By Special to the Daily World
The Atlanta Press Club announced on May 20 inductees into its 2011 Hall of Fame program, including M. Alexis Scott and the Scott Family, publishers of the Atlanta Daily World.
Other inductees in the newly created Hall of Fame are:
Furman Bisher — the noted sportswriter, editor and author who began his career in 1938 and joined the Atlanta Constitution in 1950
Henry Grady (1850-1889) — the legendary editor of the Atlanta Constitution
Tom Johnson — president of CNN in the 1990s and former publisher of the Los Angeles Times
John Pruitt — longtime anchor of Channel 2 Action News on WSB-TV and 11Alive News on WXIA-TV, who retired at the end of 2010
Ted Turner, the media titan who is best known as the founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting Company
The Press Club noted that the World is “the city’s respected and pioneering African American newspaper founded in 1928.” It also noted that Turner and Bisher are past recipients of the Atlanta Press Club Lifetime of Achievement award.
“The Atlanta Press Club is honored to include these prestigious and influential trailblazers, who helped set the standard for journalism in Georgia and across the nation, in our 2011 Hall of Fame class,” said Jon Shirek of WXIA-TV and chair of the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame committee. “We will use proceeds from the event to provide scholarships for college and university students studying journalism to guarantee that a new generation will keep alive the high standards of our profession.”
The honorees will be inducted at a dinner on Sept. 22 at the InterContinental Buckhead. Tickets are $75 for Atlanta Press Club members and $100 for non-members. Event sponsors include the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Cox Media Group, Georgia State University, Iconologic and Wells Fargo. Contact 404-57-PRESS for information on tickets and other sponsorship opportunities.
The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest and dynamic professional journalism associations in the country. The membership encompasses Atlanta’s burgeoning media community — print, broadcast and online, large and small, national and local media outlets. More than half the Club’s 600 members are working journalists, the balance consist of public relations professionals, educators, retirees and students. The APC’s mission is to serve the professional and social needs of Atlanta’s journalism community, foster journalistic excellence and advance the public’s interest in and understanding of a free press. Visit http://www.atlantapressclub.org for more information.