Virginia students bring home five national MOE awards

Students at four Virginia universities won five national first-place awards in the 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards, announced today by the Society of Professional Journalists. The competition honors work that was published or broadcast during 2012. Three schools won their MOE awards in the newspaper category: Breaking News Reporting, Small School Division National Winner: “UVa-WiseContinue reading “Virginia students bring home five national MOE awards”

Virginia high court to weigh cameras in the courtroom

The Supreme Court of Virginia has taken up a case that could resolve some inconsistencies in the commonwealth’s cameras-in-the-courtroom statute. One part of the law says cameras come in only if the judge lets them and another passage indicates they come in unless the judge can state a good reason not to allow them. SPJContinue reading “Virginia high court to weigh cameras in the courtroom”

VPW announces 2013 contest winners

The winners of the 2013 Virginia Press Women Communications Contest were announced last Saturday at VPW’s spring conference, held April 13 in Lexington. Forty-one individuals received 148 awards (57 first place, 45 second place, 25 third place and 21 honorable mention) in the competition. Categories such as newspaper writing, public relations, advertising, photo journalism, InternetContinue reading “VPW announces 2013 contest winners”

SPJVA gives Tech students tips on getting that first job

BLACKSBURG—SPJVA chapter members Cara Modisett of Roanoke and Brian Eckert of Richmond gave a program on finding the first job in journalist to the Virginia Tech campus chapter Oct. 28. They advised the 16 Tech chapter members that journalism is a “show ’em what you can do” profession. To stand out from the crowd ofContinue reading “SPJVA gives Tech students tips on getting that first job”

Public notice bills: SPJVA works to protect right to know

The Virginia Pro chapter of SPJ was active during the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly, working to defeat public notice legislation that would curtail the public’s right to know. The Code of Virginia requires the publication of public notices for a number of government activities, including requests for proposals for building projects, zoningContinue reading “Public notice bills: SPJVA works to protect right to know”