Silent auction items to benefit SPJ’s Legal Defense Fund

Virginia SPJ Pro members yesterday received an e-mail from Brian Eckert, Region 2 Director, in regards donating items for the silent auction at our upcoming regional conference. The auction benefits SPJ's Legal Defense Fund.

George Mason Award Recipient Margie Fisher Dies at 73

Margie Fisher began her career at the Roanoke Times in the 1950s and went on to cover Virginia politics and write editorials for the southwest Virginia newspaper. In 2000 she was the recipient of the SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter's George Mason Award, given annually to honor an individual's contribution to Virginia journalism. Read more about … Continue reading George Mason Award Recipient Margie Fisher Dies at 73

2010 Scholarship Applications Available

It's scholarship time and we're delighted to be awarding two $2,000 scholarships again this year. Applications are now available for the 2010 journalism scholarships from the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter and Virginia SPJ, SDX Educational Foundation. The deadline to return completed applications is April 1, 2010 and winners will be notified by April … Continue reading 2010 Scholarship Applications Available

Lost and Found: A Web Site Update

One of the marvels of the Internet is the ability for anyone to create a Web site, blog or social profile without any knowledge how the programming actually works. My hat goes off to the programmers who make this happen. You, my coding friends, make the rest of us look and feel smart, at least until we break it and have to call or e-mail for support. A side effect of the self-publishing phenomena is that sometimes those Web sites, blogs and social profiles that we labor to create are left to flounder on their own in a sea of similar online spaces. Anyone looked up their Friendster profile lately? Ever write a blog for a class? It may still be out there, too. The SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter has a few disjointed online spaces as well, but we’re merging them into a few key links. Please bookmark the links listed below, and if there’s an older page or profile live on the Web that we missed please forward the link and let us know. Web site In the coming days our old Web site will redirect to The First Word, the blog for the Virginia Pro Chapter. This will be the main Web site for the Virginia Pro chapter. Not only will this be your resource for chapter news and information, and interesting stories and links from contributors, the blog site will be further developed to include more resources and information to help you in your career. (There are also a few design tweaks that need to be made.) Be on the lookout for the changes, and in the meantime you can keep up to date with what’s going on right here.