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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT
: Robyn Sidersky
President, Virginia Pro Chapter SPJ
Phone: (954) 296-4407
Email: robyn.sidersky@gmail.com
www.spjva.com

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Ress to Receive 2016 George Mason Award

 

RICHMOND, VA – (Oct 12, 2016) – Dave Ress, an investigative reporter with The Daily Press (Newport News), has been selected as recipient of the 2016 George Mason Award by the Virginia Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists.

The Mason award, established in 1964, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism. It is named for the principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the forerunner of the Bill of Rights.

Ress will be honored during a luncheon Sunday, Oct. 30 at Riverwalk Restaurant, 323 Water St., Suite 1-A, Yorktown. Ticket information will be available soon at www.spjva.com.

Ress has spent more than two decades in Virginia newsrooms. His efforts to press lawmakers and public officials on public information, records and transparency issues is matched by his willingness to share what he has learned.

“His extensive knowledge of FOIA has been invaluable in his job for The Daily Press – but even more invaluable is David’s willingness to share this knowledge with reporters across the Commonwealth,” wrote Betsy Edwards in her nomination letter. “His commitment to open government will make a real difference in how the Freedom of Information Act in Virginia is applied in years to come.”

Past recipients of the award include journalists, educators, attorneys and others who have made lasting impacts in Virginia. Recent recipients and more information are available at https://spjva.com/2015/02/01/the-george-mason-award/.

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The Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, seeks nominations for its 53rd George Mason Award, to be presented in September 2016.

The annual award recognizes a person in Virginia has done something extraordinary for journalism and the public: reporting and writing that has righted a wrong, caused a sea change in attitudes, changed a law, started a watchdog group that exposed violation of the public trust, defended a reporter or news organization from unjust persecution, forced a reluctant government to make the people’s business public, mentored young reporters who went on to outstanding careers, or some other specific, noteworthy accomplishment.

Past winners have included reporters, columnists, editorial writers, publishers, broadcast station owners, attorneys, directors of public interest organizations and professional development associations, among others. They have worked for organizations large and small.

SPJ Virginia Pro named the award for Mason, Virginia’s “forgotten founding father,” because he risked lifelong friendships and personal fortune by insisting that the fledgling United States protect freedom of the press and the other civil liberties by enacting a Bill of Rights. He was born in Fairfax County in 1725, helped frame the Virginia Constitution and in 1776 wrote its Declaration of Rights, the first authoritative formulation of the doctrine of inalienable rights. Mason’s work influenced Thomas Jefferson in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

The chapter has presented the George Mason Award annually since 1964 to journalists and others who have supported freedom of the press and made significant contributions to Virginia journalism. It expresses the esteem of SPJ members, who are committed to ethics, freedom of information, education and legal defense of reporters in the practice of journalism. The award plaque carries Mason’s conviction regarding the role of the press: “Freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of Liberty and can never be restrained but by despotick governments.”

Nominations should be made in letter form, complete with reference to supporting information, to the chapter’s George Mason Committee chair, Robyn Sidersky and sent to robyn.sidersky@gmail.com.

Deadline for nominations is June 30, 2016.

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Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 14, 2014

Contact: Chapter VP Robyn Sidersky, 954-296-4407, or robyn.sidersky@gmail.com

BROWN TO RECEIVE 2013 GEORGE MASON AWARD

Richmond Times-Dispatch photojournalist Bob Brown has been selected as recipient of the 2014 George Mason Award, given by the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter.

The Mason award, established in 1964, is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism. It is named for the principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the forerunner of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution.

Brown is known, among other things, as the dean of photographers covering the General Assembly, starting in 1970. He joined the Times-Dispatch in 1968, and except for a brief stint in Charlotte from 1979-80, has been at the newspaper ever since. He was named senior photographer in 1992.

He was voted Virginia Press Photographer of the Year three times, and he has won numerous national, regional and state first-place awards. In 2005, he was the first photojournalist inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

Brown is the author of two books, “Capitol Comics, a Humorous Look at the Virginia Legislature” (1984), and “Back Roads: People, Places, and Pie from Around Virginia” (2014), which he coauthored with Times-Dispatch columnist Bill Lohmann.

SPJVA will present the Mason award to Brown at its 51st George Mason Banquet on Sept.16 at the Capital Ale House in Richmond. The chapter and its Virginia SPJ,SDX Educational Foundation will also present two scholarships to Virginia college journalists. Tickets are $50 a person, which includes two drink tickets. There will be a silent auction benefiting the scholarship foundation.

For reservations and information, contact Robyn Sidersky at 954-296-4407 or robyn.sidersky@gmail.com.

 

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Now is the time for all good Virginia Pro Chapter members to come to the aid of their foundation.

We need your stuff.

