Media: Virginian-Pilot workshop an opportunity for local high school students interested in journalism

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Virginian-Pilot is accepting applications for its 31st summer journalism workshop, an opportunity for local high school students to work with professionals in the region’s leading newsroom — and develop skills and stories. The free workshop is… Continue Reading


The Independent News recognized with three awards during annual Virginia Press Association contest

BY CHRISTOPHER MELE The Independent News won three awards – two for news and one for photography – from the Virginia Press Association at a ceremony on Saturday, April 8, in Short Pump. The honors were given for works published… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Thanking the Virginia Beach agriculture department and Excellence in Agriculture committee; The Indy heads to Richmond

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Jane Bloodworth Rowe wrote a story in a recent paper about the Morris family, who earned the 2016 Excellence in Agriculture Award for generations of work.  And coverage of the banquet this past month appeared in… Continue Reading


Excellence in Agriculture recognition for Morris family, master gardeners, The Independent News; David Salmons earns Clean Water Farm Award

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE OCEANFRONT – Nelson Eddy Morris thanked God for allowing his family to be “stewards of His creation” during the 2016 Excellence in Agriculture banquet on Thursday, March 16, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Morris, his… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Use of anonymous sources sometimes a moral choice for journalists, seldom an easy one

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — There is discussion of anonymous sources on the national scene, which is timely because I made a decision to use an unidentified source in a story published earlier this month in an edition of The Independent… Continue Reading


PAINCast: A conversation with Chris Gilchrist of The Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I’ve posted our first podcast, a conversation from earlier this year with Chris Gilchrist about the coming Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing. Gilchrist, a licensed clinical social worker, is the longtime leader… Continue Reading


Column: A break from Facebook is a chance for a new journey — reactivating real life

BY HEATHER P. LEE VIRGINIA BEACH — There is an old poem that I love by Mary Elizabeth Frye called “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep.”  I have had cause to think about this recently because I have decided… Continue Reading


From the Editor: Real, local journalism means as much as ever

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Pope Francis did not endorse President-elect Trump. The story about the FBI agent “suspected” in the Clinton email leaks being found dead in a murder-suicide is bunk, and The Denver Guardian, which “broke” that story, is not… Continue Reading


Media: Hoeft named publisher for conservative news, opinion outlets of Virginia Line Media

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Virginia Line Media, LLC, parent company for conservative news and opinion outlets such as Bearing Drift, recently named Jim Hoeft as the publisher for all of the outlets produced under its umbrella. Hoeft founded Bearing Drift in… Continue Reading


‘Volunteer,’ an exclusive excerpt from The Leper Spy by Ben Montgomery

Ed. note — Josefina Guerrero, known as Joey, was a top spy for the Allies during World War II, saving lives while suffering from leprosy during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Author Ben Montgomery tells her story in his… Continue Reading