Pols, PACs and Paid Ads Coming Soon! Virginia’s E-Press for August 15
VPA / August 15, 2012TRAINING SPOTLIGHT
Prep for the campaign season with 'Pols, PACs and Paid Ads' workshop on September 14 at VPA
Is your newspaper ready for the upcoming campaign season and election? Vote "yes" by electing to attend this first Virginia Newspaper Academy workshop of 2012-13!
The workshop will be split in two sessions. In the morning session, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the focus will be on campaign/election news coverage, such as what records are available from boards of elections, liability when quoting candidates and campaign materials, and Election Day access issues. Then in the afternoon session, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the emphasis shifts to political/campaign advertising rules, including requirements specific to newspapers.
Our presenters will be Warren Fiske, editor of PolitiFact Virginia; Christopher Piper, manager of elections services for the State Board of Elections; and David Poole, executive director of Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).
Cost will be $70 for both sessions or $45 for one session only (morning or afternoon). VPA members can register two staffers for the price of one. Lunch is included.
The Art of Selling Deals: Strategies for Securing the Best Offers
with Inland Press Association
Wednesday, August 29 / 3 p.m. EDT
Online Promotions: Tapping Into a New Revenue Source
with Online Media Campus
Thursday, August 30 / 2-3 p.m. EDT
How to pursue an investigative project while juggling other stories
with Online Media Campus
Thursday, September 13 / 2-3 p.m. EDT
Digital Monetization with Online Media Campus
Friday, September 14 / 2-3 p.m. EDT
VPA partners with Local Media Association, Online Media Campus and Inland Press Association to offer learning opportunities to our members.
VPA Training and Education Page: http://www.vpa.net/index.php/education/
FIRST AID FOR FOIA ISSUES
Reporters Committee offers FirstAid app
The Reporters Committee FirstAid app (http://www.rcfp.org/app) is designed to help journalists who need quick answers to legal issues that arise while covering the news. It is meant as a quick solution during an urgent situation, such as when a judge or other official is keeping you from a hearing or a meeting, or a police officer is threatening you with arrest. More extensive assistance with media law issues is available through the committee's website at http://www.rcfp.org.
FirstAid also provides quick access to the committee's hotline for any media law issues, either by phone or email.
The Reporters Committee and this app are available for journalists of all varieties, whether they work for a national news organization or a neighborhood news blog. There is never a charge for assistance.
NEW VPA COMMITTEE!
NOMINATE A FOIA HERO
VCOG seeks nominations for annual FOI awards
The Virginia Coalition for Open Government (VCOG) seeks nominations for its annual Freedom of Information Awards. The awards are given in three categories: citizen, media, and government. They are based upon the nominee's outstanding efforts in using government records and meetings to keep government open and accountable to the people. For more details and to submit a nomination, visit VCOG's website at http://www.opengovva.org/get-involved/award-nomination.
Quill article by P-I's Kane features Pilot photogs
Readers of the July/August issue of Quill, the Society of Professional Journalists' magazine, will see the work of Patrick Kane of The Progress-Index. Kane authored "Sharpen your 'phoneography' skills" for the magazine's Gen-J Toolbox section. Randall Greenwell, director of photography for The Virginian-Pilot, and Pilot photographer Vicki Cronis-Nohe were quoted in the article, which recounted Cronis-Nohe's using her smartphone (and becoming the subject of a meme) to cover the April 6 Navy jet crash in Virginia Beach. As she told Kane, "The phone is the logical choice for breaking or big news events. You send a few quickly for online, then get to work with your cameras." Read the article at http://www.spj.org/quill_issue.asp?ref=1926. Cronis-Nohe's meme image is at http://imgur.com/gallery/fGxbW.
Washington Post's 'Issue Engine' compares views
The Washington Post has launched "The Issue Engine," a news application on its website that allows users to explore, compare and keep track of the presidential candidates views' on major election issues such as healthcare, jobs, immigration and social issues. Information is gleaned from official campaign statements, candidate speeches and social media. Views are presented side-by-side and users can request fact checks from The Post's Fact Checker through the app. Readers can choose to "endorse" a candidate's stance on a particular issue and share comments. If Issue Engine users are logged onto Facebook, they can also show friends how and why they "endorsed" a candidate on a specific issue. Read more at http://www.washingtonpost.com/community-relations/the-washington-post-launches-issue-engine/2012/08/07/9664fd92-e092-11e1-a421-8bf0f0e5aa11_story.html.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Research finds weeklies becoming more rural
Between 1997 and 2009, the community weekly newspaper industry became significantly more rural and dominated by group ownership, according to a research paper, "The State of the Weekly Newspaper Industry," presented August 12 by Stephen Lacy of Michigan State University at the convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago.
