Member News (5/2/19): A paper celebrates 50 years of publishing, Report For America

By |2019-05-02T18:27:23+00:00May 2nd, 2019|

News Leader reporter leaving to join Report For America

Julia Fair, a reporter for the Staunton News Leader, is leaving the paper because she has been selected to be a corps reporter for Report for America–a nationwide program that seeks to put young and emerging journalists in communities that lack watchdog journalism.

Fair was one of 61 corps members selected from around the country. She will work for the Cincinnati Enquirer, where she will serve as a beat reporter for northern Kentucky covering local government. She begins her new role June 3.

The Commonwealth Times celebrates 50 years, publishes special section

The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University’s scrappy and independent student newspaper, recently celebrated its fiftieth year of publication.

To celebrate the occasion, the CT’s staff put together a special edition of the paper paying tribute to its many writers and editors dating back to the 1960s.

“This special section aims to recreate the design of the first issue of The Commonwealth Times, — as closely as possible when our tools involve almost exclusively the Adobe Suite — and showcase some highlights of our history. It’s far from comprehensive; 50 years can’t be condensed into eight pages,” wrote Georgia Geen, executive editor of the CT. “What I hope we’ve achieved is an eclectic mix that gives a taste of all The CT has been: a ‘rag-tag’ community of students, a player in the underground scene and a hub for award-winning journalism.”

The special section can be viewed here.