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SPJVPA16: Pros offer tips for editing copy

By Janeal Downs

A good news story means more than presenting information as an inverted pyramid and applying AP style. In today’s newsrooms, reporters also must be copy editors and turn in articles that are as ready for publication as possible.

At the VPA/SPJ Region 2 Conference, two experienced editors offered advice on how journalists can better copy-edit themselves. Karen Denny, director of the Annapolis Bureau of Maryland Capital News Service, and Suzanne Wardle, copy editor and books editor for The Roanoke Times, led a session titled “Stop Errors in Their Tracks: Copy Editing for Everyone.”

Both Wardle and Denny have had their fair share of editing reporters’ work: Wardle joined The Times’ copy desk in 2006, and Denny has been an editor for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service and the Washington Times.

Read the top 10 tips here on spjva.com.

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Articles · Higher Education · VSU

Signs of a Bright Future for VSU

New VSU President speaks on plan for first 100 days at the university

By Janeal Downs

After representatives from the Virginia State University (VSU) board of visitors, faculty, staff, students and community members formed a search committee to find the university’s next president, Dr. Makola Abdullah was chosen to become VSU’s 14th president. While being president is different from his previous positions, Abdullah is humbled but also determined to protect the legacy of the VSU alumni and students. “Trojan nation is a special place. The roots at Virginia State University run deep and I think that it’s one of those things you can’t know until you’re here,” Abdullah said. “I think that’s been one of the most exciting things is to see the depth in which people care and people love Virginia State University. That’s exciting.”

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Henrico to hear arguments for renaming Byrd Middle School after someone, or something else

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – After months of discussion among students, parents and Henrico school leaders, the Henrico School Board will officially take public comments about changing the name of Harry F. Byrd Middle School. The West End school is named after the former United States Senator and Virginia Governor who, among other things, fought to keep Virginia schools segregated.

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VCU activists march into president’s building, demand changes

By Noura Bayoumi and Janeal Downs
VCU IPADJORNOUS

RICHMOND, Va. — Inspired by student activists at the University of Missouri, a group of VCU students and activists marched into VCU president Michael Rao’s office building Thursday morning to demand a more inclusive college environment from university leadership and faculty.

VCU senior Attalah Shabazz helped organize the sit-in in the lobby of the president’s office building on Franklin Street with around 20 students as well as a large rally on Wednesday with around 200 students at the Compass, the university’s central square.

Read more and watch the accompanying videos here at wtvr.com.

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Gecker or Sturtevant? See which one voters chose at the ballot box

By VCU IPADJORNOUS

RICHMOND, Va. — Come Election Day Tuesday, all eyes were on the senate race in district 10 as Virginia voters headed to the polling stations. The outcome of the race between Democrat Dan Gecker and Republican Glen Sturtevant and the Independent and Libertarian challengers will decide the balance in the state senate and the future of the Medicaid expansion debate in Virginia.

Read more and watch the accompanying videos here at wtvr.com.

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Pushed: Bullies & Bystanders

“Pushed: Bullies & Bystanders” works to create a safe place for children  

By Janeal Downs

Fat, stupid or gay. These are just a few examples of words that accompany bullying, a phenomenon that is all too real and hurtful to children. “They seem like playful harmless teasing, but in fact they’re mean and hurtful,” Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates said about the negative effects of bullying. “Kids can go into major depression or even retaliation mode.” Pettiford-Wates is the director and facilitator for the collectively authored play and workshop of the Anti-Bullying Coalition (ABC) play, Pushed: Bullies & Bystanders. With this play they hope to bring awareness to the effects of bullying.

Read more here at urbanviewsweekly.com.

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Black List: August Wilson

100 years of African American voices: Black List presents August Wilson’s work

By Janeal Downs

When Mary Shaw was in school minoring in Theatre, she was never exposed to black playwrights. That was until a professor introduced her to the work of August Wilson. “I had never read a play, or plays, before that struck me in such a way,” Shaw said. “The reason why was because Wilson not only spoke about the black experience, but spoke about it in a way that illustrated that black Americans are not so different from any other Americans.” Shaw said Wilson helped show that all races long for the same things, “intimacy, closeness, happiness and money.” Shaw was so moved by Wilson’s work, she felt compelled to do something and now with Black List, she is doing just that.

Read more here at urbanviewsweekly.com.

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International visitors cherish Richmond’s charm

By Noura Bayoumi and Janeal Downs
VCU IPADJORNOUS

With more than 70 countries represented this week at the UCI Road World Championships, international visitors and foreigners living in the U.S. could all be seen cheering on the sidelines at the downtown race course. And most of them praised the city’s welcoming atmosphere and Southern charm.

Carmen Olay came to visit Richmond to support the Colombian cyclists. She enjoys not only supporting Colombia, but also the American team. In comparison to her hometown, she said Richmond is a lot more calm.

“It is very beautiful, very clean,” Olay said about Richmond. “And the people are very friendly.”

Read more and watch the accompanying videos here at wtvr.com.

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‘I really don’t want to be trapped’ student with disabilities anxious over UCI Road World Championships

By Noura Bayoumi and Janeal Downs
VCU IPADJORNOUS

One step after the other will lead most people across VCU’s temporary black and yellow pedestrian bridges in order to cross West Main and Franklin streets during the UCI Road World Championships this week. But Antoine Craig, a VCU student living with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition through which the eyes are no longer able to receive light and that causes extreme tunnel vision, doesn’t find crossing the street during the race an easy task to do.

“I really don’t want to be trapped in my apartment the whole time, so it creates a little bit of anxiety,” Craig said. “I wish there was a better way for the entities to control these types of decisions, to reach out to people with disabilities and include them in the decision making [process]. They made so many ramps to cross the street but I don’t think they really thought about ADA or people with disabilities at all.”

Read more and watch the accompanying videos here at wtvr.com.

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The bike race is here and commuters need to get ready for detours and delays

By Noura Bayoumi and Janeal Downs
VCU IPADJORNOUS

Whether GRTC buses, taxis or Uber, almost all forms of transportation in Richmond will be affected by the UCI Road World Championships starting this weekend.

“We expect delays not because of the alternate routes, but because of the traffic and the increase of people and the fact that we have to operate in the same traffic as everybody else,” said GRTC public relations manager Carrie Rose Pace.

Read more and watch the accompanying videos here at wtvr.com.