Member News (10/4/18): VPA papers team with ProPublica, a first for Virginia Business, longtime RTD employee retires and more

By | 2018-10-04T18:25:54+00:00 October 4th, 2018|
Pilot becomes latest Va. newspaper to team up with with ProPublica

Three Virginia newspapers have joined with ProPublica to work on a reporting project about hate and bias in America.

The Virginian-Pilot became the latest Virginia newspaper to join the effort in ProPublica’s “Documenting Hate” project. The Pilot announced their partnership last week.

The Daily Press and the News-Leader are also partnering in the project. Papers are asking readers to complete a form that will detail “incidents of hate and bias” that they have experienced.

“Hate crimes and bias incidents are a national problem, but there’s no reliable data on their nature or prevalence,” ProPublica wrote of the project. “We’re collecting and verifying reports, building a database of tips for use by journalists, researchers and civil-rights organizations.”

Virginia Business endorses candidate for first time ever

For the first time in its thirty-two-year history, Virginia Business has endorsed a candidate for political office.

Last week, the magazine’s publisher, Barry Niemeier, wrote in an editorial that the magazine was endorsing Sen. Tim Kaine for re-election in the U.S. Senate.

“Since the first issue of Virginia Business was published in March 1986, this magazine has never endorsed a candidate,” Niemier wrote. “Three hundred ninety-one issues later, we are doing it for the first time. This is not intended to set any sort of precedent for endorsements in future political races.”

Niemier wrote that the magazine was endorsing Sen. Kaine because he is “good for business.” Niemier continued that Kaine’s opponent, Corey Stewart’s, associations with Jason Kessler and Roy Moore “are not positives when Virginia is being evaluated by economic development prospects as a potential site for business expansion.”

Longtime RTD employee bids adieu

Karen Dillon, a forty-year employee of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has retired from the paper as director of creative services, RTD publisher, Tom Silvestri, wrote in a column.

Dillon’s retirement took effect this past Friday. She has been at RTD since 1978, where she started as an account executive. Over the years, she worked in a variety of management roles in the paper’s advertising department before landing as the director of the creative services team.

“KD, as she’s known here, has been a major force in getting work done in the best way for the customer, the business and the RTD teams she guided,” Silvestri wrote.

“She’s one of our best ambassadors, and she bleeds RTD blue. We’re going to miss KD and her many talents. But we are a better organization now and for the future because she always cared about what’s best for the RTD.”

New staff at the Smith Mountain Eagle

The Smith Mountain Eagle has added four new staff members.

The paper has a new general manager, editor, reporter, account executive and administrative assistant.

Sam Jackson will now serve as the paper’s general manager and editor. Jackson has worked in southwest Virginia as various newspapers for the last 13 years.

Sherese Gore is the Eagle’s new reporter. She is originally from the area and graduated from the Mary Washington University and later attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she wrote about the General Assembly for Capital News Service.

Cheryl Murphy is the paper’s new administrative assistant and Mary Cannon will re-join the paper as the account executive.

Washington Post sweetens 401(k) deal for employees; launches new version of WaPo Magazine

The Washington Post has shed another layer of its old skin.

Earlier this week the Post’s Guild announced that the paper would nix its longstanding 401(k) package and replace it with a much more favorable one for employees.

Previously, the Post offered a 1 percent match on 401(k)s and for a long time management refused to negotiate with the Post Guild on the matter.

But in January that will change. The paper will then match 50 cents to every dollar that employees put in their 401(k)s.

“The lesson here is that the collective voice of employees still matters,” the Post Guild wrote in their news release about the new 401(k) package.

The Post also announced this week that it was re-launching the Washington Post Magazine with new features, a print redesign and a new template for its digital product.

“The magazine has seen enormous digital growth over the past year, as our long-form storytelling has drawn in more readers,” said Richard Just, editor of The Post Magazine. “With this redesign, we are aiming to bring more journalistic creativity to the magazine’s front section and to create a look—both in print and online—that is adventurous and elegant. Our long-form pieces will now have a distinctive online design—one that is visually connected to the rest of The Washington Post but also gives the magazine an identity of its own.”

Daily Progress increases cost of print edition

The Daily Progress has raised the cost of its daily edition from $1 to $1.50. The change in cost took effect Monday, October 1.