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From the Editor: Trump’s Twitter beef with the press isn’t about partisanship but power

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I recently wrote about what some call “fake news,” a term that is inexact to the point of uselessness. It generally means stories presented to mislead by including fabricated material, whether in whole or in part.… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: With ‘fake news,’ Salem High journalists teach a lesson about critical thinking

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I read with interest when Eric Hodies of The Virginian-Pilot reported that student journalists at Salem High School made up a story and published it this month to teach a lesson about what some call “fake news.” … Continue Reading

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From the Editor: A word about the art of Rick Friday; reintroducing The Independent News’ community work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Farmer, writer and artist Rick Friday, whose cartoons appear in The Independent News, made national news last year after a cartoon criticizing salaries of Big Ag executives angered an advertiser of Farm News, which canned him.… Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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