Call for Entries: VPA's 2017 News & Advertising Contest

The Virginia Press Association is making a call for entries from its members into the 2017 VPA News and Advertising Contest.

Deadline for entires is Friday, January 19. The awards banquet will be held on April 14 at the Short Pump Hilton.

Individuals interested in entering news pieces should vist here. 

Member Spotlight: The Bristol Herald Courier

This week we talked with The Bristol Herald Courier politics and local government reporter, David McGee. Below, McGee discusses covering the opioid crisis in southwest Virginia, establishing a podcast and the challenges of being a reporter at a newspaper that straddles two states.

Member Spotlight: Dave Ress of the Daily Press discusses his new book on FOIA

This week we are featuring open-records expert and reporter for the Daily Press Dave Ress and his new book, "Municipal Accountability in the Age of Reform: The Gadfly at the Counter." Ress discusses how the book came about, the writing process and the role of the modern

Member Spotlight: Rapp News and the Foothills Forum

This week our feature is a double. It is about Rappahannock News (the only newspaper in Rappahannock County) and a local news nonprofit in Rappahannock, the Foothills Forum and how, together, they have brought major reporting projects to the rural area. Publisher of Rapp News, Dennis Brack, talks about how the collaboration began, how it works, what stories have been produced and how other newspapers could use this as a model for their own collaborations.

Questions by William Lineberry.

New Member Spotlight: The Rotunda

The Rotunda is the student newspaper at Longwood University located in Farmville, Va. The paper, which has published for more than 115 years, recently joined the Virginia Press Association as a member. In this interview, general manager Halle Parker talks about the history of the paper, incorporating multi-media storytelling, the challenges of being a college publication and more. Questions by William Lineberry. 

New Member Spotlight: What's Up Prince William

What's Up Prince William is an online news site serving Prince William County in northern Virginia. In the Q&A below, we talked with editor Stephanie Carter about how the site got started, finding the balance between good news and bad in coverage and where they are headed as a hyper-local news source. 

New Staff Spotlight: Susan Wineland-Ii, VPA's Advertising Sales Director

This week's Staff Spotlight is on Susan Wineland-Ii. She is VPA's new advertising sales director. Read our full E-Press from this week here


Member Spotlight: Laura Emery, Field Editor for Cooperative Living Magazine

Laura Emery, field editor, Cooperative Living

This week's Member Spotlight is on Laura Emery from Cooperative Living magazine. Read our full E-Press from this week here

VPA's Legislative Day in the RVA - Registration Open!

VPA’s Legislative Day in the RVA (formerly known as VPA Day at the Capital) One of Virginia Press Association’s (VPA’s) most popular events, this is a day set aside for journalists and students to get an exclusive legislative preview of the year ahead in the General Assembly as well as an analytical look back at the 2017 election.

This Week's Member Spotlight: Fauquier Times

Our member spotlight this week is The Fauquier Times. Read more in this week's ePress!