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

When are metro Atlanta malls open on Thanksgiving, Black Friday?
 Much like last year’s trend, many stores have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day 2018. But, for those in the metro Atlanta area, don't worry about whether you'll be able to purchase holiday gifts on Thursday and on Black Friday, too. Several malls will be open to get some shopping done once all the turkey, beans, greens, potatoes...

Posted: 3 days ago

Much like last year’s trend, many stores have decided not to open on Thanksgiving Day 2018. But, for those in the metro Atlanta area, don't worry about whether you'll be able to purchase holiday gifts on Thursday and on Black Friday, too. Several malls will be open to get some shopping done once all the turkey, beans, greens, potatoes...
What are Perimeter Mall’s holiday hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday?
 Those in DeKalb County and the Dunwoody area who want to shop and walk off that Thanksgiving feast are in luck. Perimeter Mall is open on Thanksgiving Day.  Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, opens its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. The mall reopens on Black Friday at 6 a.m. A complete...

Posted: 5 days ago

Those in DeKalb County and the Dunwoody area who want to shop and walk off that Thanksgiving feast are in luck. Perimeter Mall is open on Thanksgiving Day.  Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, opens its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. and closes at midnight. The mall reopens on Black Friday at 6 a.m. A complete...
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...