Member News (2/21/19): Rocktown Weekly to shutter; Pilot reporter wins national award for police reporting; Daily Progress to launch two new newsletter

2019-02-21T20:45:32+00:00February 21st, 2019|

Rocktown Weekly to cease publication March 1

Rocktown Weekly, Harrisonburg’s weekly alternative newspaper, will cease publication after its March 1 issue.

Rocktown was previously owned by the Byrd family but was sold to Ogden Newspapers last March along with its sister publication the Daily News Record. Rocktown is a free publication with an estimated circulation of 10,000.

Pilot reporter wins award for series on mentally ill inmates

A reporter from the Virginian-Pilot has won a national award for a series of stories that investigated the deaths of mentally-ill inmates in jails in Virginia and across the country.

Gary Harki, investigative reporter for the Pilot, has been named the winner of the 2019 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting for his series of stories, “Jailed in Crises.”

The award is given by the Denver Press Club and the University of Colorado- Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information.

“Harki’s reporting discovered highly disturbing trends,” said one judge. “Too often, those being held against their will for lack of appropriate beds in clinical settings are subjected to inhuman treatment.”

Harki’s reporting led the U.S. Justice Department to investigate how mentally ill inmates were being treated in Virginia jails.

Daily Progress to launch two new newsletters

The Daily Progress will soon launch two new newsletters about K-12 education and Charlottesville city government.

“In Chambers,” will be written by city hall reporter for the Progress, Nolan Stout, and “Cheat Sheet,” will be authored by K-12 reporter, Katerine Knott.

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