2018 Conference & Contest 2018-03-14T12:49:49+00:00

Visit WWW.VPA2018.COM for all conference and banquet details.

If interested in applying for a scholarship to attend the Friday Tech-Shop AND/OR our Saturday Conference fill out this form: http://conta.cc/2FOrhTc

Friday, April 13 Events

Newsroom Tech-Shop

Friday, April 13th from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at VPA Offices (11529 Nuckols Rd. Glen Allen, Va.)

Brought to you by: Virginia Press Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists

VPF and SPJ are proud to present speakers from Google News Lab and the Washington Post for this Friday-afternoon tech-shop at VPA offices in Glen Allen.

Attendees will learn how to develop and build effective newsletters from Washington Post newsletter and alerts editor, Tessa Muggeridge and how to use advanced Google tools to drive stories from Google News Lab Consultant and Vox Media engineer, Frank Bi. This event is a must-attend for anyone from seasoned reporters and editors to budding student journalists. Everyone will walk away with something.

This event is BYOD – bring your own device! Laptops, tablets, smartphones – whatever you want to work on in this hands-on tech-shop.

Costs: $25 for VPA members and students | $35 for nonmembers/non-students

The first 5 students with a .edu-email to register for this event will receive free admission courtesy of the Virginia Press Foundation. Email williaml@vpa.net for details.


BBQz and BREWz Bash

Friday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

New this Year! Friday night FUN – Get a taste of one of Richmond’s most popular breweries while networking with your peers! In case you haven’t heard, Richmond has been named the “world’s best city for beer!”

Don’t worry about driving – VPA has it all covered. Friday night, join us at 6:30 in front of the Short Pump Hilton Hotel for bus pick-up Hardywood for food, fun, and of course, beer.

Make sure you register for this event as you go through online registration – space is limited! Registration will get you transportation, 2 beer tickets and a meal from a BBQ food truck.


Saturday, April 14 Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Annual Meeting

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote – Frank Bi, Google News Lab and Vox Media
Sponsored by SPJ

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Breakout Education Sessions (Tracks: ManagementEditorial, & Advertising)

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Keynote – David Finkel, The Washington Post

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Education Sessions (Tracks: ManagementEditorial, & Advertising)

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Breakout Education Sessions (Tracks: ManagementEditorial, & Advertising)

3:00-3:30 p.m.
‘Flash Sessions’ & Door Prize Drawings

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Networking Reception 

6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Annual Awards Banquet