2021-2022 annual report recaps a year of distinctive programming

We’re proud of the programming presented in the past year recapped from our annual report.

  1. June 8, 2022 – Publicized and added SPJ VA’s name as a co-sponsor to the first of two events on journalism organized by the Virginia Humanities on the critical role of local journalism to a democracy. https://spjva.com/2021/06/09/the-future-of-journalism-the-fate-of-democracy-part1/
  2. June 17, 2022 – SPJ VA and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government held a webinar on how to access police records under a new law. https://spjva.com/2021/06/17/webinar-explains-how-to-access-police-records-under-new-law/
  3. June 22. 2022 – Publicized and added SPJ VA’s name as a co-sponsor to the second of two events on journalism organized by the Virginia Humanities on the critical role of local journalism to a democracy. https://spjva.com/2021/06/25/the-future-of-journalism-the-fate-of-democracy-part2/
  4. Dec. 11, 2021 – Marked the birthday of George Mason, the principal author of the first Amendment and the Bill of Rights, at his ancestral home, Gunston Hall to lay a wreath at his gravesite and hear from curators about artifacts that reveal facts about Mason’s life as well as the hundreds of people enslaved at the property. Event occurred together with the Washington, D.C. SPJ chapter https://spjva.com/2021/11/26/celebrate-george-masons-birthday-with-us/
  5. Feb. 3, 2022 – Held the 2020 George Mason Award (that was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic) honoring Jean Patterson Boone, publisher of the Richmond Free Press and her late husband, Ray Boone, who founded the award-winning Black owned weekly, in partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth University Society of Professional Journalists student chapter here in Richmond, Virginia. While the event had to be streamed due to health concerns, approximately 60 tickets were sold for the night of the event and the video has been streamed 245 times since. A local Richmond museum is using the video of the event where Mrs. Boone speaks about her life in an exhibit this summer about the Richmond Free Press’ photojournalism. https://spjva.com/2021/12/31/george-mason-award-ceremony-on-feb-3/
  6. April 8 & 9, 2022 – SPJ VA leaders help organize and attend the SPJ Regional hybrid Conference in Roanoke Virginia  https://spjva.com/2022/03/13/attend-spj-regional-conference-on-april-8-9-in-roanoke/
  7. April 9, 2022 – 2021 George Mason Award event in Roanoke Virginia honoring Beth Macy, longtime journalist and author of Dopesick. In person and streaming.
  8. May 17, 2022 – Partnered with the Richmond Public Library to publicize a streaming panel: “What makes a fact true: local journalism and American Democracyl”
  9. May 24, 2022 – Partnered with the Richmond-based group James River Writers to publicize a journalism-focused streaming panel: “The role of local journalism in a healthy democracy: An Advocacy Panel Discussion.”
  10. June 1, 2022 – SPJ VA secretary Brett Hall, together with Jamie Bastas, current PIO for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Department and longtime Hampton Roads Media Council co-chair, led an off-the-record event with 50 people to introduce everyone and address issues, as well as chart a new way forward.  Attendees included PIOs for agencies across the region. PIOs for school districts, commonwealths’ attorneys, city managers, police chiefs, VDOT, Dominion Energy, FBI, etc. We were a little lighter on journalists but hope to only improve things as the word gets out. 
  11.  June 8, 2022 – Partnered with the Richmond International Film Festival to promote Richmond, Virginia-focused documentaries on SPJ VA’s social media. SPJ VA VP Elliott Robinson emceed the stunning documentary on The James River

Do you have a programming idea or want to help with programming in 2022-2023? Email chapter president Dina Weinstein to volunteer to chair the SPJ VA programming committee or to let her know you want to help.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

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