Member News (2/28/19): New faces in Bristol and Farmville; new fellowship to honor a murdered journalist

By |2019-03-01T13:25:09+00:00March 1st, 2019|

Herald Courier hires new sports editor

The Bristol Herald Courier has a new sports editor.

Brian Woodson recently started recently as the paper’s new sports editor. He worked from 2005-2019 at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. He is originally from the Bristol area.

He is on Twitter @BHCWoodson.

Farmville Herald hires new reporter

The Farmville Herald has added a new staff writer and photographer to its ranks.

Richmond native and longtime resident of Farmville, Noel Oliver has joined the paper and Farmville Newsmedia LLC. Oliver previously worked as a freelance writer for Lancaster Farming News as the publication’s Virginia correspondent.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to works as a member of the Farmville Newsmedia team and be able to focus my efforts within my community,” Oliver said. “Even though I have lived here all along, being able to cover and report the news of the community feels a bit like a homecoming.”

WaPo creates reporting fellowship to honor Khashoggi

The Washington Post has created an opinion writing fellowship to honor Jamal Khashoggi, a former Post columnist who was murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last year.

The Post has named Hala Al-Dosari as the inaugural recipient of the fellowship, which is designed to give an independent platform to writers so they may share “their perspectives from parts of the world where freedom of expression is threatened or suppressed.”

“We are honored to pay tribute to Jamal’s life and work and to the values he cared most about, including human rights and freedom of expression,” said Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor at the Post. “And we are honored that Hala has agreed to be the first fellow. Hala is a respected and leading voice on women’s issues, health policy and political reform across Saudi Arabia and the Arab Gulf states.”