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Masonstatue2Join the Society of Professional Journalists Virginia Pro Chapter in celebrating George Mason’s 290th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Born in what is today Fairfax County on Dec. 11, 1725, Mason helped frame the Virginia Constitution and in 1776 wrote its Declaration of Rights, the forerunner of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

Mason recognized the importance of a press unrestricted by the government, including in the Declaration of Rights “[t]hat the freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.”

SPJVA will honor Mason with an event at the George Mason Memorial in Washington, D.C. at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12  followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant.

We’ve invited other SPJ Chapters from the region to join us from around Virginia, D.C. and Maryland – students and professionals alike. This celebration isn’t just for journalists though, it’s for anyone who values the freedom of the press and Mason’s contribution to history. We’re looking forward not only to a great time honoring Mason, but a great time getting to know each other.

SPJVA will coordinate carpooling in the D.C. area for anyone who wants to attend. More information will be announced at a later date.

In order to finalize some details, we need your help. If you’re interested in attending, please fill out the form below. Even if you’re still considering or can’t attend, we’d still love to have an RSVP from you for planning purposes.

Please send any questions to chapter president Robyn Sidersky (rsidersky@freelancestar.com) or programming chair Jordan Fifer (jordanfifer@gmail.com).

We can’t wait to see you!

 

 

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The SPJ Virginia Pro chapter is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Region 2 conference during spring 2011. The annual conference brings student and professional journalists from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C. together for a day of workshops, and to honor student journalists at the Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon.

The chapter board is excited to begin planning the programs and activities, and we need your help developing the program. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please contact Nicole McMullin at 804-852-0030 or email.

In addition the regional conference, the board is beginning work on other programs and projects and needs your input. Below is a list of topics that we will be working on this year. If you are interested in helping with any topic, whether by offering suggestions or getting involved in planning, please let us know.

  • Member recruitment and retention
  • Programming: diversity
  • Programming: FOIA
  • Programming: ethics
  • Programming: project watchdog
  • Service project
  • Other professional development
  • Chapter fundraising
  • Chapter communications

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