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Congratulations to the 2020 Contest winners!

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MDDC Sunshine Week Project: Agencies have patchwork approach to tracking public records requests

Led by Andy Schotz, editor of Bethesda Beat, and Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi, MDDC's public policy intern and UMD Merrill College of Journalism graduate student, MDDC conducted a one-month test of government agencies in Maryland. This project revealed a patchwork of approaches in how public records are tracked and how requests for access are filled.

The Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association in February filed requests for public information with 31 state agencies, counties, municipalities and school systems. The idea was to look at trends in the number of public records requests they received over a three-year period and what effect the COVID-19 pandemic had, if any, on their responses.
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Eight journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2021

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MDDC Press Foundation receives $20,000 pledge from the Nutting Foundation

The gift will memorialize reporter Jeremy Arias by supporting the MDDC internship program. ... More

Journalists continue vital work at U.S. Capitol

Journalists coming into work in Washington on Wednesday braced for a heavy news day. Certifying the presidential election results, a planned rally of Trump supporters, ongoing beat reporting energizes reporters who are direct lines of information and analysis to the wider public. The day spiraled into a full attack on the Capitol, sending lawmakers and many citizens into a tailspin of outrage, horror and fear. ... More

Moving Forward: webinar series for advertising & audience development

MDDC’s Moving Forward series positions news media organizations for the coming year by focusing on ways to increase reader engagement, highlight advertising and implement best practices. Webinars present concise, useful tips and knowledge that will help your publication. The limited class size promotes discussion and interactive activities. Join us for one or all of these FREE sessions. ... More

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