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WV Press convention opens tonight with reception honoring Parkersburg’s Jim Spanner

Educational seminars open to print and broadcast media

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Innovate” is the theme for this weekend’s West Virginia Press Association 2018 Convention, which starts tonight with a reception honoring WVPA President Jim Spanner, publisher of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. 

“The theme this year — Innovate — focuses on the need of every newspaper to continually develop new programs and approaches for journalism and advertising — as well as the delivery of those products — to meet the demands of our readers and customers and face the challenges from our competition,” said WVPA Executive Director Don Smith.

One new innovation is a partnership with West Virginia University’s Academic Media Day experts and researchers on the convention presentations. The WVPA and WVU have opened the presentations to broadcast as well as print media to ensure all West Virginia media benefits from this annual educational training.

The three-day event continues Friday and Saturday at Embassy Suites in Charleston, W.Va.

During the convention, the WVPA recognized its top efforts in advertising and journalism across West Virginia.

“The convention schedule also allows media from across West Virginia to experience the many unique opportunities Charleston offers. With Thursday night’s visit to the Clay Center for the President’s Reception, Friday evening’s family activities including “Live on the Levee” and time throughout convention to visit and shop, it’s a great chance to enjoy Charleston,” Smith said.


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