Member News (3/7/19): Newsroom leadership changes at News Leader; former RTD editor to publish a book on mass shootings: APSE awards and more

By |2019-03-07T19:55:19+00:00March 7th, 2019|

Newsroom leadership changes at News Leader

The executive editor of the News leader, David Fritz, has been promoted to a regional editor position with Gannett Co. and William Ramsey, the current news director for the News Leader, will take over as the paper’s executive editor.

Fritz, who has been editor of the News Leader since 1998, will become the deputy Mid-Atlantic editor for Gannett where his job will be to “build a cohesive 21st Century digital news organization spanning five states and 11 newsrooms.” One of the 11 newsrooms Fritz will be over in his new position will the News Leader’s. He will continue to work out of the Staunton area.

“This move formalizes and expands on something I’ve been doing informally for a while, helping colleagues adapt to a changing world while producing the quality journalism our readers deserve,” Fritz said. “I feel like I’m getting the best of two worlds because I’ll still be based in Staunton and will be able to work across a range of dynamic news markets with a team of more than 120 journalists.”

Ramsey has been with the News Leader for several years. While serving as news director, he has led major investigations out of the News Leader newsroom and throughout the USA Today Network.

VPA members take home several Top 10 honors from APSE

Several Virginia newspapers took home Top 10 honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors’s contest.

Taft Coghill Jr. from the Free Lance-Star won a Top 10 award in explanatory reporting. The Free Lance-Star also won a Top 10 honor in special sections.

Sam Blum from the Daily Progress won Top 10 honors in the Game Story and Feature Story categories. Zack Wajsgras won in the Feature Photo category. The Progress also won a Top 10 in Special Sections and Sunday Sections.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Shelby Lum, Charlie Broaddus and Michael Phillips all won Top 10 honors. Lum won in the action photo category; Broaddus in feature writing and Phillips in breaking news. RTD also received a Top 10 honor in the Daily Sports Section category.

Jonathan Heeter from the Daily Press won a Top 10 honor in the multimedia category.

The winner of each category will be announced later in the spring.

Former RTD editor publishes book on Virginia Tech, mass shootings

Tom Kapsidelis, who worked for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 28 years, has written a book examining the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and its after effects, which is slated to be published by the University of Virginia Press next month.

Kapsidleis’s book, “After Virginia Tech,” examines the shooting that left 32 students and faculty members dead and what reforms followed in its wake.

According to the publisher’s description of the book, Kapsidleis writes of the “experiences of survivors and community members who have advocated for reforms in gun safety, campus security, trauma recovery and mental health.”

In an advanced review of the book, Kirkus Reviews said the book was, “well-researched and clearly written, [the] book’s major accomplishment is the author’s exploration of the healing process.”

Kapsildelis will discuss his book at the Library of Virginia next month as part of an author series. The talk is April 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Library of Virginia.

Pilot digital editor makes switch to sports

Greg Giesen, former digital editor of two years for the Virginian-Pilot, has been promoted to assistant sports editor for the paper.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to the new challenges awaiting me,” Giesen wrote on Twitter.