WVPA Convention

When will West Virginia recover?

By Don Smith WV Press Executive Director It’s been four days since the flood. State and national officials have declared much of the state a disaster area. The recovery has started. But when will the flood recovery end? We should not consider the flood recovery finished until the elderly women stop[Read More…]

wvpress extra — Conference Call set for Charter School Discussion

The West Virginia Press Association is working to arrange trainings, webinars and events to help our newspapers in all departments. On the editorial side, we have a FOIA handbook in the works, will be promoting webinars and are working to arrange some interviews by telephone conference and webinar for statewide “hot[Read More…]

WVPA to provide membership with media badges

A note from the WVPA: Recently, a few newspapers have inquired about the WVPA providing endorsed media badges or parking passes for their newsrooms We’re happy to announce to our membership that the WVPA will now be creating personal media pass credentials to our editors, reporters and photographers upon request[Read More…]

Blog: wvpress extra — Bring a jacket to Convention 2014

Aug. 5, 2014: Everyone is excited and working hard to prepare for WVPA Convention 2014.  Just a reminder for you when packing your suitcase for Canaan Valley Resort and Convention 2014. And please share this with any staff members, your spouse or guests who will be attending convention with you. We are expecting sunny weather on Thursday[Read More…]

Blog: wvpress extra — Always stand for the public’s right to know

A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith: March 28, 2014: The Freedom of Information Act battle brewing between the The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register newspapers and the Ohio County Sheriff  is one every newspaper editor in the nation should watch. Look at the Columbia Journalism Review’s story on the situation[Read More…]

Blog: wvpress extra — The 2014 Hoops Challenge

  A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith Posted March 16, 2014: The West Virginia girls’ basketball state tournament was an exciting challenge for the WVPA staff. Our plans called for providing a few photos, but when we realized The Associated Press was not covering any games on Wednesday, Thursday[Read More…]

Do we undervalue our editors and copy desk staff?

A blog by Don Smith, WVPA Executive Director: Posted on Feb. 9, 2014. With newspapers competing for audience share in today’s 24-hour cycle, in newsrooms around the state, our editors  and copy desk staffers are being challenged to maintain our journalist standards on multiple platforms: print editions, online editions and[Read More…]

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