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Committees

The major work of the Press Association is done by committees of newspaper executives throughout the MDDC footprint. In addition to marshaling and applying newspaper expertise in various disciplines, for most of the committees, participation is the main avenue to association leadership.

To join any of these committees, you may contact either the committee chair or Rebecca Snyder.

Editorial Committee | Editorial FOIA/PIA Subcommittee | Executive Committee | Government Affairs Committee | Advertising Committee | Audience Development Committee | Public Notice Committee


EDITORIAL COMMITTEE

The Editorial Committee has these main charges:
•    Make recommendations for the annual MDDC editorial contest
•    Help oversee the annual MDDC internship (Reese Cleghorn) program, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and placing interns with member papers.
•    Select the winner of the annual MDDC high school journalist of the year scholarship
•    Coordinate any regional or statewide initiative/projects that could improve access public documents and act as a clearinghouse for those issues. Areas include FOI, PIA and access to court documents, emails, police incident reports, etc.
•    Provide feedback and recommendations for training and professional development topics

Jake Womer
Editorial Committee Chair
Intern program working group Chair
Editor, The Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Hagerstown, MD

Trif Alatzas
Chair of FOIA & PIA Issues Working Group
Publisher & Executive Editor, The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, MD

Wayne Carter
Editor, The Carroll County Times
Westminster, MD

Dan Divilio
Editor, Kent County News
Easton, MD

Len Lazarick
Publisher, Maryland Reporter
Columbia, MD

Jim Lee
Managing Editor, The Dover Post
Dover, DE

Jake Owens
Editor, Cecil Whig
Elkton, MD

Angie Price
Chair of HS Journalist of the Year working group
Editor, Bay Times
Stevensville, MD

Sean Yoes
Baltimore Editor, AFRO-American Newspapers
Baltimore, MD


EDITORIAL COMMITTEE FOIA/PIA SUBCOMMITTEE

Coordinates any regional or statewide initiative/projects that could improve access public documents and acts as a clearinghouse for those issues.  Areas include FOI, PIA and access to court documents, emails, police incident reports, etc.

Trif Alatzas
Chair of FOIA & PIA Issues Working Group
Publisher & Executive Editor, The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, MD

Tom Baden
Editor, The Daily Record
Baltimore, MD

Sandy Banisky
Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism
Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Jeremy Cox
City Hall Reporter, The Daily Times
Salisbury, MD

Chris Eddings
Principal, CAE Ideas

Phil Freedman
Local Editor, The News Journal
New Castle, DE

Brian J. Karem
Executive Editor, The Sentinel Newspapers
Seabrook, MD

Deborah Nelson
Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism
Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland
College Park, MD

Ben Penserga
Content Strategist: Interior Shore, The Daily Times
Salisbury, MD

Craig O'Donnell
Content Producer, The Dover Post
Dover, DE

Andy Schotz
Herald-Mail
Hagerstown, MD

Mike Semel
Local Editor, The Washington Post
Washington, DC

Chuck Tobin
Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Washington, DC


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee is composed of the officers of the Press Association Board of Directors (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Immediate Past President) and oversees various programs of the Association.  They act as the Finance Committee, overseeing the Association's investment plan, financial reports and cash management.  They act as the Nominating Committee, presenting a slate of board for directors and officers for the November Board meeting.   Finally, they act as the Hall of Fame Committee, soliciting nominations and recommending candidates to the Board for the MDDC Newspaper Hall of Fame.  

 

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The Government Affairs committee monitors legislative, judicial and executive agency activities affecting our industry and recommends action to the board of directors. It promotes legislative initiatives in all areas of the business.

Jim McLaughlin – Chair
Deputy General Counsel, The Washington Post
Washington, DC

Chris Eddings
Owner & Consultant, caeIDEAS
Baltimore, MD

Suzanne Fischer-Huettner
Publisher, The Daily Record
Baltimore, MD

Scott Goss
Government reporter, The News Journal
New Castle, DE

Andy Green
Editorial Page Editor, The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, MD

 

ADVERTISING COMMITTEE

The Advertising Committee provides advice and guidance on MDDC’s advertising networks and display programs. It provides feedback and direction for professional development, including training series, networking events and onboarding of sales reps. It advises on best practices and creates programs to target revenue generation in member publications and in print and digital formats. Finally, it advises on advertising content and other sales-related events.

Darel LaPrade – Chair
Senior Vice President, Independent NewsMedia, Inc.
Dover, DE

Elaine Brady
Publisher, Bayside Gazette
Ocean City, MD

Amy Dotson-Newton
Publisher, The Dover Post
Dover, DE

Suzanne Fischer-Huettner
Publisher, The Daily Record
Baltimore, MD

Rebecca Kaplan Haase
Director, Regional Sales, The Washington Post
Washington, DC

Lenora Howze
Advertising Director, The Afro-American Newspapers
Baltimore, MD

Susan Lyons
Publisher, Coastal Point
Ocean View, DE

Adam Malat
Advertising Director, Carroll County Times
Westminster, MD

Blake McCoy
Account Manager, Catholic Review Media
Baltimore, MD

Marty Padden
Advertising Director, Capital-Gazette Communications
Annapolis, MD

Chris Rausch
Sales and Distribution Manager, Cape Gazette
Lewes, DE

Connie Hastings
Advertising Director, FCM Solutions

Zulema Tijero
Advertising Director, El Tiempo Latino
Washington, DC

 

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Audience Development committee is charged with coordinating any regional or statewide initiative/projects that could improve audience development and circulation and act as a clearinghouse for those issues. It also provides feedback and recommendations for training and professional development topics. 

Jake Womer – Chair
Editor, Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Hagerstown, MD

Tracy Bumba
Audience Development, The Daily Record
Baltimore, MD

Brian Compere
The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, MD

Kalani Gordon
Analytics & Digital Products Editor, The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, MD

Kenneth Jarman
The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, MD

Andy West
Executive Editor, Delaware State News
Dover, DE

 

PUBLIC NOTICE COMMITTEE

The Public Notice Committee coordinates any regional or statewide initiative/projects that could improve public notice advertising and act as a clearinghouse for those issues. It also provides feedback and recommendations for training and professional development topics. 

Tom Baden – Chair
Editor, The Daily Record
Baltimore, MD

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