You probably already knew you belong to (or should join!) one of the best SPJ local chapters in America. During the Excellence in Journalism Conference, SPJVA was honored as the best small chapter (75 members or fewer).
Small chapter: Virginia Pro
The chapter held a total of 10 programs last year, going the extra mile by helping local members understand journalism issues affecting their territory, actively defending freedom of information and working with campus chapters to encourage excellence in journalism.
The chapter took to the halls of the Virginia legislature, successfully opposing bills that would have ended the required newspaper publication of public notices. And, for the 51st year, the chapter awarded two cash scholarships. They also awarded grants to members of campus chapters in Virginia to cover the cost of registration to EIJ, which was a new activity for them this year.
Virginia Pro staged a daylong seminar in conjunction with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies teaching nonprofits about the information news editors and reporters. In addition, they held a public wreath-laying ceremony at the George Mason Memorial, followed by a program to honor the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.
Naturally, we’re going to celebrate soon! Watch this website for details.