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Ongoing response to Capital Gazette shooting

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MDDC response to Capital Gazette tragedy

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support and emotion as our colleagues and friends at the Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun Media Group pick up the pieces after the tragedy last week at the Capital Gazette offices. Journalists and supporters of a free press were shaken. Our members are taking a deep look at security procedures and how they interact with their communities. MDDC is responding as well. ... More

Honor the fallen by doing our job

Brian Karem, executive editor of The Sentinels and MDDC vice-president
During the American Revolution community newspapers in the embryonic country bound citizens together with provocative editorials and news of the day as citizens rose up to break free of the tyranny of a King. Many newspapers published the Declaration of Independence and helped to popularize the founding principles of our nascent country.
The Tories saw the news as divisive and slanted.
The Patriots proclaimed freedom of speech against despotic rule.
During the Civil War community newspapers in a divisive country kept track of the dead, the battles and helped inform citizens with editorials and news often seen as opinionated and slanted.
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Attack on Capital Gazette shocks journo community

Thursday, five staffers of the Capital Gazette were killed while serving their community in a planned attack by a gunman with a grudge against the paper. In minutes, over 75 years of newspaper experience vanished and nearly a quarter of the staff is gone. Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith did what thousands of our members do every day. Go to work and try and put out the best news and publication possible. Their deaths have sent shock waves through the tight-knit journalism community and through the nation. What can we do? ... More

MDDC grieves with the Capital Gazette

On behalf of the members of the MDDC Press Association: Today, friends, colleagues and courageous journalists were shot at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Our hearts go out to the families and to the victims and we stand ready to help members of our fellow newsroom in any way.

The Capital Gazette is a critical part of the community in Annapolis and in our Association. We stand firmly with them and grieve their losses.

Robin Quillon, President of the MDDC Board of Directors (and publisher of the Cumberland Times-News) on behalf of the Board of Directors of MDDC Press Association

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MDDCnews.com readies for new rollout

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