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MDDC Condemns Baltimore Mayor’s actions

Posted October 14, 2016
Earlier this week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake barred WYPR reporter P. Kenneth Burns from all future briefings held after the Board of Estimates meetings. The MDDC Press Association strongly condemns Mayor Rawlings Blake’s action. The role of the press is critical to a strong democratic process. Barring reporters from events shows a willful disregard for informing Baltimore citizens about matters of public policy. Mayor Rawlings-Blake should not dismiss a reporter because she doesn’t like the questions being asked; being questioned on matters of policy is part and parcel of leading the city. Further, her allegations of consistently threatening and intimidating behavior are without merit, as Burns had not received any warnings or other indication that his behavior during his long-time coverage of city government was not appropriate. We respectfully ask that the ban on Mr. Burns be lifted immediately. ... More

Urge Congress to reform Postal Service

Posted October 14, 2016
Does your publication deliver by U.S. mail? Make sure your voice is heard as Congress considers reforms to the Postal Service. ... More

Strengthen Light in Maryland

Posted October 14, 2016
Maryland’s citizens have the right to know how government transacts business on their behalf. To help set this culture of openness, Maryland legislators created the Public Information Act in 1970, followed by the Open Meetings Act in 1977. There are two volunteer boards that provide an outlet for citizen complaints relating to these Acts and serve as an alternate or intermediate step before a dispute is taken to court. The Open Meetings Compliance board was refreshed with new board members in 2015, and issues non-binding advisory opinions. Members of the newly-created Public Information Act Compliance Board were appointed in Spring 2016. That board reviews complaints regarding fees over $350 for information under the Public Information Act. ... More

Going to a networking event?

Posted October 11, 2016
Act like a host! John Foust of Ad-Libs, provides tips to make your next networking event your best yet. ... More

Friday wrap up October 7, 2016

Posted October 7, 2016
Reese Cleghorn Internship Applications open, DeWayne Wickham Collection debuts at the Enoch Pratt Library and more ... More

New laws take effect in Maryland

September 30, 2016
Protecting student journalists' rights. Tweaks to the Open Meetings Act. Three of MDDC's legislative initiatives will take effect October 1, 2016. Here's what you need to know. ... More
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