Times Media CEO Peter Arundel was recently honored by local and state educators as his name was added to the Virginia School Boards Association's Media Honor Roll.
The Media Honor Roll, a statewide list, recognizes media representatives who report accurate school news and maintain a good relationship with local school systems.
"The state is generous to acknowledge our support of schools in Northern Virginia and the Piedmont,” said Arundel. “We regard education as a core investment in the strength of our community."
According to Gina Patterson, deputy executive director of the VSBA, the Media Honor Roll was started more than a decade ago as a way for individual school boards to recognize their local reporters for fair and accurate reporting.
“They're not asking for reporting one way or the other in favor of the board, just fair and balanced reporting as a way of keeping the community informed,” she said. “As we all know, the media has the ability to shape the community's attitude.”
Arundel's name was added by the Prince William County School Board over the summer.
During a special dinner in September to honor Arundel and other reporters, School Board Chairman Milt Johns said that while school officials are effective at getting their message out through social media, websites and emails, “there is nothing like a community-focused news outlet to reach a wide audience in Prince William County.”
“Your reporting is balanced and provides special insight into the programs that make Prince William County Public Schools stand out as a world-class school division,” he said. “You are diligent in getting the facts and presenting the story in a manner that informs without sensationalizing.”
The “Gainesville Times” and “Prince William Times” provide more than 44,000 newspapers to Prince William residents each Wednesday.
The papers are part of the Times Community Media family, which also includes the “Fauquier Times,” “Loudoun Times-Mirror,” “Culpeper Times” and “Piedmont Business Journal.”
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