Editorial: Punishing Virginians and journalists

From: The Virginian-Pilot 2.10.16

IF SOME BANK wants to foreclose on a house in your neighborhood, shouldn’t you have every possible opportunity to find out about it?

You should, for many reasons, starting with ensuring stability in your community and ending with the possibility that you could help.

That would be harder under a perennial piece of legislation now making its way through the legislature.

Bill protects names of public workers Legislation would be a major rewrite of Virginia's Freedom of Information Act

From: Daily Press, 2/9/16

By: Travis Fain / tfain@dailypress.com

Undermining foundations Bill will make homeowners at risk of foreclosure more vulnerable, restrict public's right to know

From: Daily Press Editorial 2.9.16

Investment firm buys majority stake in Daily Press parent company, Tribune Publishing

From: Chicago Tribune
By: Robert Channick

Michael Ferro, majority owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, has become the largest shareholder in Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, parent company of the Daily Press, The Virginia Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other major newspapers.

Tribune Publishing sold more than 5.2 million shares of newly issued common stock to Merrick Media, a Chicago-based investment firm controlled by Ferro, in a $44.4 million deal announced Thursday.

Richmond’s Jim and Bobby Ukrop to be honored as the 2016 Virginians of the Year

Jim and Bobby Ukrop, most known as second-generation top executives of the family’s venerated regional grocery chain, which they sold in 2010, were named the 2016 Virginians of the Year.

Though his family name is one of the most recognizable names in Virginia, James E. “Jim” Ukrop prefers to stay in the background. Jim also helped found the bank that had branches in Ukrop’s Super Markets, Inc. locations.

Norment announces press will return to Senate floor Monday

BY ANDREW CAIN Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016 2:00 pm

Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Jim Nolan, left, and columnist Jeff Schapiro, right, cover the Virginia Senate at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA from the gallery Thursday, Jan. 14, 29016. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., R-James City, had the tables and seating for members of the media, that were formerly in the chamber, removed before the start of the 2016 session, relegating media seating to the gallery, not the floor.

J. Stewart Bryan III remembered for his integrity, honor and fairness

By GREGORY J. GILLIGAN Richmond Times-Dispatch

J. Stewart Bryan III is being remembered as a media executive who was kind and fair with the courage of his convictions. He was regarded as a newspaperman with the highest integrity and honor.

Co-workers, business associates, board members and community leaders also said that the former longtime chairman of Media General Inc. served as a mentor to many. He was knowledgeable on a vast array of subjects. He was a private-public man who often shunned the limelight.

J. Stewart Bryan III, Media General chairman, has died

By GREGORY J. GILLIGAN Richmond Times-Dispatch
John Stewart Bryan III, who spent more than 50 years as the fourth and final generation of his family to work in the media business, died Saturday.
Mr. Bryan, longtime chairman of Media General Inc. and former publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, suffered a fall at his home on Jan. 15 and had been hospitalized at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital since then.

Joint statement on barring journalists from the floor of the Virginia Senate

The Virginia Senate this week has decided to move the public's business farther from the public.

The Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Virginia Press Association, and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government are disappointed by Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment's action to refuse to allow journalists onto the Senate floor to cover the General Assembly proceedings, as reported by The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Washington Post and others. Norment has banished the press to cramped quarters where it is difficult to do its job.


Sign up now for the 2016 VPA Sales Conference


Mon, Jun 06 2016

The Virginia Press Association is accepting registrations for its 2016 Sales Conference, set for Monday, June 6 at VPA headquarters in Glen Allen.

Mike Centorani, co-founder of Sales Transformation Now, Inc., is the speaker for the day, leading sessions on "Selling in the Real World" and "Tools for Long-Term Sales Success." In addition there will be two breakout sessions. Tony Clark leads a program on "How to Overcome Objections" and Julie Landversicht will speak on "Digital Selling."