CJW Deadline, Roadshows and a Roast: Virginia’s E-Press for May 30
VPA / May 31, 2012COMMUNITY JOURNALISM WORKSHOP
Deadline to register for this year's Community Journalism Workshop is Friday, June 1
This Friday, June 1, is the deadline to register for this year's Community Journalism Workshop, June 21-22 at VPA. Why should you sign up for this two-day, intensive workshop? Here are our top 10 reasons:
1. It's great training for beginning journalists and interns.
2. It's a useful refresher for mid-career journalists who want to polish their skills.
3. Food is included. Always a good thing.
4. It focuses on reporting and writing, with special attention to ethics.
5. A number of CJW alumni have gone on to distinguished, award-winning careers, like this year's keynote speaker. Mike Jones, Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post, attended the first-ever CJW.
6. You learn from seasoned editors who are in the newsroom, know what the daily work of reporting and editing is like and will share their best tips with you.
7. In addition to group learning, you get a one-on-one critique of your work.
8. Compared to similar training programs, CJW is affordable at $99 for VPA members, $250 for non-members and $74 overnight room rates at the Comfort Suites Innsbrook.
9. The instruction doesn't stop on Friday afternoon; you get a take-home "tool box" of resources that you can use on the job.
10. It's a great investment to make in a journalist's career.
As CJW instructor Anne Adams of The Recorder says, "You know who needs to attend. Sign them up today!"
Read more at http://www.vpa.net/index.php/education/article/23202/
Registration Form: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/2012CJWregis.pdf
THE HEAT IS ON!
RT-D's Jeff Schapiro roasted by three former governors, Speaker Howell and AP's Bob Lewis
Virginia politicians happily banded together on May 29 at the Richmond Marriott to turn up the heat on Richmond Times-Dispatch political commentator Jeff Schapiro.
The fiery event supported a worthy cause: the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP). Approximately 350 packed the Marriott ballroom for the roast, which raised $171,000 for VPAP.
Schapiro's roasting came from former governors Jerry Baliles, George Allen and Tim Kaine; Del. Bill Howell, Speaker of the House of Delegates; and Bob Lewis of the Associated Press. Page Melton Ivie served as emcee, while sparks flew onstage -- all in fun.
For those who missed it: here's video coverage from the Times-Dispatch, plus photos from VPAP and articles from the Times-Dispatch's Andrew Cain and The Washington Post's Anita Kumar.
Photo Gallery: http://www.vpap.org/about_us/roast#ad-image-0
Cain article: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/may/30/tdmet05-gover-
Kumar article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/virginia-politicos-roast-longtime-columnist/2012/05/30/gJQAwKXV0U_blog.html
VPA HITS THE ROAD
Publishers share thoughts at regional roadshows
The Virginia Press Association roadshows continue this week in Warrenton, where publishers and staff will gather tomorrow for discussion and idea-sharing. There is no cost to participate in these small, informal gatherings, although pre-registration is requested. Come and bring your brainstorming skills!
Meetings are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:
Thursday, May 31, Warrenton (Fauquier Times-Democrat, 39 Culpeper St.), 10 a.m.-noon
Thursday, June 7, Chatham (Economic Development Office, 34 N. Main St.), noon-2 p.m. (Register by May 31)
Friday, June 8, Bristol (Bristol Herald-Courier, 320 Morrison Blvd.), 10 a.m.-noon (Register by June 1)
Registration Form: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/VPARoadshow.pdf.
Thanks to the publishers who attended our roadshows in Williamsburg and Lexington! A report from these meetings will be produced and given to the VPA Board of Directors at its next meeting in July.
SPJ VIRGINIA PRO CHAPTER NEWS
George Mason Celebration will be June 12 at UR
Join the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, at this year's George Mason Ceremony and Celebration on Tuesday, June 12, starting at 6 p.m., in the Alice Haynes Room of the Tyler Haynes Commons at the University of Richmond.
Tickets are $50 per person. George Mason Club (program sponsor) tickets are $90 each. To purchase tickets, click here: http://georgemason2012.eventbrite.com/
SPJ fellowship, award now open for applications
The Society of Professional Journalists offers two honors to outstanding journalists and writers. Applications/nominations are open until June 22.
The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing awards $75,000 to an editorial writer to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The cash award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. Details: http://www.spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp
The Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award is presented to honor a person or persons who have fought to protect and preserve one or more of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. An individual, group of individuals or organization will be awarded $10,000 cash and an engraved crystal to honor those committed to the same goals and as a tribute to the professional contributions Pulliam made to journalism. Details: http://www.spj.org/a-pulliam.asp
VPA joins Online Media Campus to offer webinars
VPA partners with Online Media Campus, a clearinghouse for affordable and accessible professional development webinars, to offer learning opportunities to our members. Each program allows participation by an unlimited number of people at your site, using one Internet connection and one phone. The following webinars are coming in June:
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 2-3 p.m., "Tricks for Faster Photo Processing" with Russell Viers, Adobe Certified Trainer
Registration fee: $35; registration after Monday, June 18: $45
Information - http://www.onlinemediacampus.com/2012/05/tricks-faster-photo-processing/
Registration - http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1099930
Friday, June 22, 2012, 2-3 p.m., "Covering the Presidential Election: Why and How" with Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
Registration fee: $35; registration after Tuesday, June 19: $45
Information - http://www.onlinemediacampus.com/2012/05/political-reporting/
Registration - http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1098246
View upcoming webinars and webinar archives: http://www.onlinemediacampus.com/index.html
Executive Management Retreat registration information is now available online!
Room rates are the same as last year: please reserve by June 12.
Click here: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/EMRagenda12.pdf
2011 VPA Contest Gallery now online!
Click here to access the gallery: http://omnicontests4.com/gallery-search.aspx?gallery_id=11
Ad networks pay off: join one or both today!
The Statewide Classified Ad (SCAN) and 2x2 Networks recently welcomed the following new members:
SCAN: The Lebanon News, Martinsville Bulletin, The Richmond Voice
2x2: The Lebanon News, Page News & Courier, The Richmond Voice, Shenandoah Valley-Herald, The Smithfield Times, The Valley Banner, Suffolk News Herald
Visit the Public Notice Resources page for VPA members on http://www.vpa.net to access online and print ads, our general information page, and more!
Online VPA membership now available
VPA members approved bylaws changes that open membership to online members at the annual breakfast business meeting in Roanoke on April 21.
The membership requirements for the newly created online membership category are available at http://www.vpa.net.
Job hunting starts with VPA Classifieds!
If you're job hunting, VPA's online classifieds at http://www.vpa.net/index.php/classifieds/ are a great place to start. Listings are added each week; check back often to see the latest opportunities. And if you have a position to fill, remember that VPA members can post classifieds for free.
Know a student who's just starting out? VPA also lists daily (http://www.vpa.net/index.php/services/article/daily_internships/) and non-daily (http://www.vpa.net/index.php/services/article/non_daily_internships/).
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Common Sense Journalism: Doug Fisher
Writing Matters: Jim Stasiowski
Design for Readers: Ed Henninger
Ad-libs: John Foust
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