Webinar examines new laws affecting news media

How will legislation passed by the 2021 General Assembly affect Virginia news organizations and journalists? That was the focus of a webinar held April 15 by the SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter, the Virginia Press Association and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government.

The online event covered laws involving law enforcement records, the Freedom of Information Act, electronic meetings, public notices and other issues relevant to the news media. Speakers included:

  • Megan Rhyne, executive director of VCOG
  • Aimee Perron Seibert and Mark Hickman of Commonwealth Strategy Group, VPA’s government affairs team

John Hopkins, who chairs the FOIA Committee for the SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter, moderated the discussion.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

SPJ is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.

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