2016 George Mason Award Brunch

  SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter gathered by the James River for the 2016 George Mason Award Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 30. About two dozen members met at Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown to honor George Mason Award recipient Dave Ress. A reporter at The Daily Press and noted Virginia freedom of information and open government expert, … Continue reading 2016 George Mason Award Brunch

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The George Mason Award

Annually since 1964, the Society of Professional Journalists Virginia Pro Chapter gathers to honor a journalist or friend of journalism of exceptional character and dedication to the craft. The George 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 … Continue reading The George Mason Award

AP Day at the Capital to explore ethics, Medicaid expansion, energy

What does the future hold for lobbying and ethics in Virginia following the conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife? That’s one of the questions that panelists will explore at this year’s AP Day at the Capital on Dec. 3 at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. The annual event is a great way for reporters, … Continue reading AP Day at the Capital to explore ethics, Medicaid expansion, energy

What makes a Tweet retweetable? Workshop Oct. 30

What makes a Tweet retweetable? Virginia Professional Communicators - Northern District will hold a free, interactive workshop on the art of crafting a great tweet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg. Robyn Sidersky, Virginia Pro Chapter SPJ vice president, will lead the workshop. Attendees will match wits with an … Continue reading What makes a Tweet retweetable? Workshop Oct. 30

Code of Ethics talk tomorrow night in Richmond

As SPJ undertakes the process of revising the Code of Ethics, events this week remind us of the code's importance. As reported by Romenesko, a (student government-funded) student newspaper at the University of California Santa Barbara could have led coverage of the recent shooting spree, but instead the editors cited the code's call to minimize … Continue reading Code of Ethics talk tomorrow night in Richmond

State Board of Elections pushes back campaign finance report deadline

Despite opposition from journalism and open government groups, the Virginia State Board of Elections has pushed back the deadline for campaign finance reports to 11:59 p.m. The reports used to be due at 5 p.m. before complains from politicians. “While the change makes it easier for those who file, it makes it more difficult for … Continue reading State Board of Elections pushes back campaign finance report deadline