Member Spotlight: Bob Brown, photographer, Richmond Times-Dispatch

This week we talked with Bob Brown, veteran photographer of 50 years for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Brown has had one of the most prolific photojournalism careers in Virginia. The image that often defines a given cultural, or political, moment in Virginia is often accompanied by Brown's credit line. 

Below, Brown talks about the change he has seen over the last 50 years in the industry, his first assignment for RTD, his most memorable photo and what makes news photography its own unique art form. Questions | William Lineberry

Board Member Spotlight: Billy Coleburn, The Courier-Record (Blackstone)

We talked with board member Billy Coleburn this week. Coleburn is the publisher of the Courier-Record in Blackstone, Va.

General Assembly Preview Q&A: VPA's Chief Lobbyist

Member Spotlight: Charlottesville Tomorrow

This week's feature is with VPA's first online member, and currently its only nonprofit member, Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Board Member Spotlight: Steve Weddle, The Central Virginian and Lakeway Publishing

Call for Entries: VPA's 2017 News & Advertising Contest

The Virginia Press Association is making a call for entries from its members into the 2017 VPA News and Advertising Contest.

Deadline for entires is Friday, January 19. The awards banquet will be held on April 14 at the Short Pump Hilton.

Individuals interested in entering news pieces should vist here. 

Member Spotlight: The Bristol Herald Courier

This week we talked with The Bristol Herald Courier politics and local government reporter, David McGee. Below, McGee discusses covering the opioid crisis in southwest Virginia, establishing a podcast and the challenges of being a reporter at a newspaper that straddles two states.

Member Spotlight: Dave Ress of the Daily Press discusses his new book on FOIA

This week we are featuring open-records expert and reporter for the Daily Press Dave Ress and his new book, "Municipal Accountability in the Age of Reform: The Gadfly at the Counter." Ress discusses how the book came about, the writing process and the role of the modern

Member Spotlight: Rapp News and the Foothills Forum

This week our feature is a double. It is about Rappahannock News (the only newspaper in Rappahannock County) and a local news nonprofit in Rappahannock, the Foothills Forum and how, together, they have brought major reporting projects to the rural area. Publisher of Rapp News, Dennis Brack, talks about how the collaboration began, how it works, what stories have been produced and how other newspapers could use this as a model for their own collaborations.

Questions by William Lineberry.

New Member Spotlight: The Rotunda

The Rotunda is the student newspaper at Longwood University located in Farmville, Va. The paper, which has published for more than 115 years, recently joined the Virginia Press Association as a member. In this interview, general manager Halle Parker talks about the history of the paper, incorporating multi-media storytelling, the challenges of being a college publication and more. Questions by William Lineberry.