News

WVU student leader perks higher than elsewhere

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The student body president and vice president at West Virginia University receive far greater benefits for their service than some of their counterparts in the Big 12 conference. On top of getting their tuition paid for in full, they receive a $6,500 stipend for the current academic year. The stipend is part […]

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Federal agency cuts allowable coal mine dust level

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sen. Jay Rockefeller — joined by coal miners and leaders of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Mine Safety and Health Administration — declared war on black lung disease Wednesday, April 23. They gathered at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) facility in Morgantown to announce the release […]

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Yeager Airport Police deal with stolen rental cars

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Rental car thieves considering Charleston’s Yeager Airport a prime target of opportunity may want to think about taking their business elsewhere. Of 13 vehicles stolen from the five rental car companies doing business at the airport during the past year, 12 have been recovered and 11 suspects have been arrested, thanks to […]

By April 24, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad opens 2014 season with Cottontail Express

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad opens 2014 season with Cottontail Express

  ELKINS, W.Va. – The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad opens its 2014 season on Saturday, April 19, with “a fun excursion for families celebrating springtime weather and the Easter weekend.” “The Cottontail Express pulls out of the Elkins Depot at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a 90-minute hop down the rails, all the […]

By April 17, 2014 Read More →

New Book tells story of hope and Christ’s second coming

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — A new book about a West Virginia tragedy shows how a nightmare became hope as a young man accused of murdering his father finds hope in the spirit of Jesus Christ. “With a trial for the murder of his father still looming in the distance … Scott Harrison brings the truth to light […]

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Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Many have learned advantages of computers, Internet

Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Many have learned advantages of computers, Internet

CHARLESTON, W.VA. —  Future Generations Graduate School and Mission West Virginia know the Mountain State, from Pendleton County to Kanawha County and beyond. Based in West Virginia, these nonprofit educational organizations have trained West Virginia residents for several years to use computers and access information through the Internet. They are having success. From 2010-13, more […]

By April 4, 2014 Read More →

Opinion

Morrisey: TV good guy on the public’s dime

An editorial by The Spirit of Jefferson: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Last week’s Spirit included a short but important story about decisions related to how Attorney General Patrick Morrisey went after a convenience store owner for price gouging after the January chemical leak into Elk River sent hundreds of thousands of West Virginians scrambling for bottled water. Turns out, […]

By April 24, 2014 Read More →
Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Federal report focuses on West Virginia training success

Wild, Wonderful & Wired: Federal report focuses on West Virginia training success

A WVPA Shared Commentary: CHARLESTON, W.Va.  —  We have learned that technology allows us to know more about our world. Each wave of new technology – from telegraph to telephone to radio to television – brings about new ways to communicate. We are seeing it again today with broadband – the gateway to the Internet. […]

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Laws to suppress mudslinging can stifle speech

An editorial from The Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. — By nature, and by profession, we do not like lies. As journalists, we’re truth tellers. Or at least we attempt to get at the truth through research, attribution, documents and comments from people on either side of an issue. Sometimes it ends up with “telling […]

By April 24, 2014 Read More →

Industry News

Employment opportunity: Civitas Media looking for reporter

WILLIAMSON, W.VA. —  Civitas Media is looking for a full-time general assignment reporter for the Williamson (W.Va.) Daily News. “Applicants must have a passion for local news and features, and should have basic photography skills. Excellent first job for a recent college graduate or for a reporter looking for an opportunity to advance with a company […]

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The Journal’s ‘All Access’ to launch on Wednesday

The Journal’s ‘All Access’ to launch on Wednesday

  MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Wednesday, The Journal will launch All Access as a part of current print subscriptions, and for future subscribers either with a print subscription or a digital-only subscription. Every page, every story and every advertisement will now be available to our subscribers electronically regardless of where they are located. Beginning Wednesday as […]

By April 22, 2014 Read More →
Nominations for Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award open until May 1

Nominations for Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award open until May 1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association is accepting nominations for the 2014 Adam R. Kelly Premier Journalist Award through May 1. The award is the highest individual honor bestowed by the West Virginia Press Association. It’s given each year in recognition of an individual’s service to the newspapers in the state, the West Virginia Press Association and to the individual’s […]

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Photos

Students’ urban hike takes artistic route
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Now that’s a cow lick

Now that’s a cow lick

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Area tykes had the chance to get hands-on fun at the WVU Farm on Tuesday, April 22, as part of the annual Kiddie Days. Ethan Raines, 5, visited with his class from the Jungle Junction in Shinnston. He saw cows, sheep, ducks and other animals. Kiddie Days is an annual activity at […]

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A newspaper hat for Earth Day

A newspaper hat for Earth Day

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By April 23, 2014 Read More →

Blog: WVPress Extra

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 surrounding information on concealed weapons […]

By March 28, 2014 Read More →
Blog: wvpress extra — The 2014 Hoops Challenge

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 or Friday, we decided to […]

By March 18, 2014 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 various forms of social media. […]

By February 10, 2014 Read More →

Other Recent News

Alleged murder plot suggests jail ‘culture’ not fixed

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Last year, the West Virginia Jail Authority took steps to try to root out what officials called a culture of inappropriateness at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. The jail’s administrator was replaced after a period of significant staff turnover and two abuse cases in late 2012 […]

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The Associated Press shares 10 things to know Thursday, April 24

Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, April 24, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers. 1. OBAMA TO PUTIN: MORE SANCTIONS `TEED UP’ The president accuses Russia of failing […]

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Speeches could sway war on coal

An editorial from The Inter-Mountain ELKINS, W.Va. — It might surprise some Coloradans to learn that two-thirds of their electricity is generated in coal-fired power plants. Likewise, Missouri residents may not know 83 percent of their power comes from coal. In Michigan, certainly not thought of by most people as a “coal state,” about half […]

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