About the West Virginia Press Association

The West Virginia Press Association serves as the voice of the state’s newspapers, supporting the industry with legislative, legal and training programs, among other initiatives. A nonprofit agency supported by members’ dues, the Association has helped newspapers fulfill their vital public service role since 1869.

WVPA offers a number of ways for newspaper publishers, editors, reporters and advertising personnel to increase their knowledge bases and improve their skills. The annual West Virginia Press Association Convention represents the largest gathering of newspaper officials in the state, with training programs, informal social interaction and the annual Better Newspaper Contest banquet honoring the best work of member newspapers.

In addition to the convention, the full-time staff, 14-member board and fellow newspapers offer educational programs, technical support and legal advice throughout the year. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the West Virginia Press Association, and as always contact us at 304-342-1011 with any additional questions or needs.

Benefits of WVPA

  • Legislative – One of the most important functions the West Virginia Press Association serves is to be the industry’s eyes and ears at the state Legislature. A government relations specialist monitors issues from legal advertising to the Freedom of Information Act, protecting both the First Amendment and business interests of newspaper owners, editors and reporters.
  • Legal – Member newspapers are encouraged to participate in the West Virginia Press Association Legal Hotline, which offers counsel related to FOIA requests, advertising content, libel and related issues.
  • Resource Center – The Association staff serves as an information center for industry members of all levels of experience. If staff members don’t know the answer, they have contacts around the state and country to track it down quickly.
  • Publications – In addition to an annual directory (also available online), the Associate provides a newsletter with news of interest to newspaper professionals. Reference books on legal notices and legal issues also are available. The Association also maintains a website wvpress.org, a Facebook page and Twitter account (@WVPress).
  • Convention – Every August, the West Virginia Press Association sponsors a statewide convention for news and advertising personnel throughout the state. Benefits include professional development workshops, awards to the best work of the previous year, and the ability to network and share ideas with colleagues near and far.
  • Low-Cost Insurance – Members of the West Virginia Press Association have the opportunity to participate in a group insurance plan that may be lower than what is available to a single company or publication.
  • Job Bank – Looking for a reporter, copy editor or editor? We can help. E-mail your opening to ebarnette@wvpress.org and we’ll post it on our redesigned website. Job-seekers also are encouraged to send their resumes to WVPA so member newspapers can search our databank.