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MDDC welcomes TheBayNet

March 22, 2019
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2018 MDDC Contest Winners

The Maryland | Delaware | DC Press Association is proud to announce the winners of the annual Contest in the list below. These winners represent the best work of member publications in Maryland, Delaware and DC. Publications are divided into seven categories based on circulation, plus a special division for SPJ members. Entries are judged, in most cases, by a sister press association. Celebrate this award-winning work at the Annual Conference, Local News Builds Communities, Friday, May 10th at the Doubletree by Hilton in Annapolis. ... More

The public has a Right to Know in Borzilleri v. Mosby

Today, a sitting State's Attorney will go on trial in a case of vital interest to the public: Can the government retaliate against those who have differing political opinions?

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is slated to stand trial in a civil case, Borzilleri v. Mosby, in Baltimore Circuit Court in front of Judge Gregory Sampson. The case stems from a lawsuit by a line prosecutor who was fired for supporting Mosby's political opponent. The case was initially brought in federal court, and the line prosecutor lost, but it was brought again on new grounds in state court, and a judge said it should proceed. ... More

MDDC welcomes A Miner Detail

March 14, 2019
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MDDC welcomes The Georgetowner

March 8, 2019
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Public notices are a critical part of civic transparency

MDDC members stand for transparency in government actions. Public notices are key to transparency, along with FOIA and Open Meetings laws because they prevent official actions from occurring in secret. Public notices serve to make the wider public aware of actions that may affect or interest them.

The government should not be the sole provider of information about its activities, no matter the publication format. Neutral, third party notice creates independence for government where they have a stake in the results of the notice. For example, just as the courts wouldn’t accept Wells Fargo being solely responsible for giving notice of foreclosure proceedings to property owners, since they are a party to the case and have a financial interest in its outcome, taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to rely on notice about a meeting to raise property taxes from a local government’s website. In that instance, the local government is a is a conflicted party as it stands to either gain or lose based on the meeting outcome. ... More

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