Your good stuff, that is, for a silent auction starting at 6 p.m. during the hospitality hour of the George Mason Banquet Tuesday, June 18.  Proceeds benefit the Virginia SPJ/SDX Educational Foundation, which awards scholarships to undergraduates studying for careers in the news media.

The success of the auction depends on you. Donations to prior auctions have included a 1940 Royal portable typewriter, historic newspapers, CNN reporter apparel and  framed original cartoons.  In addition to journalism memorabilia, popular items include college logo items and tickets to sporting events.  (Actually we’ll take almost anything that doesn’t require immediate refrigeration.)

And, of course, we want you to buy this stuff at the banquet – no, not your own stuff, somebody else’s.  Remember, it’s for a good cause.

If you have treasures to donate, please contact Gail Gilmore at 804-379-5493 or gpgilmore at aol.com.

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RICHMOND, Va. – Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist and reporter, has been selected the winner of the 2010 George Mason Award, given annually by the statewide chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for significant, lasting contributions to Virginia journalism.

Williams’ reporting and columns about minority issues in central Virginia have given voice to, and focused attention on, an often-overlooked part of the community, earning him a steady flow of passionate reader response.

“Williams has demonstrated courage in reporting news and publishing his opinions despite death threats and hate mail,” said Brian Eckert, chair of the chapter’s award nomination committee. “His passion for, and dedication to, journalism are undimmed.”

“Williams gives Richmond and all of Virginia a look at itself through the eyes of its minorities and downtrodden. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we believe his work reflects George Mason’s principles in a timely and meaningful manner,” Eckert said.

SPJ’s Virginia Professional Chapter named the award for Mason because he risked lifelong friendships and personal fortune insisting that the fledgling United States protect freedom of the press and the other civil liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights.

Mason wrote “that the freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotick [sic] government.”

Williams, a Richmond native and Virginia Union University graduate, will receive the 47th annual Mason award during a banquet in his honor June 29 at The 2300 Club. For ticket information and reservations, contact Brian Eckert at 804-287-6659 or email.

Also at the banquet, the chapter’s educational foundation will present scholarships to Roanoke resident Katie Thisdell of James Madison University and Mechanicsville resident Fred Shaia of the University of Richmond for excellence in college journalism.

The foundation has given more than 75 journalism scholarships since 1971 to students attending an accredited Virginia college or university.

Bonnie Newman Davis, a mass communications professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and member of the Virginia Pro Chapter board of directors, nominated Williams for the award. He was recommended from a field of five nominees by a selection committee of chapter past presidents including: Jim Mann, retired associate managing editor of The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg and 2005 Mason award winner; Louise Seals, retired managing editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch; and Eckert, SPJ’s regional director and media-public relations director at the University of Richmond. The chapter’s 13-member board of directors ratified Williams’ selection.

SPJ, the largest journalism professional organization in the country, promotes high standards and ethical practice of journalism, freedom of information, legal defense of reporters, journalism education and newsroom diversity.

Contact Nicole McMullin, chapter president, for more information.

Correction: We previously stated the incorrect number of board members. This post has been updated.

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Please join us on Tuesday, June 29 for our annual George Mason Award Dinner and Celebration.  We’ll honor the chapter’s George Mason Award recipient and the Foundation’s two college scholarship winners.

Elections for the Virginia Pro chapter’s 2010-2011 officers and Board of Directors will take place as well.

The event will be held at The 2300 Club in historic Church Hill in Richmond. We had a great time there last year and look forward to enjoying the garden, menu and comfortable home again.

Tickets are $55 each and include a program, hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets and dinner. An additional ticket option is available for those wishing to contribute to the Virginia Pro chapter. Program Patron tickets are available for $85 each. All payments will be taken at the door.

Contact Brian Eckert, chair of the planning committee, to reserve your seats. He can be reached by email or by calling 804-287-6659. The deadline to confirm your reservation is Tuesday, June 15.

We hope to see and your guests at the dinner.

What: Virginia Pro’s Annual George Mason Award Dinner and Celebration
When: Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: The 2300 Club in Historic Church Hill, 2220 E. Grace St., Richmond


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The Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, seeks nominations for its George Mason Award, presented annually since 1964 to journalists and others who have supported freedom of the press and made significant contributions to Virginia journalism.

The award expresses the esteem of SPJ members, who are committed to ethics, freedom of information, education and legal defense of reporters in the practice of journalism.

The award plaque carries Mason’s conviction regarding the role of the press: “Freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of Liberty and can never be restrained but by despotick governments.”

Previous recipients have included Alf Goodykoontz, Charles S. Rowe, Guy Friddell, George Crutchfield, Bob Gallimore, Frosty Landon, Ed Jones, Ginger Stanley, Jerry Finch, John Edwards and others.

Please send detailed nominations in letter form to: Brian Eckert, Nominations Chair, SPJ-Virginia Pro Chapter. E-mail beckert@richmond.edu; fax 804-287-6491. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 28, 2010.

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