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SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter Board of Directors

Thursday, April 17

New business :
1) Approval of the minutes from Sept. 12, 2013
2) Treasurer’s report – Mary Ellin
3) Consider annual donation for Virginia SPJ, SDX Educational Foundation – Brian
4) Nominations open for George Mason Award – Paul
5) Planning committee for George Mason Banquet
6) Review committee for annual report (three non-board members) – Mary Ellin
7) Consider nominations to replace A.J. Lagoe – Pat
8) Upcoming events

The weather may have pushed us back, but we still plan to celebrate Sunshine Week!
In celebration of Sunshine Week 2014, SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter members and friends are invited to learn a new tool for uncovering government secrets on Thursday, April 10.
 The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press recently launched iFOIA, a new FOIA letter generator and project management system for handling local, state and federal freedom of information requests. RCFP Freedom of Information Fellow Emily Grannis will make a presentation on taking advantage of this new system.

During the event, we would love to hear about a FOIA-driven project that helped you uncover something in your community. Equally, let’s share the struggles Virginia journalists are encountering with freedom of information requests.
Also, SPJ Secretary-Treasurer Paul Fletcher will offer a recap of action related to FOIA, public notice and other issues during the General Assembly session. For the past two sessions, Fletcher has monitored the legislature on behalf of our membership and citizens.

Our Sunshine Week event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in the second-floor conference room at 707 E. Main St. in Richmond. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP with an e-mail to virginiaprospj@gmail.com so we have a head count for snacks.

Be sure to save money on tickets to this month’s Region 2 Spring Conference in Washington D.C. Early-bird tickets, with $10 off for professionals and students, are on sale through Friday.

The conference takes place Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at Georgetown University Downtown. Activities open with a screening of “A Fragile Trust,” a new documentary examining the Jayson Blair plagiarism and fabrication scandal and how it reverberated throughout journalism. For more details of the film see www.afragiletrust.com.

Saturday morning will feature a mix of workshops, panels and other activities. Winners of the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards will be honored during an included luncheon. More panels and workshops await in the afternoon, to be followed by a social Saturday night.

 

Want a copy of The Collegian, the University of Richmond’s student newspaper? Act fast, because this week is the final print issue before the publication goes online-only, Style Weekly‘s Tom Nash reports.

“This is the best way to move forward,” Editor in Chief Marina Askari tells Style. “A lot of newsrooms are making this transition.” A refreshed website is expected after Spring Break.

Applications are now being accepted for two scholarships of $1,500 each, available to rising juniors or seniors attending a Virginia college or university. The Virginia SPJ,SDX Educational Foundation awards the scholarships annually, with support from Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 17, 2014.

Applicants are not required to be journalism majors, but they must demonstrate intent to pursue a career in journalism (print, broadcast and/or online media). Both winners will be  recognized at the annual George Mason Banquet, held in June to honor a person who has  supported freedom of the press and contributed significantly to Virginia journalism.

See more information at our scholarships page and be sure to apply!

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather in Richmond and areas north, we are working on a new date for tonight’s Sunshine Week event. Thanks for you patience, and we’ll update as soon as we have new details.

- Pat Kane

In celebration of Sunshine Week 2014, SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter members and friends are invited to learn a new tool for uncovering government secrets.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press recently launched iFOIA, a new FOIA letter generator and project management system for handling local, state and federal freedom of information requests. On Monday, March 17 RCFP Freedom of Information Fellow Emily Grannis will make a presentation on taking advantage of this new system.
During the event, we would love to hear about a FOIA-driven project that helped you uncover something in your community. Equally, let’s share the struggles Virginia journalists are encountering with freedom of information requests.
Also, SPJ Secretary-Treasurer Paul Fletcher will offer a recap of action related to FOIA, public notice and other issues during the General Assembly session. For the past two sessions, Fletcher has monitored the legislature on behalf of our membership and citizens.
Our Sunshine Week event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 17 in the second-floor conference room at 707 E. Main St. in Richmond. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP with an e-mail to virginiaprospj@gmail.com so we have a head count for snacks.

Our friends at the Virginia Press Women host their spring conference soon in Farmville. Have a look!

Virginia Press Women: “Courage, One Step at a Time: Pursuing Professional Excellence and Equality for All.” That’s the theme of our Spring Conference, to be held April 4-5 in Farmville, Virginia. Farmville was ground zero for equality in American education. Sixty years ago this year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education (1954), a case that desegregated schools and had a 16-year-old Farmville girl at its roots. Barbara Rose Johns was that girl. She was a teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause. In 1951, witnessing unfair conditions at Moton High School, Barbara Johns walked out. It was the first public protest of its kind demanding racial equality in the U.S.—jumpstarting the American Civil Rights Movement. Come to the conference to learn more about segregation, massive resistance, the deciding case, and the crucial role of the news media in that struggle.

For more information, contact Ilsa Loeser  at cumberlandnews AT farmvilleherald.com

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