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December 2, 2022

Photo by Alexa Welch Edlund for Richmond Times-Dispatch

Some Richmond-area high school football players are marketing themselves with QR codes

By Tim Pearrel for Richmond Times-Dispatch

As a 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior wide receiver/cornerback, Kyree Richardson needs a little something extra to help college football recruiters remember him.

So when they come by Manchester High School or Richardson is at a camp or on a recruiting visit, he usually hands them something he hopes will get their attention: a business card with a QR code.

The card has Richardson’s name, school, picture, height, weight, GPA, phone number and social media names. Hovering over the QR code with a phone takes a recruiter to his highlight films on his Hudl page.

Call it another creative strategy to make you stand out in the ever-evolving world of recruiting, where marketing yourself is part of the deal.

Read the full article at Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Metro opens $3B Silver Line extension

By Courtney Mabeus for Virginia Business

As a cold rain fell around noon Tuesday, leaders from Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority cut the ribbon on the $3 billion second phase of Metro’s Silver Line, extending rail service 11.4 miles to six stations and stretching into Loudoun County.

Minutes later, they crowded onto a 7000-series train waiting alongside a slippery platform at Washington Dulles International Airport with hundreds of others, applauding when an operator welcomed them on an inaugural ride to Ashburn.

Read the full article at Virginia Business.

Photo: Billy Schuerman for The Virginian-Pilot

‘I want to keep going’: 100-year-old Norfolk lawyer has practiced law for 74 years

By Peter Dujardin for The Virginian-Pilot

Some people live for 74 years.

Others practice law for that long — and counting.

Meet Stanley Sacks, a 100-year-old Norfolk attorney who has practiced since 1948. That makes him the longest-serving attorney in the state at any point since the Virginia State Bar began keeping records in 1938.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.


Faces of Journalism – Jane Harper of The Virginian-Pilot

Sometimes, journalists stumble into big stories. 

Many times though, it’s the dogged and relentless reporting – and experience that goes with it – that turns a small nugget into a front-page headline.

Read more on Virginia News Reader.

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Local filmmaker, historical society to premiere Documentary on the Town of Orange

By Andrew Hollins for Orange County Review

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Orange, local historian and documentarian, Phil Audibert, has spent the better part of the past year working on “Unqualified Promise,” a film about the history of Orange County.

Read the full article at Orange County Review.

Photo by Grandin Theatre Film Lab

Roanoke’s Film Lab after-school program is turning out student filmmakers

By Michael Hemphill for Cardinal News

Starring black-tied guests receiving red carpet treatment, Roanoke’s historic Grandin Theatre recently celebrated its 90th anniversary of screening independent, classic and blockbuster movies produced by filmmakers from around the world.

Less heralded but deserving its own limelight, the Grandin since 2016 has been producing its own award-winning movies through its after-school program called Film Lab.

Read the full article at Cardinal News.

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