Download the Member Benefits Guide for detailed program information, including committee and board membership lists.
Legislative & Lobbying Voice
Members have a strong voice in legislative initiatives affecting the news media. Issues include freedom of information, public notice advertising, and business concerns. We connect members and legislators through events and one-on-one meetings.
Media law experts from Holland & Knight LLP advise members on access and other legal issues relating to the news media industry.
Public Notice & FOIA Issues
Members advocate for the public’s right to know, from keeping public notice in newspapers to shining light on public records. MDDC maintains a clearinghouse of online public notices from member papers and FOIA/PIA and Open Meetings actions, as well as press clips.
Professional development workshops and webinars are offered throughout the year, featuring experts in the field. These sessions currently focus on editorial and sales topics online and at convenient locations. The Career Center section of our website lists open industry jobs and members may post their open positions free of charge.
Advertising Sales & Marketing
Members earn regional and national advertising revenue through bulk advertising. Members may sell into all of our networks at a discount, gaining commissions for their sales reps and increasing their reach for their clients. MDDC Advertising Services, a digital and ROP advertising network, places millions in advertising in member newspapers and websites annually.
Contests & Industry Recognition
Annual editorial and advertising contests highlight achievements by news media professionals and publications throughout the MDDC region. MDDC’s Hall of Fame highlights individuals’ contributions to the industry, while the Distinguished Service award focuses on service to the Association. Press passes are now available for members by request. Speakers Bureau presenters are available to address community and business groups.
Meetings & Events
The Editorial Awards, Advertising Awards, and the Hall of Fame / Distinguished Service award programs are major events. Throughout the year, MDDC hosts networking and professional development events as well as informative webinars on areas of interest.
The Association communicates with members and interested community members through our Friday Planner (electronic), Editorial Awards and Advertising Awards publications, Media Buyers Guide and Annual Report. Many of our publications are delivered to legislators and media buying agencies.
Affinity Partner Programs
Members have access to special discounts and revenue-sharing programs. Current programs include discounted libel insurance through Walterry, programs through the Local Media Association, and national online advertising with BENN.
Student Journalism Programs
The MDDC Press Foundation sponsors a paid internship program for college students who are placed at local member publications as well as the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year scholarship, a competition open to high school seniors throughout the MDDC region.