Virginia now has a fresh set of eyes and ears covering Virginia state government with the launch of the Virginia Statehouse News Bureau (VSN). VSN is a group of seasoned and talented journalists covering issues of importance to Virginians. VSN is a product of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a national nonprofit journalism organization.
“The emergence of the Virginia Statehouse News Bureau is a direct response to the recent cutbacks by cash-strapped news organizations and the gaping hole in capitol news coverage,” said Franklin Center President Jason Stverak. “With the decreasing media presence at state capitols fewer media watchdogs are working to keep our elected officials and bureaucrats accountable. The journalists at VSN are experienced and dedicated and will fill the void in Virginia capitol news coverage.”
The VSN staff includes managing editor Scott Reeder and Virginia Statehouse news bureau chief Seth McLaughlin. Old Dominion Watchdog reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham and reporter Elizabeth Hillgrove will also be contributing to the website. Reeder has been a newspaper reporter and editor for 22 years. He covered the Illinois Legislature for a chain of newspapers for 10 of those years and captured more than 20 national journalism awards. McLaughlin’s work has appeared in Politico, The Washington Diplomat and World Politics Review. Prior to joining Virginia Statehouse News, he worked as a freelancer in Washington, D.C., covering national and international politics. Before that, he worked for nearly three years as Virginia bureau chief for The Washington Times and as a reporter at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island.
VSN operates under a “steal our stuff” model. Meaning that their mission to supply robust, far reaching coverage of state house and government news, and they encourage broadcasters, media organizations & citizen journalists to utilize their content. VSN will share its reports in audio, video and text formats through the internet, new media and traditional mediums such as newspapers and radio. To view Virginia Statehouse News content visit virginiastatehousenews.com.
Virginia Statehouse News Bureau is an initiative of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Founded in January of 2009, The Franklin Center is a nonpartisan organization that believes that new technology can advance the cause of transparency in government. The Franklin Center aims to educate, to advise and to train individuals and organizations from all backgrounds to become thorough, unbiased and responsible reporters well versed in new media techniques and journalistic integrity. For more information on the Franklin Center please visit www.FranklinCenterHQ.org.
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