Member News (3/29/18)

By | 2018-03-30T12:52:59+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Two Virginia Weeklies Shut Down 

Virginia will lose two more weekly newspapers.

The Herald-Progress and The Caroline Progress published their final editions today, the papers’ owner, Lakeway Publishers, announced in a press release. The Herald-Progress has been in operation for more than 130 years and its sister paper, the Caroline Progress, was in its 99th year as a publication.

“Unfortunately, the paper was no longer commercially viable,” the president of Lakeway Publishers, R. Jack Fishman, said.

Style Weekly first reported about the closures.

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RTD headlines now available on Amazon Echo

Alexa will now be able to read you headlines from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

In a press release earlier this week, the paper announced that Echo users can now receive daily headlines starting at 6 a.m. from their Amazon Echo devices.

RTD headlines from the device are curated by editors and will include the most important news from the city and surrounding metro area, according to the release.

“The Times-Dispatch is embracing this smart home technology as part of our continuing efforts to reach new audiences for our journalism via technology and innovation.”

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RTD multimedia journalist wins top honor from APSE

Shelby Lum, a multimedia journalist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, was announced as the winner in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ 2017 Contest in the short video category earlier this week.

Lum’s winning video highlighted the effects of brain injuries in high-school football players. Her entry won in the category for newspapers with circulations between 75,000 and 175,000.

Read more here.
Watch the video here. 

Longtime Roanoke Times sports reporter to be inducted into Va. Sports HOF 

Doug Doughty, a sports writer of 40 years for the Roanoke Times, will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Doughty is one of eight inductees to this year’s class. He will be officially inducted during a ceremony being held the first weekend of April.

Read more here. 

Independent Messenger hires new ad manager

The Independent Messenger, which serves the southern Virginia counties of Emporia and Greensville, has hired a new advertising manager.

Sharon Scruggs will now serve as the paper’s advertising manager. She worked previously with Dominion Heart & Vascular Clinic as a marketing manager.

“I’m looking forward to getting out in the community and meeting everyone,” Scruggs said to the paper. “My goal is to bring a face to Emporia-Greensville businesses and help them grow.”