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 vpa.net. 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

Small paper, small city undergoing big changes in Virginia

Lynn Gore and Maria McKenna

Walter B. Potter Jr. | April 8, 2016
Potter Listening Tour 2.0 - RJI Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute Missouri School of Journalism

For a century, the Culpeper Star-Exponent — whose predecessors date to 1881 — served a small community that changed relatively little.

Getting ready for drones to take off

By Marhesha Maldonado
VCU - Richard T. Robertson School of Media & Culture

2 pros offer 10 tips for editing copy (including check the math)

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

Case study in tragedy: WDBJ

By Alyssa Sims
VCU - Richard T. Robertson School of Media & Culture


Professional Development

  • Workshop

    Community Journalism Workshop


    Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 2:00pm

    VPA is still accepting registrations for this workshop.

    Virginia Press Association's Community Journalism Workshop will be held  June 16 and 17. 

    Sessions are led by seasoned instructors and experienced editors: Lou Emerson of FauquierNow.Com, Anne Adams of The Recorder, Jeff Lester of The Coalfield Progress, Katrice Franklin Hardy of The Virginian-Pilot and Robyn Sidersky of The Virginian-Pilot.

  • Webinar

    Growing Your Online Presence Using Social Media


    Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:00am

    You don't have to be a big newspaper to make social media work for your publication. In this session, learn how Enterprise Publishing Company in Blair, Neb. has used social media to both engage its audiences and entice more community members to read its publications - both online and in print. Associate Publisher Chris Rhoades will share his tips for using social media for a full range of promotional and engagement efforts.

    Cost for VPA Members: $30
    Register by Tuesday, May 31
    (Registrations submitted after this date are subject to a $10 late fee)