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Annual Conference

News with Integrity Conference & Celebration

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21014

At MDDC Press Association's afternoon conference on Friday, May 11, over 200 publishers, editors and industry professionals will spend the afternoon in Annapolis, MD learning, networking and celebrating together. Make sure you don't miss this!

Winners from the MDDC Editorial | Design | Revenue contest have been announced and will be celebrated at the News with Integrity Conference & Celebration! Click for full printable list.

Register online or download the conference brochure.

Fabulous speakers and engaging round tables on issues important to the industry balance out celebrating winners from the MDDC contest in editorial, design and revenue categories.

Arrival reception & lunch

(11:30  am –12:30 pm)

Enjoy networking and buffet lunch, with remarks from U.S. Congressional Representative Jamie Raskin. (speaking at 11:45 am)   
Exhibitors will be available throughout the day to discuss their latest offerings.

News with Integrity update; High School Journalist of the Year & Hall of Fame presentation

(12:30 pm — 1:30 pm)
Update on the news industry in Maryland, Delaware and DC with special legislative focus.  

Celebrate the lifetime achievements of Deb Cornely of the Dundalk Eagle and Rick Cullen of Morning Star Publications as they are inducted into the MDDC Hall of Fame.

Meet the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year winner Matt Cohen of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

Design, revenue & targeted publication awards

(1:30—2:30 pm)

Special presentation by Rebecca Frank, Director of Research & Insights at News Media Alliance

The winners of the 2017 contest in the revenue (R), design (D) and special section (T) categories will be honored, including Designer of the Year. 

Editorial training tracks

(1:30—2:30 pm)

Choose from roundtable discussions led by industry experts:

  • Reporting with Drones” Chuck Tobin, Ballard Spahr
  • Fighting Fake News Locally” Brian Karem, Montgomery County Sentinel; Peter Jamison, Washington Post; Matthew Albright, News Journal
  • Making Freelancing Work for You” Society of Professional Journalists MD-PRO chapter; Jennifer Brannock Cox, Salisbury University & Ben Penserga, The Daily Times, Charles Pekow, freelance journalist; Lisa Snowden-McCray, freelance journalist
  • Prying Information Loose:  FOIA & PIA Strategies” Miranda Spivack, Reveal, & Frank LoMonte, Brechner Center
  • Visualizing Data & Tools to Use” Emma Patti Harris, Baltimore Sun

Editorial awards

(2:45—4:00 pm)

The winners of the 2017 contest in the editorial (E) categories will be honored, including the James S. Keat FOIA award. 

Advertising & Design training tracks

(2:45—3:45 pm)

Choose from roundtable discussions led by industry experts:

  • "What do Agencies Want?" Lisa Knight, MANSI Media
  • Best Practices in Public Notice” Richard Karpel, Public Notice Resource Center
  • "Turning Social Media into Dollars” John Winn Miller, Friends2Follow
  • Getting your Share of Political Advertising” John Kimball, The Kimball Group
  • Make Your Event Video Pop!” Josh Davidsburg, University of Maryland

Flash sessions

(4:00 —4:20 pm)

Free-form, pick-up discussions on topics suggested throughout the day.  We’ve selected a few to get the ball rolling.

  • Newsprint Tariffs & National Trends”  Tonda Rush, Government Affairs Director, NNA & John Snyder, PAGE Cooperative
  • Briefing on New Law Regulating Online Political Advertisements in MD”  Jared DeMarinis, Maryland State Board of Elections

Keynote speaker & Capstone awards

(4:25—4:55 pm)

Special presentation by Philip Rucker, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and Washington Post White House Bureau Chief

Celebration of organization-wide awards for Website of General Excellence, and News Organization of the Year.

Celebratory reception

(5:00 —5:30 pm)

Snack on appetizers and enjoy beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks while catching up with the winners and checking in with exhibitors on the latest products. 

Take advantage of the red carpet treatment, with roving photographer, selfie station and more. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Title Sponsor: Ballard Spahr LLP

Speaker Sponsor:  Baltimore Sun Media Group, Washington Post

Break Sponsor: Cumberland Times-News, Friends2Follow

Goodie Bag Sponsor: FCM Solutions

Publication Sponsor:  APG Media of Chesapeake

Award Sponsor: AdPay/ Memoriams, an Ancestry company;  Associated Press; Dundalk Eagle; MarylandReporter.com; Metro Creative Graphics; News Media Advertising; The Sentinel Newspapers

Check out offerings from our Exhibitors:

Ballard Spahr
FCM Solutions
MDDC Bulk Advertising Network
Times Shamrock Creative Services
Walterry Insurance Brokers

Area journalism organizations

 Want to support News with Integrity?  Contact Rebecca Snyder to exhibit or purchase a sponsorship today.

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