Virginia Professional Communicators

Journalist and author Beth Macy, champion of the ‘Factory Man,’ is VPC Newsmaker 2015

macy_red_smile For more than past 25 years, the Roanoke Times has featured well-written, substantial stories by Beth Macy. As she writes on her website, “Intrepid Paper Girl,” her beat has encompassed “a displaced furniture factory worker, a veteran with PTSD and a group of Somali Bantu refugees who are finally getting outside the public housing apartment they’ve been stuck in for five years — and doing what they loved before the war tore their lives apart: digging in the dirt.”

FMpaperback cover For a sample of her excellent work, read Macy’s last article for the paper. Macy has made news herself with the publication of “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town.”


Earned, owned, paid —hear about the three kinds of media you must master

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Register now for the fall VPC meeting!

Registration is now open for the VPC Fall Meeting, scheduled for Oct. 16 at Virginia Press Association in Richmond.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at VPA, located at 11529 Nuckols Rd, Glen Allen. The first speaker, Jon Newman, owner of The Hodges Partnership, will conduct a workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. called “PR is Spelled EOP” on earned, owned and paid media.

Our fall meeting and luncheon will be from 1-3 p.m. and will include the presentation of the 2015 Agnes Cooke Scholarship to Katie Shepherd and the Newsmaker of the Year Beth Macy, author of the award-winning “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town.”

From 4-5 p.m., there will be an optional post-meeting group tour of “The Story of Virginia” at the Virginia Historical Society, then dinner as a group (paid on your own) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


Virginia Professional Communicators Names Linda Evans as 2015 Communicator of Achievement

Evans. Linda (casual 2)Linda Evans, who worked for four decades in journalism and communications in higher education, was named the Communicator of Achievement by Virginia Professional Communicators during its spring conference Saturday, May 2, 2015.

COA is the highest honor bestowed by VPC. Evans will go on to compete against other state winners for the National Federation of Press Women COA honor. The award is bestowed upon members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession.

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treasureTwo of Linda Salisbury’s books in the Bailey Fish Adventure series have won top honors.“Treasure in Sugar’s Book Barn,” won gold for Best Children’s Fiction in the President’s Book Awards sponsored by the Florida Publishers Association. And, her newest book, “Earthquake Surprise,” took a bronze medal in the prestigious Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the pre-teen fiction category.


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