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. TheyContinue 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 essentialContinue 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 journalistsContinue 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 saidContinue reading “SPJVPA16: Editors optimistic about journalism’s future”