Statement supporting journalists covering protests

The Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists expresses its support of reporters and other news personnel covering local protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other recent killings of African Americans. It is critical for journalists to bear witness and document important events in their communities. … Continue reading Statement supporting journalists covering protests

Video of online discussion about COVID-19

A panel of media professionals discussed the pandemic's impact on news organizations and journalists during an hourlong online event hosted by SPJ Virginia Pro on May 27. https://youtu.be/-1i1EPzbAH4 The discussion was moderated by Marisa Porto, executive in residence at Hampton University, former publisher and editor-in-chief for the Daily Press Media Group and co-host of We … Continue reading Video of online discussion about COVID-19

SPJVA hosting free webinar on pandemic’s impact on Virginia media

The Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Professional Chapter, will hold a free webinar on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. on how Virginia media professionals are handling the COVID-19 pandemic — both personally and professionally. Our guest speakers include Terry Beigie, editor of the Greene County Record in Stanardsville; Sara Gregory, reporter at the Virginian-Pilot … Continue reading SPJVA hosting free webinar on pandemic’s impact on Virginia media

SPJVA accepting nominations for 2020 George Mason Award

The Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, seeks nominations for its 55th George Mason Award, to be presented in fall 2020. The annual award recognizes a person in Virginia who has done something extraordinary for journalism and the public: reporting and writing that has righted a wrong, caused a sea change in attitudes, changed … Continue reading SPJVA accepting nominations for 2020 George Mason Award

SPJVA board condemns actions of Liberty University in seeking arrest warrants for journalists

The board of the SPJ Virginia Pro chapter condemns the actions of Liberty University in seeking arrest warrants for journalists involved in covering the partial reopening of Liberty’s campus in Lynchburg, Va., amid the coronavirus pandemic. Attempts to charge Julia Rendleman, a freelance photographer for The New York Times, and Alec MacGillis, a ProPublica reporter, … Continue reading SPJVA board condemns actions of Liberty University in seeking arrest warrants for journalists