Public notice bill fails

House Bill 95, which would have stripped public notices from newspapers and shifted them to local government websites, died in subcommittee this morning. The bill, filed by Del. Chris Head, R-Roanoke, was opposed by the Virginia Press Association and SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter as a matter of the public’s right to know. The bill failedContinue reading “Public notice bill fails”

Free Lance-Star files for bankruptcy

The owners of The Free Lance-Star have filed for bankruptcy, the newspaper reported this morning. “The filing isn’t expected to have any immediate effect on the company’s employees, customers, advertisers or vendors,” FLS Publisher Nick Cadwallender said. The bankruptcy comes after the newspaper was unable to meet demands of a $50.8 million loan, taken outContinue reading “Free Lance-Star files for bankruptcy”

Happy New Year

January 2, 2014 Agenda 1) Jeff South – Approval of the October meeting minutes 2) Mary Ellin Arch – Treasurer’s Report 3) Appointment of a temporary secretary to serve during Jeff South’s Fullbright Scholarship, which begins January 15. Rachel DePompa has volunteered. 4) Report from Paul Fletcher on rescheduling the George Mason Birthday celebration atContinue reading “Happy New Year”

Recalling a Great 2013!

SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter members and friends, As the year winds down, I wanted to send a recap of all the accomplishments YOU helped us achieve this year. In January, President Paul Fletcher lined up with the Virginia Press Association and Virginia Coalition for Open Government during the General Assembly session. He helped outline ourContinue reading “Recalling a Great 2013!”

SPJVA Presents Inaugural College Media Day

Collegiate Journalists from around the state gathered at The Richmond Times-Dispatch Saturday for the inaugural College Media Day presented by the Virginia Pro Chapter of SPJ. About 40 students turned out to hear workshops and panels about landing jobs and internships, social media, the Freedom of Information Act, column writing, data journalism, photography, how toContinue reading “SPJVA Presents Inaugural College Media Day”