This Week in Richmond - features Ginger Stanley, VPA Executive Director

VPA's executive director, Ginger Stanley, was a guest on the June 17, 2016, edition of This Week in Richmond, hosted by David Bailey.

A Free Press Threatened - Statement from the Virginia Press Association

June 20, 2016

A free press has been the foundation of our democracy since the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1791. Yet, after 225 years, Americans may be taking it for granted. Donald Trump’s recent action “revoking” the Washington Post’s access to his campaign should remind us that the First Amendment is often under threat.

The founders of our nation created a democracy ruled by the people. They knew a strong democracy is an informed democracy.

News Messenger, Radford News Journal purchased by Mountain Media

From: News Messenger

Mountain Media, a Lewisburg, West Virginia-based community newspaper company, has purchased the assets of Montgomery Publishing, which includes the News Messenger, Radford News Journal and four other community newspapers in Southwest Virginia.

Tribune Publishing renames itself Tronc as its dispute with Gannett continues

From: Los Angeles Times
The owner of the Los Angeles Times has a new name and a newly elected board, but it’s still dealing with some old business: dissatisfaction from some shareholders with its decision to spurn a buyout offer from rival Gannett Co.

VPA to welcome new executive director

RICHMOND — As of 9 a.m. this morning, the Virginia Press Association Board of Directors has officially hired Betsy Edwards of Louisa, Va., as VPA’s new executive director.

Edwards was most recently Director of Communications for ChildFund International.

Previously she has served as Director of Development with Preservation Virginia and ACLU-Virginia; executive director for the Virginia Fair Trial Project; and marketing/public relations editor and writer for McGuire Woods LLP.

Tribune Publishing rejects Gannett’s takeover bid

From Poynter
By: Benjamin Mullin

Tribune Publishing on Wednesday announced its board unanimously rejected an $815 million acquisition offer from the newspaper company Gannett.

In its letter to Gannett, Tribune Publishing says the acquisition bid "understates the Company’s true value and is not in the best interests of its shareholders."

Lachniet named publisher of The Free Lance-Star

From: The Free Lance-Star

BH Media executive Dale Lachniet has been named publisher of The Free Lance-Star and vice president of BH Media's Eastern Community Group.

Lachniet, 52, has been the vice president of operations for BH Media, overseeing the company's Publishing Solutions Group, including the customer information systems team, and The Press of Atlantic City (New Jersey).

The Eastern Community Group includes The Free Lance-Star, the Press of Atlantic City and the Morning News in Florence, S.C.

Steve McMillan named AP's Mid-Atlantic news editor

From: Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Steve McMillan, news editor for The Associated Press in Virginia and West Virginia, has been named Mid-Atlantic news editor, overseeing a newly expanded region as part of a realignment of several AP regions.
The appointment was announced Thursday by interim South Editor Ravi Nessman, who oversees 13 southeastern states plus the District of Columbia.

2016 Conference Photo Albums Posted

Photos taken at the conference by VPA staff member Adriane Long are available on Photos from sessions, meals and red carpet.

Virginian of the Year Banquet  

Conference Sessions  

Saturday Banquet  

So you want to be an international reporter?

By Janeal Downs - VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media & Culture


Professional Development