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Annual Conference

Local News Builds Communities Conference & Celebration

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, MD 21014

At MDDC Press Association's conference on Friday, May 10, over 200 publishers, editors and industry professionals will spend the day 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!

Register online or download the conference brochure.

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

9:30  am –10:00 am

Enjoy networking and coffee before the program begins. Exhibitors will be available to discuss their latest offerings.

Training & Discussion tracks—Session 1
10:00 am —10:45 am

Educational sessions led by industry experts, including:


  • Police Records in the Region: Andy Schotz, The Herald-Mail (moderator); Capt. Herbert Hasenpusch, Anne Arundel Co. Police; Lisa Kershner, MD PIA Ombudsman;  Sgt. Amy Miguez, Annapolis Police
  • Building sources on a beat: Brian Karem, Just Ask The Question & David Nakamura, Washington Post


  • Best practices in public notice:  Tom Baden, The Daily Record (moderator); Chris Eddings, former president of PNRC; Jake Owens, Cecil Whig
  • Generate more dollars from MDDC advertising program: Darel LaPrade, INI (moderator); Kevin Berrier, MDDC Press Services; Wanda Smith, MDDC Press Services


  • Legislative Update: Rebecca Snyder, MDDC (moderator); Danielle Coffey, News Media Alliance; Max Mishkin, Ballard Spahr; Jim McLaughlin, Washington Post


Training & Discussion tracks—Session 2
11:00 am —11:45 am

Educational sessions led by industry experts, including:


  • Newsroom legal topics: Chuck Tobin & Chad Bowman, Ballard Spahr
  • Asking the hard questions:  Brian Karem, Just Ask The Question & David Nakamura, Washington Post  


  • News Advertising Panorama: Rebecca Frank, News Media Alliance
  • Guide to cannabis advertising: Tim Thomas, The Baltimore Sun (moderator); Ashlie Bagwell, Harris Jones & Malone; Cynthia Sanders, Baker Donelson; Jen White, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission


  • Shifting the Power in Workplaces: Sonya Gavankar, Freedom Forum Institute

Lunch with keynote; Courage in Journalism award
12:00 pm — 1:00 pm

Update on the role of local news featuring a special guest speaker.  Honor MDDC’s first Courage in Journalism award recipient and meet the Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year winner.

Awards program
1:00—3:30 pm

The winners of the 2018 contest will be honored, including the James S. Keat award and organizational awards.

Champagne and Cookie Reception
3:30 —4:30 pm

Snack on cookies 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

Celebration Sponsor:  The Daily Record


 Want to support the program?  Contact Rebecca Snyder to exhibit or purchase a sponsorship today.

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