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WV Press Association hosting virtual legal advertising training session Thursday at 10 a.m.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association will be hosting monthly legal advertising discussion/training sessions for newspapers staff members.

The next 30-minute session is Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. The topics will include servicing legal orders, customer notification, and will feature a best ideas discussion for covering lunch breaks, sick days, vacations and along with plans for covering emails and voice mails.

Newspaper staffers can join the zoom by using this link:

“Public notice and legal advertisements are a vital service provided by newspapers in communities across the West Virginia, said Don Smith, WVPA executive director.

“The training sessions are to ensure newspaper staff members are educated on the requirements of legal advertising. Like all businesses and industries in West Virginia, the newspaper industry is experiencing retirements and staffing turning over. The West Virginia Press Association board of directors is focused on assisting our newspaper in providing good customer service for all public notices and legal ads,” Smith explained, adding that the legal advertising program at the WVPA Convention will continue on its annual basis.

“Our newspapers are advocates of internet expansion and broadband development. We will use virtual training where possible and we will visit all newspapers where internet service makes zoom training impractical,” Smith said.

Newspapers and staffers participating in the trainings will receive certificates in recognition of the staff education development.

To assist newspapers with legal advertising and making the public more aware of legal advertising, WV Press is posting its Legal Advertising Handbook and a series of house ads for newspapers to use.

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