SPJVPA16: Getting ready for drones to take off

By Marhesha Maldonado Unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, could be very beneficial to journalists covering storm damage, traffic accidents, fires and other stories. But the technology also raises important legal, safety and ethical issues. That was the gist of a panel discussion at the VPA/SPJ Region 2 Conference held Saturday (April 9) at Short … Continue reading SPJVPA16: Getting ready for drones to take off

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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

SPJVPA16: How to engage your community online

By Margaret Carmel Before the internet, readers and viewers had no way to interact with the journalists who brought them the news. But today, social media enables journalists to connect with their audiences for a variety of purposes. From gathering sources and building a personal brand to communicating with consumers, it has become an essential … Continue reading SPJVPA16: How to engage your community online

SPJVPA16: Pros offer tips for editing copy

By Janeal Downs A good news story means more than presenting information as an inverted pyramid and applying AP style. In today’s newsrooms, reporters also must be copy editors and turn in articles that are as ready for publication as possible. At the VPA/SPJ Region 2 Conference, two experienced editors offered advice on how journalists … Continue reading SPJVPA16: Pros offer tips for editing copy

SPJVPA16: Editors optimistic about journalism’s future

By Diana DiGangi In a panel at the VPA/SPJ Region 2 Conference, newspaper editors Paige Mudd and Steve Gunn had an inspiring message for the journalists in the audience: Journalism is changing, but it’s not necessarily dying. Mudd is the top editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Gunn holds the corresponding position at The Virginian-Pilot. Gunn said … Continue reading SPJVPA16: Editors optimistic about journalism’s future

SPJVPA16: So you want to be an international reporter?

By Janeal Downs From taking adventurous trips to the grocery store in China to covering the ravages of war in Afghanistan, top journalists shared their experiences as international reporters during a panel at the VPA/SPJ Region 2 Conference. David Lynch, a correspondent in the Washington bureau of the Financial Times, and Paul Wiseman, an international … Continue reading SPJVPA16: So you want to be an international reporter?

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?