Our mission is to inform the public on the most critical issues facing metro Atlanta by providing in-depth reporting and presenting possible solutions with opportunities for civic engagement online and in the community.
Our definition of civic journalism
Civic journalism is a way to inform the public about the most critical issues affecting our community. The Atlanta Civic Circle will provide solutions-oriented reporting and analysis and create a forum where people can become more engaged in the decision-making process.
Who we are
In fast-evolving Atlanta, civic engagement has never been more crucial. Many residents, however, underestimate the impact they can have on the future of their city with efforts as slight as an occasional visit to a community meeting or casting a ballot in a local election.
Equally underappreciated in Atlanta is the need to educate folks on how to make those easy steps. All too often, public meetings are underattended, local votes are determined by an invested few, and the direction of the city’s growth is left at the mercy of local leaders, from city, county, and state politicians to real estate developers to lobbyists and more. Therein lies a sense of urgency to usher more Atlantans toward a desire to have a say.
The aim of the Atlanta Civic Circle is to increase engagement to build a better educated, more involved readership that shall shape the Atlanta of tomorrow. We launched with one of Atlanta’s most daunting issues: Housing Affordability and then decided to take on Democracy in our region.
Imagine, years from now, an Atlanta where the housing affordability crisis is but a distant memory, thanks largely to laypeople and their neighbors, and not just the powers that be.
We at the Atlanta Civic Circle can’t tackle this alone. Housing affordability and democracy are but the first two “Civic Circles” we aim to address. These issues have plagued Atlanta for decades, but they’re far from the only hurdles to creating a world-class city. As we grow, we need YOU to guide us toward the coverage and issues that matter most to you.
Perhaps tackling matters of environmental sustainability or homelessness or income inequality — all of which, granted, have current implications on our focus areas— will follow. But we’ll leave that up to you, the readers who appreciate that a vested interest in one’s community is vital to molding a city that prospers everywhere, rather than just a privileged few neighborhoods.
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Editorial Independence Policy. Atlanta Civic Circle retains full authority over our editorial content. The reporting we provide will never be affected by the sources of our revenue.
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Saba Long- Executive Director
Saba has provided communications expertise to numerous political campaigns and ballot initiatives, counseled tech startups, and served as a liaison for a White House advisory panel on infrastructure and cybersecurity. Saba has worked on nearly every major transit referenda in metro Atlanta since 2010, bringing transit back to Clayton County and expanding MARTA service in the city of Atlanta. She served as a contractor and consultant for MARTA, providing media relations and executive communications to then-CEO Keith T. Parker.
She is a founding member of the MARTA Army, a citizen-led initiative to improve the transit ridership experience. The Army’s most known initiative, Operation TimelyTrip brought route information to popular MARTA bus stops that lacked relevant signage and was instrumental in helping the agency improve the bus customers’ experience. Saba has also served on the boards of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (now called Propel Atlanta), PEDs, and the Atlanta chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation.