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By March 28, 2014 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 surrounding information on concealed weapons […]

Blog: wvpress extra — The 2014 Hoops Challenge
By March 18, 2014 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 or Friday, we decided to […]

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By February 10, 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. […]

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Gallery: Newspaper photographers provide visions of winter
By February 8, 2014 Read More →

Gallery: Newspaper photographers provide visions of winter

A blog by Don Smith, WVPA Executive Director: Posted on Feb. 8, 2014. Picture a cold, miserable winter with lots of snow, ice, freezing pipes and dangerous roads. You can almost see the people, bundled up in the bulky winter coats, hats and gloves with steamy breath escaping as they struggle to travel in wintry […]

By January 16, 2014 Read More →

Blog: wvpress extra — Viva La Charleston

Jan. 16, 2014: Viva La Charleston! We greatly appreciate the amazing number of calls and emails from concerned individuals checking on the staff during this water crisis. Water at the office has been flushed, but that has done little to eliminate the fears. Three of four employees still have no “safe” water at their homes. […]

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By January 13, 2014 Read More →

Blog: wvpress extra — Who is suffering the most during the water crisis?

A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith:   Jan. 12, 2014: Who is suffering the most during the water crisis? In downtown Charleston today getting more bottled water and looking at closed restaurants. It’s a warmer day – 45 degrees -and a lot of people are out walking, many carrying supplies. Started thinking about […]

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WVPA Sharing: Newspaper provides multimedia coverage of water crisis
By January 11, 2014 Read More →

WVPA Sharing: Newspaper provides multimedia coverage of water crisis

Video is a must-see item for all WVPA newspapers CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Want to see what West Virginia newspapers are providing “viewers” of the publication’s multimedia features. The Charleston Daily Mail’s Elaine McMillion, with assistance from fellow DM staffer Dave Boucher, gives subscribers an video update of the ongoing water crisis in the regional around […]

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By January 10, 2014 Read More →

Blog: wvpress extra — No immediate crisis for news coverage

A blog by WVPA Executive Director Don Smith: Jan. 10, 2014: No immediate crisis for news coverage. West Virginia newspaper reporters got the word out Thursday and Friday — even throughout the night — about the  4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol chemical leak. During this nine-county state of emergency, West Virginia American Water customers are being advised not to […]

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By January 2, 2014 Read More →

Blog: wvpress extra — Good Morning, 2014

A blog by Don Smith, WVPA Executive Director: Jan. 2, 2014: Good morning, 2014. As we close another year and Christmas season, I would ask that all newspapers send me information on their Christmas Charity events. Many of our newspapers sponsor special Christmas projects. We distribute food, coats, clothes, money and help in so many […]

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