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Release Date: 02.08.2018 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Leff & Associates

"4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with the Living Intown's Curt Holman

Leff's Atlanta Media's Weekly Feature Conversation with an Atlanta Journalist

Each week, in partnership with Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), Atlanta Daybook presents our "Journalist Spotlight." Atlanta public relations professional Mitch Leff of Leff & Associates offers a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market, asking them four questions that'll help you learn more about local Atlanta media. What makes them tick? What's new at their media outlet? What drives them?

Mitch also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (http://www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts.

The Spotlight Shines on Curt Holman!

This week, we’re talking with Curt Holman, writer and editor for Living Intown magazine. Curt is a freelance writer/editor who does most of his work for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as editor of ‘Living Intown’ magazine (which celebrates its 5th anniversary in September). He has a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Georgia and attended Vanderbilt as an undergrad.

Curt edited trade magazines for several years while also writing freelance as a film, TV and arts critic. Also, in his past … he was a staff writer for Creative Loafing for about a decade,

He's been the president of the Southeastern Film Critics Association; an NEA Fellow for the 2005 Institute in Theater; and a winner or finalist of Green Eyeshades and the Association of Alternate Newspapers Awards. Living Intown was a 2015 finalist for Best New Print Publication from the International News Media Association.

What kind of story makes you proud to be a journalist?

Recently I did a story on my former Creative Loafing colleague Carlton Hargro and his brother, who are self-publishing a line of comic books on superheroes of color. I ran into Carlton recently and he said the story brought them a lot of attention and interest.

Writing well can be its own reward but feeling like you’ve improved someone’s life is the best. Here’s a link to that story: http://tinyurl.com/ycckkjkg

What’s new and different about what you’re doing?

Living Intown is primarily a print publication, so it’s old-school in a lot of ways. Our staff (not counting ad sales) is entirely freelance-based, though: editors, writers, photographers and designers working together via email and conference call feels like a new paradigm.

As a film critic, the new thing is writing about movies with on-line platforms disrupting the distribution model. Director David Bruckner, an Atlanta native, has a nifty little horror film called “The Ritual” debuting on Netflix on Feb. 9. Netflix draws so little attention to those kinds of releases, though, that most people may never hear of it – even though the film is almost literally at the fingertips of Netflix subscribers. I’m reviewing “The Ritual” for ArtsATL.

What is the best and worst thing about your job?

Probably the best thing is being able to use my creativity, whether as a writer or an editor who plans story budgets and works with other writers. It’s also a great opportunity to attend early screenings or get advance screeners of movies. I never get jaded about that.

The worst thing, which probably goes without saying, is the amount of uncertainty going through journalism as the industry changes.

What’s the coolest thing people should know about you?

It may be the opposite of “cool,” but for the past two years my friend Kevin Moreau and I have been releasing a podcast called “The Comics Canon,” on which we read, review and render judgment on the great comic book stories of yesterday and today.

In January we celebrated our second anniversary and dropped our 50th episode (not counting bonus episodes). Check it out at http://www.comicscanon.com/.

About You

Last Book Read: The last book I read was ‘Homey Don’t Play That!’ – I interviewed Decatur author David Peisner for the AJC (Link). I’m almost finished reading an extremely effective modern haunted house novel, “The Grip of It” by Jac Jemc.

Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Based on how much my family spends there, Galla’s Pizza in Chamblee, apparently.

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: I don’t feel guilty about enjoying the things that a lot of people consider guilty pleasures, like the superhero or horror genres. But I drink one Coca-Cola a day, usually right after lunch, and relish it even though I know that sugary sodas are not good for one’s health. I’ve yet to find an alternative that even comes close.

Local Getaway: My family loves taking nature walks, with Hahn Woods near Emory University a favorite. Further afield, Amicalola Falls is great.

Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Honestly, I find so many pretexts to write about my hobbies and interests that they mostly qualify as “work-related.” Listening to podcasts has become a big part of my daily routine, especially when driving or walking the dog.

Twitter: @Curt_Holman

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Mitch Leff

Company: Leff & Associates

Phone: 4048614769

Cell: 4048614769

E-mail: mitch@leffassociates.com