In 1997, 45 percent of weeklies were defined as rural, being in a city or town with fewer than 10,000 people; in 2009, the rural share was 67 percent. The suburban share fell to 21 percent from 46 percent. About two-thirds of weeklies had websites in 2009, but only 6 percent allowed visitors to upload articles or had paywalls. That number appears to have increased after the research ended in 2009. Read the paper at http://www.uky.edu/CommInfoStudies/IRJCI/WeeklyIndustry2012.pdf.
VPA TOTAL MEDIA DIRECTORY
Advertising space is going quickly in the new VPA Virginia Total Media Directory -- a publication that will still include all of our member newspaper information, but now with information added for TV, radio, current state events, current elected officials, etc.
This TOTAL MEDIA Directory will be distributed to all members (including our business members), advertising agencies, national advertisers, corporate executives, Virginia businesses, all statewide officeholders, and most state agencies. The directory will not only be distributed in print, but also in an electronic format.
Don't miss your opportunity to be featured in VPA's first Total Media Directory! If you would like to place a full-page color ad on one of the pages, please reserve your space quickly, as these premium spaces are the first to be requested. Please give Adriane Long a call at 804-521-7585 or email if you have any questions. Rate Card: http://www.vpa.net/images/pdf/directoryratecard1213al.pdf
News About News
American Journalism Review: http://www.ajr.org
Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org
Daily Briefing: http://www.journalism.org
Editor & Publisher: http://www.editorandpublisher.com
Investigative Reporters & Editors:
National Newspaper Association: http://www.nnaweb.org
Newspaper Association of America: http://www.naa.org
Public Notice Resource Center: http://www.pnrc.net
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: http://www.rcfp.org
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute: http://www.rjionline.org
Jim Romenesko: http://www.jimromenesko.com
The Rural Blog: http://irjci.blogspot.com
Society of Professional Journalists: http://www.spj.org
2011 VPA Contests
Click here to access the gallery: http://omnicontests4.com/gallery-search.aspx?gallery_id=11
2013 Conference Dates
Next year's VPA/The Associated Press News & Advertising Conference will be held April 19-20 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Contest information is coming this fall... plan your entries now to save time later!
FOIA Council Update
The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory (FOIA) Council has announced its upcoming subcommittee and full council meetings, as follows:
The council's Criminal Investigative Records Subcommittee will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, in the Speaker's Conference Room, Sixth Floor, General Assembly Building, 910 Capitol Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.
The council's Electronic Meetings Subcommittee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, in the Speaker's Conference Room, to continue its study of HB 1105 (Greason) and HB 1149 (Dudenhefer), concerning the conduct of electronic communication meetings, referred to the FOIA Council by the 2012 Session of the General Assembly.
The full FOIA Council will meet on Wednesday, September 5, at 1:30 p.m. in House Room D of the General Assembly Building. This will be the third meeting of the FOIA Council for 2012, and will include the annual legislative preview.
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National Newspaper Week coming in October
Mark your calendar for National Newspaper Week, the first week in October! It's a great time to remind your readers of the importance of newspapers in their daily lives, and the role newspapers play in protecting citizens' right to know what their government is doing. It's a great time for VPA members to use those materials featured on the Public Notices resource page on http://www.vpa.net.
Job hunting? Hiring? Start with VPA!
For job hunters, VPA's online classifieds are a great place to start. Listings are added each week. And if you have a position to fill, remember that VPA members can post classifieds for free. Check it out!
Network for Rewards!
Expert Advice: Ask the Columnists
Newspaper Technology: Kevin Slimp
Common Sense Journalism: Doug Fisher
Writing Matters: Jim Stasiowski
Design for Readers: Ed Henninger
Ad-libs: John Foust
Visit http://www.vpa.net/index.php/education/article/expert_advice_ask_the_columnists1/ for contact information!