SPJVPA16: ‘Disturb the Peace and Get it Done,’ Post Reporter Tells Journalists

By Matt Chaney Rees Shapiro, the keynote speaker at the SPJ Region 2 Spring Conference, advised journalists to get out of the office, report from the ground and talk to people face to face. Shapiro, an education reporter for The Washington Post, emphasized how getting out, going places and relating to people on a personal … Continue reading SPJVPA16: ‘Disturb the Peace and Get it Done,’ Post Reporter Tells Journalists

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SPJVPA16: Case study in tragedy: WDBJ

By Alyssa Sims “Don’t listen to what we have to say here and be afraid,” Kelly Zuber, news director of WDBJ in Roanoke, told a mix of veteran journalists and journalism students attending the VPA/SPJ joint conference on Saturday (April 9). Zuber spoke at a panel about the impact that the shooting of WDBJ reporter … Continue reading SPJVPA16: Case study in tragedy: WDBJ

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