Canton as the cemetery held its annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Thanks to TownNews.com for being a GPA Convention 2019 sponsor! We look forward to seeing Roger Lee on Jekyll Island.
05/28/2019

Thanks to TownNews.com for being a GPA Convention 2019 sponsor! We look forward to seeing Roger Lee on Jekyll Island.

Another great sponsor of #GPAConvention2019 is the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Scien...
05/28/2019

Another great sponsor of #GPAConvention2019 is the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Thank you!

More great sponsors of our 133rd Annual Convention: Thanks to Georgia Peanut Commission!
05/24/2019

More great sponsors of our 133rd Annual Convention: Thanks to Georgia Peanut Commission!

Lightning sparked a fire in the Okefenokee Swamp Sunday, and the dry conditions forecast for the next week have official...
05/22/2019
Wildfire burns in Okefenokee

Lightning sparked a fire in the Okefenokee Swamp Sunday, and the dry conditions forecast for the next week have officials scrambling to contain it. See The Brunswick News: https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/wildfire-burns-in-okefenokee/article_f713dca4-bf97-59c2-9edb-7cbf5d47c473.html

A wildfire burning in the northeast corner of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has consumed more than 185 acres since it was sparked by a lightning strike around noon on

Just over a week away from 133rd Annual Convention. Can't wait to meet with the great folks from these companies who wil...
05/22/2019

Just over a week away from 133rd Annual Convention. Can't wait to meet with the great folks from these companies who will be there too.

Be sure to stop by and see:
Century Printing and Packaging Inc.
Corning Publishing Co.
Creative Circle Media Solutions
eType Services
Georgia First Amendment Foundation
Hess Print Solutions
Magazine Association Georgia
Miles 33
Panaprint
Publications Press Inc.
River Cities Printing
Walton Press Inc.

Looking forward to our annual convention starting next week. We've got a great lineup of speakers and sessions. Eric NeS...
05/21/2019

Looking forward to our annual convention starting next week. We've got a great lineup of speakers and sessions. Eric NeSmith of Community Newspapers Inc. in Athens will lead the popular Ideas on Tap group discussion Thursday afternoon. For more on the convention: www.gapress.org/conferences-events/

We're getting close to our 133rd annual Convention on Jekyll Island, and there are some exciting events on tap. Our head...
05/20/2019

We're getting close to our 133rd annual Convention on Jekyll Island, and there are some exciting events on tap. Our headliner is Gov. Brian Kemp, who will be speaking at the All-Georgia Products Reception on May 30!

Thanks to The Brunswick News, which is participating in the Wall of Faces project to find pictures of Vietnam heroes fro...
05/13/2019
Help us honor Isles soldiers killed in Vietnam

Thanks to The Brunswick News, which is participating in the Wall of Faces project to find pictures of Vietnam heroes from Glynn County for inclusion in exhibit with the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. https://thebrunswicknews.com/opinion/daily_editorial/help-us-honor-isles-soldiers-killed-in-vietnam/article_752c2347-5dbd-5f29-b9f8-75133a4b96d0.html

Last week, we wrote about our appreciation for the work done by Coastal Georgia Honor Flight. For those who don’t know, Honor Flight facilitates a trip to Washington, D.C. every

A Brookwood High senior helped his team win a state tennis title just one day after the death of his mother. See Gwinnet...
05/09/2019
Day after mother's death, Thomas Montroy helps Brookwood tennis to state championship

A Brookwood High senior helped his team win a state tennis title just one day after the death of his mother. See Gwinnett Daily Post: https://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/sports/day-after-mother-s-death-thomas-montroy-helps-brookwood-tennis/article_cfacc209-8a4e-543d-a737-025bf094759d.html

SNELLVILLE — Those close to Thomas Montroy knew exactly why he took a knee in front of his courtside bench for an extended pre-match prayer.

State labor commissioner says employers have trouble finding job candidates who show up on time, communicate and pass dr...
05/09/2019
State labor commissioner says employers finding workers with soft skills in low supply

State labor commissioner says employers have trouble finding job candidates who show up on time, communicate and pass drug tests. See the Daily Citizen-News of Dalton: https://www.dailycitizen.news/news/local_news/state-labor-commissioner-says-employers-finding-workers-with-soft-skills/article_1b30effe-2363-51ae-85a0-4427256d0fda.html

CHATSWORTH — Ten years after the end of the Great Recession, employers have reached all of the "easy pickings" when it comes to finding workers, says Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark

80-year-old woman from Cobb County is Oliver North's successor as president of NRA. See Marietta Daily Journal: https://...
05/07/2019
New NRA president, Cobb native, aiming for higher membership, reclaiming government offices

80-year-old woman from Cobb County is Oliver North's successor as president of NRA. See Marietta Daily Journal: https://www.mdjonline.com/news/new-nra-president-cobb-native-aiming-for-higher-membership-reclaiming/article_6732082c-6dc5-11e9-8018-0fe0132c64d9.html

MARIETTA — The new president of the National Rifle Association has her sights set on growing the organization’s membership and reclaiming Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District for Republicans as she begins

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