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Newsprint tariff fly-in to DC June 13-14

Publishers and other newspaper executives know more than anyone about the impact of newsprint tariffs on your newspaper’s ability to provide news and information to your local community. You are in the best position to explain the impact on your business, employees, advertisers and readers.

MDDC will be there as well, representing our members. We are asking each member to take action.

MDDC announces winners of contest at News with Integrity conference

May 14, 2018
(Annapolis, MD) – Members and supporters of the Maryland | Delaware | DC Press Association came together today at a program to highlight news with integrity and excellence in journalism by recognizing the winners of the Contest, which celebrates print and online work completed in 2017. Attendees also heard from Congressman Jamie Raskin, of Maryland’s 8th district, Philip Rucker, part of the Pulitzer prize-winning team at the Washington Post, and Rebecca Frank, director of research and insights at News Media Alliance.

Jim Lockwood elevates the art of public notice journalism

By Teri Saylor for the Public Notice Resource Center, April 26, 2018
Examining the public notice display in newspapers, their tombstone layout and dry legalese may not appear to be riveting journalism. But scratch beneath the surface and you may find a treasure trove of great stories.

Just ask Jim Lockwood, a reporter at the Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune, who has won numerous awards for stories gleaned from perusing the public notices in his own newspaper, a practice he started early in his career as a reporter in New Jersey. Public notice advertisements are Lockwood’s go-to resource for everyday reporting.

“In New Jersey, we ran the municipal and school board budgets, and they would take up an entire page,” he said in a recent phone interview. “As a young reporter, I came to rely on those budgets for story ideas, background and facts.”

That’s also when he started clipping those budgets and other notices and filing them away for easy reference.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Philip Rucker keynotes News with Integrity

Among the highlights of MDDC's annual conference, News with Integrity, will be the keynote address from Philip Rucker,
Philip Rucker
2018 Pulitzer prize winner and Washington Post White House bureau chief. News with Integrity brings together over 200 journalists and media professionals from news organizations across Maryland, Delaware and DC on May 11 in Annapolis to hear from insightful speakers, discuss issues important to the industry, and celebrate award-winning work from across the region.

George W. Wilbanks, East County Times’ founder, dies at 85

by Marge Neal, East County Times (https://eastcountytimesonline.com/current-news)
George Washington Wilbanks III, a successful eastern Baltimore County businessman whose ventures ranged from carpet manufacturing, sales and distribution to newspaper publishing, died of kidney failure on Feb. 28. He was 85.

Mr. Wilbanks was the owner and founding publisher of the East County Times.

MDDC welcomes The Town Courier to the Association

The MDDC Board voted to accept The Town Courier to active membership.

Delaware FBI Citizens Academy accepts applications until February 23

The Baltimore Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is hosting the Delaware Citizens Academy for five sessions this spring. The application deadline is February 23.

Binding archive issues

Courtesy of David Thompson, Kentucky Press Association
If you use The Lewis Company in Georgia for binding your issues, chances are you have received a letter that the company is discontinuing its operation at the end of the year. That’s according to a letter from Bobbie Lewis who owns the company.

2018 Reese Cleghorn Interns announced

Star ad rep, former Daily Times sports editor Rick Cullen dies

From the Seaford Star, Mike McClure, editor
Rick Cullen, an advertising representative for Morning Star Publications, Inc., passed away at his home last Friday. Cullen began working for the Star newspapers on July 6, 1999
Rick Cullen
and continued to work for the western Sussex papers until his death.

#KnowLocal

From National Newspaper Association, January 2018
A nationwide newspaper readership survey, commissioned by National Newspaper Association, was conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research of Harrisburg, PA, in early 2017. The company completed telephone surveys with 1,000 households across the country. A key takeaway from the readership survey is that the community newspaper remains the No. 1 source for local news and information as well as local advertising and shopping information. Sometimes, we take that fact for granted and tend to gloss over it. We need to do more to promote the strong local brand that we maintain.
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