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Winners of the Editorial Contest announced

Congratulations to the winners of the MDDC Editorial Contest! This contest showcases the best journalism and design in the region
, all from MDDC member news organizations. This year's competition had over 2000 entries, with some categories having over 100 entries. We will celebrate all of the winners May 12 at the Editorial Awards Luncheon party.

What is best for public notice?

In a recent article in Columbia Journalism Review, Liena Zagare and Ben Smith argue that local governments should move public notice and other civic advertising from newspapers to local-news websites like their own BKLYNER.

Alexandra Marquez wins High School Journo of the Year

Commitment to journalism and an ability to engage and motivate her peers, coupled with talented writing propelled Montgomery Blair High School senior Alexandra Marquez to being named the 2017 Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year. Alexandra is currently the editor-in-chief of Silver Chips, the student newspaper of Silver Spring, MD high school Montgomery Blair. The runner-up was Caroline Cooney, of John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland.

MD Legislative Wrap-up

The Press Association focused on several issues this past session in Maryland. Overall, it was a successful session for our concerns. MDDC provides expert testimony and advocates for our members in the following areas:
Transparency in government, Reporters' access, Public notice, and Business issues. How did MDDC's legislative initiatives fare? Read our MD Legislative wrap-up.

2017 Reese Cleghorn Interns Announced

Three journalism students have been selected as interns for the summer of 2017. The Reese Cleghorn Internship program hires outstanding student journalists to intern in MDDC member newsrooms each summer. These interns were selected from a pool of highly-qualified applicants. All are from the University of Maryland, College Park. The intern selection committee reviewed the initial applications, which included a personal essay, published clips and educational and professional references. The committee narrowed the field and conducted a panel interview with each candidate.

JAWS group forming in Baltimore

posted April 14, 2017
A group focused on women journalists is forming in Baltimore. The first gathering of the Baltimore Journalism and Women Symposium - JAWS – chapter will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday May 4 held at Points South Latin Kitchen, 1640 Thames St. in Fells Point, 21231. Our guest speaker with be Rebecca Snyder, executive director of the Maryland Delaware DC Press Association

Member updates needed by April 18th

It is time to update your publication(s) profile for MDDC’s editorial awards & member directory publication! This is a coveted publication that is prized by recipients. I hand it out to all legislators in Maryland, Delaware and DC, mail it to over 100 advertising agencies and all the chamber of commerce executives in the region. Every member and awards party attendee will also receive it. People keep this publication for a very long time, because it is the only place to profile media across the region.

Qualify your advertising prospects

By John Foust, Raleigh, NC
You may have heard the old story about the door-to-door salesman who was selling vacuum cleaners way out in the country. When a lady came to the door, he dramatically emptied a bag of dirt onto the floor and boasted, “Ma’am, if this vacuum cleaner doesn’t get rid of every speck of this dirt, I’ll eat it.” She said, “Come on in. We don’t have electricity.”

Can reporters balance activism and objectivity?

Professional and student journalists debated whether reporters could be activists as well as objective during a panel discussion March 30 hosted by MDDC and the Salisbury University SPJ chapter.

Opinion:  Not always sunny in Maryland

Rebecca Snyder, MDDC Executive Director
Maryland’s patchwork of neighborhoods, towns, and municipalities create a diverse and wonderful landscape. From the smallest towns to the largest counties, there is a place for everyone. What is our biggest strength can also be our greatest challenge. With so many different local governments in play — 181 in all — each with its own set of customs and policies, citizens can easily become confused when trying to access information about their communities.

In honor of Sunshine Week, March 12-18, the MDDC Press Association convened a collaborative reporting project that involved many of our members. Reporters audited local government websites and examined the type of information readily available. In a nutshell, the diversity of Maryland that we celebrate also translates into an uneven quality of accessible government information. The full report is here [link to MDDC or to own localized coverage]. It falls to the news media to help make sense of this disjointed information.

Beyond the basics: Details, documents sometimes elusive on local government websites

Andy Schotz, The Frederick News-Post
If you need to find your local government office in Maryland, there’s a good chance the address is on the web.

But if you want to know when the office is open, the answer might be trickier to find online. Journalists reviewing local government websites for a new Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association study found that basic detail less than 60 percent of the time.
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