Courtney Martinez

Digital Optimization Specialist

Martinez assists hyperlocal reporters and AJC newsroom with optimization and SEO guidance. Born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., Martinez graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in Mass Communication in 2015. She joined the AJC in 2016 and previously worked for NCAA Digital, a division of Turner Sports.

Latest from Courtney Martinez

2026 World Cup: 4 reasons why North American bid matters for Atlanta
 For the first time since 1994, FIFA will officially bring the World Cup to North America in 2026. The combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico secured the tournament after a vote of 134 to 65 in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday.   Here are four reasons why the bid will be important for the city of Atlanta. &bull...

5:23 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

For the first time since 1994, FIFA will officially bring the World Cup to North America in 2026. The combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico secured the tournament after a vote of 134 to 65 in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday.   Here are four reasons why the bid will be important for the city of Atlanta. &bull...
DeKalb County School District 2018-19 calendar
 School is officially out for summer, and while kids wish it would last forever, DeKalb County Schools will return in a few months. The first day of school for DeKalb is officially set for Monday, August 6.  During last year’s school year, DeKalb made adjustments throughout the year due to severe weather from Tropical Storm Irma...

6:36 PM Friday, May. 25, 2018

School is officially out for summer, and while kids wish it would last forever, DeKalb County Schools will return in a few months. The first day of school for DeKalb is officially set for Monday, August 6.  During last year’s school year, DeKalb made adjustments throughout the year due to severe weather from Tropical Storm Irma...
Cobb County School District 2018-19 calendar
 Once again this fall, Cobb students will be some of the first students to return to school. The 2018-19 school year will start on Wednesday August 1.  The previous school year started on July 31, which prompted several parents to circulate a petition in opposition of the early start date. It garnered more than 11,000 signatures...

5:21 PM Friday, May. 25, 2018

Once again this fall, Cobb students will be some of the first students to return to school. The 2018-19 school year will start on Wednesday August 1.  The previous school year started on July 31, which prompted several parents to circulate a petition in opposition of the early start date. It garnered more than 11,000 signatures...
See the graduation schedule for Clayton County Schools in 2018
 Clayton County will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 in ceremonies from May 24 to May 26. The CCPS Board of Education approved the graduation schedule back on Nov. 6. All graduations will take place at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park with the exception of Perry Career Academy and Elite...

9:00 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

Clayton County will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 in ceremonies from May 24 to May 26. The CCPS Board of Education approved the graduation schedule back on Nov. 6. All graduations will take place at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park with the exception of Perry Career Academy and Elite...
Here is the complete 2018 graduation schedule for Henry County Schools
 Congratulation, Henry County seniors. You have survived the last four years of tests, papers and assignments. Now it’s time to celebrate your Class of 2018. All graduations for the county will be held on May 25 and at each school’s stadium. Here are the times each school will host its graduation.  Dutchtown High School, Friday...

8:54 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

Congratulation, Henry County seniors. You have survived the last four years of tests, papers and assignments. Now it’s time to celebrate your Class of 2018. All graduations for the county will be held on May 25 and at each school’s stadium. Here are the times each school will host its graduation.  Dutchtown High School, Friday...
Here is the complete DeKalb County school graduation schedule for 2018
 DeKalb County seniors have put in hard work for the past four years.  Now it’s time for them to celebrate. DeKalb County School District will host graduations for high schools the week of May 21 through May 26.  All ceremonies will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Here is the complete schedule...

8:47 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

DeKalb County seniors have put in hard work for the past four years.  Now it’s time for them to celebrate. DeKalb County School District will host graduations for high schools the week of May 21 through May 26.  All ceremonies will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Here is the complete schedule...
Here is when Cobb County high schools will hold 2018 graduations
 Well, Cobb seniors, you’ve done it.  After four years of endless tests and papers, high school graduation is finally here.  The county will celebrate your Class of 2018 with ceremonies across the county from May 22 through May 26. Here are the complete dates, times and locations for the district’s high schools. Osborne...

8:41 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Well, Cobb seniors, you’ve done it.  After four years of endless tests and papers, high school graduation is finally here.  The county will celebrate your Class of 2018 with ceremonies across the county from May 22 through May 26. Here are the complete dates, times and locations for the district’s high schools. Osborne...
Here is Fulton County Schools’ 2018 graduation schedule
 Fulton County Schools will celebrate the Class of 2018 with high school graduations over the next few weeks. Graduations will take place at multiple venues throughout the county from May 17 until May 25.  Here are the dates, times and locations for the district’s  high schools:  Alpharetta High School, May 24 at 7 p.m., Verizon...

7:51 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Fulton County Schools will celebrate the Class of 2018 with high school graduations over the next few weeks. Graduations will take place at multiple venues throughout the county from May 17 until May 25.  Here are the dates, times and locations for the district’s high schools:  Alpharetta High School, May 24 at 7 p.m., Verizon...
March for Our Lives Atlanta: How the march unfolded on social media
 Social media timelines are flooded with images and videos of the “March for Our Lives” rallies in cities across the country, including here in Atlanta. Parkland survivors sparked the “March for Our Lives” demonstrations against gun violence after 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting.  An estimated...

7:41 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

Social media timelines are flooded with images and videos of the “March for Our Lives” rallies in cities across the country, including here in Atlanta. Parkland survivors sparked the “March for Our Lives” demonstrations against gun violence after 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting.  An estimated...
30,000 in Atlanta march, hear emotional pleas on gun violence  
 Atlanta police estimated the crowd at near 30,000 for today’s March for Our Lives. People of all ages were drawn to one of the nationwide demonstrations in a movement begun by student survivors of last month’s mass killing in a Parkland, Fla., school. Some of those Florida students were among the speakers in Atlanta. The Atlanta...

12:36 AM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

Atlanta police estimated the crowd at near 30,000 for today’s March for Our Lives. People of all ages were drawn to one of the nationwide demonstrations in a movement begun by student survivors of last month’s mass killing in a Parkland, Fla., school. Some of those Florida students were among the speakers in Atlanta. The Atlanta...
DeKalb water main break: School, business and office closings
 A major water main break in Doraville early Wednesday morning has left much of DeKalb County without water or with low water pressure. The break has impacted schools and businesses across the county, with many of them closing for the day.  Here’s the rundown on county closings: Decatur City Schools are closed
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4:30 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

A major water main break in Doraville early Wednesday morning has left much of DeKalb County without water or with low water pressure. The break has impacted schools and businesses across the county, with many of them closing for the day.  Here’s the rundown on county closings: Decatur City Schools are closed DeKalb County...