Capital News Service will run during the fall semester for the first time

Capital News Service, a student run wire service out of Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University that is dedicated to covering the General Assembly session, will run during the fall semester for the first time in the program’s history.

“The Robertson School of Media and Culture is excited to offer the first fall Capital News Service, in an effort to extend robust coverage of state government to our many press partners,” said course instructor Alix Bryan.

Students enrolled in CNS during the fall semester will turn their efforts toward covering the election season where all 140 seats of the General Assembly are up for re-election. The course will still be offered in the spring semester where its primary focus will remain the General Assembly.

This past fall the Virginia Press Foundation gave a grant of $5,000 to support and help CNS expand its coverage and work more closely with VPA member papers.

Longtime Virginia Business editors leaving

Virginia Business is losing two of its editors.

Robert Powell, who has been the editor at the magazine for almost 15 years will retire once a successor is found for his position and Jessica Sabbath, managing editor at the magazine, is leaving to take a job at the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC).

New reporter at Charlottesville Tomorrow

Charlottesville Tomorrow has added another new reporter to its ranks, going from three to now four journalists on staff.

Billy Jean Louis joined Charlottesville Tomorrow this week as the nonprofit’s education reporter for Albermarle County and the City of Charlottesville. Louis is a graduate of the University of Florida and previously worked as a health reporter at the Baxter Bulletin.

He is on Twitter @BillyJeanLouis.

Cavalier Daily creates UVA commemorative poster for national championship

The Daily Progress is not the only newspaper in Charlottesville celebrating the recent UVA men’s basketball championship win with special sections and books.

The Cavalier Daily, the student paper for UVA, has created a commemorative 11-inch by 21-inch poster for the basketball team to celebrate the victory. Also for sale, are the paper’s April 11 and April 4 editions, which feature the team’s run from the Final Four to national champions.

Herald Courier redesigns website

Earlier this week, the Bristol Herald Courier unveiled a new website redesign meant to improve the navigability and overall aesthetic of the paper’s previous site.

“We are very excited to share the release of our new website,” said Jim Maxwell, Herald Courier publisher and VPA Board member. “This new site will be easier to access via search engines, will improve load times, and allows us to enhance, create and share compelling content more effectively. This allows us to kick up our game a notch and provide our readers better access to local information they want and need.”

The new site includes “new menus and a cleaner interface that will be the main features of the site, including a reduction in drop-down menus.”

Daily Press, Pilot to launch new podcast where reporters are interviewed

The Virginian-Pilot and the Daily Press will soon take readers inside their newsrooms to hear from reporters who cover the Hampton Roads via a new podcast that is set to launch next week.

“Beyond the Headline” will debut next Tuesday and will be published each Tuesday thereafter.

“You’ll hear from the reporters whose names you’ve seen in our newspapers, the ones that are on the ground and in your community, asking the hard questions and producing the journalism you care about,” the papers said in a release. “Each week, we’ll spend some time with one of our journalists and walk through how they reported the story.”

Listeners can subscribe to the podcast where most podcasts are available.