Thomas Jefferson is well known as the author of the Declaration of Independence and as this country’s third president, but a new book shows him in another important role, as a geographer.
In the age of GPS, few of us give much thought to maps, but in Thomas Jefferson’s time, they were rarely used to find your way. More likely, you’d have a series of written directions describing landmarks where you should turn or go straight. But Thomas Jefferson knew that nations vying to control North America needed accurate, way-finding maps.
WVTF/RADIO IQ has claimed four awards recognizing excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
The stations received a national Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists for the feature report, “Wild Goose Church.” Reporter Robbie Harris visited Floyd, Va., to hear the story of worshipers who tell of trading pews for rocking chairs, organs for fiddles, and yawns for songs, creating a dynamic, grass-roots celebration of faith, bluegrass, and potluck.
Roanoke Times reporter Beth Macy wrote a controversial story 21 years ago profiling two African American, unwed pregnant teenagers. Macy talks about why she decided to revisit the issue for her final story for the newspaper and how it shaped her career.