SPJVPA16: The state of open government in Virginia

By Matt Chaney A panel of FOIA experts expressed mixed opinions about the state of open government in Virginia at the VPA/SPJ Region 2 Conference on Saturday (April 9). The panelists said that while gains have been made for transparency, much remains to be done to hold government officials on all levels more accountable. They … Continue reading SPJVPA16: The state of open government in Virginia

Who’s speaking at the SPJ/VPA Conference?

We're excited to announce the full line up of panels and workshops for the Virginia Press Association/Society of Professional Journalists Conference April 8-9 in Short Pump, Va. The following programming is included with the purchase of a ticket through SPJ. You can purchase tickets here. Friday Activities 2-4:30 p.m. Job/Internship Fair featuring representatives from The Daily … Continue reading Who’s speaking at the SPJ/VPA Conference?

Open government conference to be held in Fredericksburg

The Virginia Coalition for Open Government will hold its annual conference in Fredericksburg on Nov. 12. It's a day full of workshops and panels on topics related to open government in Virginia. This year's topics include: Data collection, body cams and privacy The 2015 Virginia elections and what they mean for open government in the … Continue reading Open government conference to be held in Fredericksburg

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

Sunshine Week program rescheduled, date TBA

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather in Richmond and areas north, we are working on a new date for tonight's Sunshine Week event. Thanks for you patience, and we'll update as soon as we have new details. - Pat Kane In celebration of Sunshine Week 2014, SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter members and friends are invited to … Continue reading Sunshine Week program rescheduled, date TBA

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 failed … Continue reading Public notice bill fails

Registration Open for AP Day at the Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 4

SPJ members are invited to hear from the governor-elect and also question experts about the Affordable Care Act and other health care issues at this year’s Virginia AP Day at the Capital, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe is confirmed as our lunch speaker. We’ll also have a panel … Continue reading Registration Open for AP Day at the Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 4