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, zoning … Continue reading Public notice bills: SPJVA works to protect right to know

Register by Wednesday, Nov. 28, for AP Day at the Capitol

The agenda for 2012’s AP Day at the Capitol is complete: the Dec. 6 program features a talk with U.S. Sen.-elect Tim Kaine, lunch with Gov. Bob McDonnell and panel discussions on uranium mining, state and national elections and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. AP Day is organized by Virginia AP Managing Editors, the Virginia … Continue reading Register by Wednesday, Nov. 28, for AP Day at the Capitol

Elimination of physical quorum rule proposed

The FOIA Council subcommittee is considering whether to recommend eliminating the requirement that state or local bodies have a quorum physically present when doing business. Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said that her group opposes the proposed change. Current FOIA rules say state agencies must have a quorum in … Continue reading Elimination of physical quorum rule proposed

DC lawyer to head Reporters C’tee for Freedom of the Press

Bruce D. Brown, a former journalist and partner with the D.C. office of Baker & Hotstetler, has been named as the new executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, according the RCFP website.He succeeds Lucy A. Dalglish, who spent 12 years in the post and is the new dean at the … Continue reading DC lawyer to head Reporters C’tee for Freedom of the Press

Winchester reporter’s death being investigated as a homicide

http://www.winchesterstar.com/breaking_events/view/338

Winchester police have confirmed that the death of Winchester Star reporter Sarah L. Greenhalgh, 48, was a homicide, report the Star.

Greenhalgh's body was found yesterday when her rented house was in flames. Authorities aren't commenting on the investigation, including a motive for her death, whether she died from the fire or other injuries or why they think her death was not accidental.

Access Across America II visits Richmond 7/12

Five experts in freedom of information are traveling the country this summer as part of Access Across America II, providing SPJ pro chapters and newsrooms a special session on accessing public records, including great ideas for record-based stories, effective requests, and how to use tactical strategies to overcome denials and exorbitant copy fees. Charles Davis, … Continue reading Access Across America II visits Richmond 7/12

Studio SPJ: Talking with SDX Winner Corinne Reilly of The Virginian-Pilot

Join Studio SPJ producer Holly Fisher as she talks with Corinne Reilly of The Virginian-Pilot about her 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award-winning piece “A Chance in Hell,” a story of the daily life of U.S. military medics in Afghanistan. The program will air this morning, June 25, at 11:00 a.m. Read Reilly’s story at http://spj.org/sdxa11.asp. … Continue reading Studio SPJ: Talking with SDX Winner Corinne Reilly of The Virginian-Pilot