State Press Group Effort Looks to Protect Member Revenue and Purpose

With the announcement of a new public notice website, the Virginia Press Association hopes to safeguard a revenue source for its members, as well as their function as the town criers.
With my dad as a reporter and my mom as an editor, you could say I come by my appreciation of newspapers honestly. In fact, I mourned the day my hometown paper, The Herndon Observer, shuttered in 2010.
“It was no sudden thing, no one event, just the general challenges that are facing the newspaper market kind of caught up with us,” said then-publisher Christopher Moore to Biz Journals. “Ultimately it was really just a business decision. There was no problem with readership. The numbers just weren’t there.”
The Virginia Press Association recently announced its own business decision.

Advocacy group to provide video streaming of Virginia General Assembly committees

By GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch

Laura Bennett joins the Virginia Press Association

Please join us in welcoming Laura Bennett, M.A.,VPA's new Director of Membership Services.  Laura has more 16 years of experience working for associations where she managed training, events, operations, strategic technology, and compliance.

The Washington Post to create rapid-response investigations team

By WashPostPR January 9, 2017

Virginia Press Association plans new statewide website for public notices

By JOHN REID BLACKWELL

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Many ways you can help making the voices of the press and public heard

We need your help!

The FOIA Council and its subcommittees have been meeting for the past two years to study FOIA and make changes changes to the Freedom of Information Act. Many of these suggested changes will make getting information from the government more difficult. The VPA needs your help making the voices of the press and public heard.

Here's how you can help!

YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW Virginia lawmakers should take notice on notices

From: Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 20, 2016

Every year, members of the General Assembly consider proposals to change state law about public notices, which must be published in the local newspaper of record. Some local governments argue they could save money if they were allowed to post notices on their websites instead.

Local investors purchase the Fauquier Times

From: Fauquier.com, July 19, 2016

Local investors Tuesday signed documents to buy the weekly Fauquier Times, Prince William Times and Gainesville Times from Loudoun-based Virginia News Group. Terms were not disclosed.

Virginia News Group, also publisher of Loudoun Times-Mirror, is owned by Middleburg resident, Peter Arundel. The company was founded by Arundel’s father, Arthur “Nick” Arundel, in 1963 with the purchase of the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

Virginia State Police Seeks Media Input on Media Relations Policies

From: Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police

In accordance with Virginia State Police policy, the Department welcomes media input on our General Orders related to “Public/Media Relations.” The copy of the policy is in a pdf format below. Please feel free to respond to Corinne Geller, with any feedback, concerns, questions, or suggestions related to General Order OPR 9.00.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Corinne N. Geller

Public Relations Director Virginia State Police

'Caring, classy and courageous:' Stanley retires from Virginia Press Association

From: Richmond Times-Dispatch
By: Carol Hazard
Photo: Shelby Lum

Ginger Stanley wore outrageous stockings to the General Assembly one year while she was lobbying, knowing they would grab the attention of every lawmaker’s secretary.

“She was terrific at networking with secretaries and legislative aides, all of whom were then quick to ‘get her an in’ with lawmakers when she needed a meeting or tip her off to sudden meeting changes,” said Anne Adams, president of the Virginia Press Association and owner of The Recorder newspaper in Monterey.

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