Registration Open for AP Day at the Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 4

SPJ members are invited to hear from the governor-elect and also question experts about the Affordable Care Act and other health care issues at this year’s Virginia AP Day at the Capital, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe is confirmed as our lunch speaker. We’ll also have a panel on health care that will discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Virginia. For the remainder of the day, we’ll hear about Ethics/Disclosure and about FOIA.

The day-long session is sponsored by Virginia AP Managing Editors, the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association and the Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Special thanks to the Richmond Times-Dispatch for agreeing to host the event this year.

Registration for AP Day at the Capitol costs just $15 a person and includes lunch. The Times-Dispatch, located at 300 E. Franklin St., will provide parking free of charge. To register for this event, email Marylean Miller at Please provide her with the following information:

·         The name of your paper
·         The names and titles of those attending
·         Whether any attendees have dietary restrictions

Checks should be made payable to Virginia AP Newspapers. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 29.

AP Day at the Capital – 2013 agenda

9 – 9:30 a.m. — registration and coffee
9:30 – 11 a.m. —  Ethics/Disclosure
Moderator:  Bob Holsworth, managing partner at DecideSmart
·         Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government
·         Del. Robert Marshall, R-Prince William County
·         Nicholas Kusnetz, reporter for the Center for Public Integrity
·         Rosalind Helderman, Congress and politics reporter for The Washington Post

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – FOIA
Moderator: Dick Hammerstrom, local news editor, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
·         Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government
·         Maria Everett, senior attorney, Virginia Division of Legislative Services
·         Ginger Stanley, executive director, Virginia Press Association

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch with Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. – Health care
Moderator: Michael Martz of the Richmond Times-Dispatch
·         Doug Gray, executive director, Virginia Association of Health Plans
·         Sen. Emmett Hanger, chairman of the Medicaid and Innovate and Reform Commission
·         Another panelist or panelists still to be confirmed

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

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