Posted in Updates, tagged Chapter development, SPJ on September 9, 2013 |
Registration is now open for the Region 2 Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, SPJ’s premiere leadership development program. Several of our chapter leaders have attended this event and benefited greatly from the training. The event will be held November 8-10 at the Richmond Omni.
Applications are due by Sept. 29.
The program was established in 1996 and is funded through a generous grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation. The Institute is named for Ted Scripps, grandson of the founder of The E.W. Scripps Company. Participants are responsible for their travel costs to and from the training, but lodging and meal costs are provided.
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Posted in Updates, tagged college media day, SPJ on August 21, 2013 |
One of the chapter’s objectives this year is to improve relations with the SPJ college chapters and college journalists throughout the state of Virginia.
As a direct result of that, we’re launching an event we hope will be a source of learning, networking and skill-building for the state’s budding journalists.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, we’ll host a College Media Day at The Richmond Times- Dispatch in downtown Richmond. The day will include panels and workshops put on by some of the state’s top journalists.
In addition, we’ll connect college journalists with reporters, editors and other pros for one-on-one critique sessions.
Mark the date on your calendar now and look for more information over the next few weeks.
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Posted in Updates, tagged FOI, FOIA, journalism, SPJ on June 19, 2013 |
The Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter honored a leading journalist during the 2013 George Mason Award Banquet Tuesday, June 18 at the University of Richmond.
Dick Hammerstrom of The Free Lance-Star received the George Mason Award for his relentless efforts in the arena of freedom of information.
Hammerstrom told the crowd of about 50 journalists that during his first job covering government, he and a colleague found out that the janitor emptied the city manager’s trash into a third-floor bathroom. Those discarded documents became a gateway to understand what was really going on in the city. Today, “Hammer” is noted as a go-to for FOI and a mentor to his newsroom and beyond.
Also during the event, which serves as the annual meeting of the chapter, two local students were honored with the Virginia SPJ, SDX Educational Foundation scholarships. Recipients are Mark Robinson, a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Katherin Johnson, also a rising senior at VCU.
A silent auction during the event raised more than $400 for the Virginia SPJ, SDX Educational Foundation.
In a surprise, Region 2 Director Brian Eckert received the George and Francine Crutchfield Distinguished Service Award from outgoing President Paul Fletcher and Francine Crutchfield. Eckert, who serves on SPJ’s national executive committee, is also a past president of the chapter and most recently served as treasurer.
Newly elected officers include President Pat Kane of The Progress-Index, Vice President Robyn Sidersky of The Free Lance-Star, Secretary Jeff South of VCU and Treasurer Mary Ellin Arch of TransUrban. New to the board of directors this year are Peter Vieth of Virginia Lawyers Weekly and Rachel DePompa of WWBT-TV NBC-12.
See more photos from the banquet on our Facebook page.
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Now is the time for all good Virginia Pro Chapter members to come to the aid of their foundation.
We need your stuff.
Your good stuff, that is, for a silent auction starting at 6 p.m. during the hospitality hour of the George Mason Banquet Tuesday, June 18. Proceeds benefit the Virginia SPJ/SDX Educational Foundation, which awards scholarships to undergraduates studying for careers in the news media.
The success of the auction depends on you. Donations to prior auctions have included a 1940 Royal portable typewriter, historic newspapers, CNN reporter apparel and framed original cartoons. In addition to journalism memorabilia, popular items include college logo items and tickets to sporting events. (Actually we’ll take almost anything that doesn’t require immediate refrigeration.)
And, of course, we want you to buy this stuff at the banquet – no, not your own stuff, somebody else’s. Remember, it’s for a good cause.
If you have treasures to donate, please contact Gail Gilmore at 804-379-5493 or gpgilmore at aol.com.
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Dick Hammerstrom, local news editor for The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, has been selected as recipient of the 2013 George Mason Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter.
The Mason award, established in 1964, is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism. Hammerstrom has worked for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina and been an editor with The Free Lance-Star since 1997.
Journalists throughout the state know Hammerstrom as the go-to guy for Freedom of Information Act and open government issues. He also helps promote better access to courtrooms and court-record laws for journalists and the public around the state. He has been the chairman of the Virginia Press Association’s FOI Committee for more than a decade and involved in open government issues since the 1980s. He also served as vice president of the Virginia Co- alition for Open Government and as Virginia’s Sunshine Chairman for the Society of Professional Journalists.
Hammerstrom has conducted training sessions on press law issues to journalism organizations, on college campuses and in The Free Lance-Star newsroom.
“Dick is a most worthy recipient of this award,” said Nick Cadwallender, publisher of The Free Lance-Star. “He is a recognized expert on FOIA law and has always been willing to share his knowledge, especially with young jour- nalists starting their careers.”
Ginger Stanley, executive director of the Virginia Press Association, said Hammerstrom is well known to what she referred to as “the access community.” Stanley has known Hammerstrom since the mid-1980s and said he “has put his heart and soul” into the open government cause.
She praised him for leadership of VPA’s efforts fighting for open government and better access laws and noted his work to with other open government advocates and law en- forcement officials to make police information more acces- sible to the public.
SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter will present the Mason award to Hammerstrom at its 50th George Mason Award Banquet on Tuesday, June 18 at University of Richmond. The chapter and its Virginia SPJ,SDX Educational Foundation will also present two scholarships to Virginia college journalists.
Tickets are $50 a person and include an open bar reception, silent auction, dinner and the program. Proceeds benefit the scholarship foundation. For reservations and information, contact Brian Eckert at (804) 287-6659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mason award is named for the Virginian who attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, but refused to sign the Constitution because it did not include a declaration of individual rights. The Bill of Rights, eventually added to the document, is based on the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written principally by Mason in 1776.
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