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Happy Holidays from MDDC incoming Board President, Brian Karem

As the incoming president of our organization I wanted to take this time to wish a very Happy Holidays to everyone.

As we enter 2019 the MDDC finds itself playing a pivotal role for our members and in a position to make a difference on two fronts that sorely need attention.

MDDC Welcomes Business Monthly

December 11, 2018
The Business Monthly was approved for active membership by the MDDC Board of Directors at its December meeting. Founded in 1992, The Business Monthly is a primary source of news, Business Monthly Logoinformation, affirmation, advocacy and guidance in the community. The Business Monthly is the biggest selling monthly newspaper in Howard and Anne Arundel Counties.

MDDC Welcomes Baltimore Beat

December 11, 2018
The Baltimore Beat was approved for active membership by the MDDC Board of Directors at its December meeting. The Baltimore Beat, formerly a print alternative weekly, returns as a nonprofit, community-facing, Baltimore Beat logoadvocacy journalism website and e-newsletter with a focus on local news from the perspective of the working-class, social justice issues, the cutting-edge of the arts scene and thoughtful, deeply-reported long form journalism.

2019 Programs:  Call for sessions and topics

Building on our successful News with Integrity Annual Conference program, MDDC is soliciting program proposals and training ideas for our annual conference and celebration in May as well as a new advertising program in the early spring and the editorial program in the fall. Have a speaker or program to propose? We want to hear from you!

MDDC condemns actions of White House for revoking press credentials of CNN’s Acosta

Protecting Journalists Conference October 23

Increasingly, journalists find themselves and their profession under attack, both figuratively and literally.
Protecting Journalists Conference
Join MDDC for lively panels on how journalists can gather information in this current climate, and how newsrooms can assess threats and safety to their reporters.

Highlights of the program:

Vetoing journalists hurts public debate

9/18/2018 - Jealous campaign should lift veto of Tamela Baker from debate panel.
Maryland citizens will have one opportunity to hear the candidates for governor debate. Monday, September 24, Ben Jealous and Larry Hogan will face off to discuss the issues. Many Maryland news outlets will be on hand to report on the debate, informing and providing context for the public, and representatives from a handful of news organizations will be on the debate panel. One reporter, however, will not be on the panel. Tamela Baker, of The Herald-Mail in Hagerstown, was vetoed from participating in the panel of questioners by Democratic candidate Ben Jealous.

The MDDC Press Association is outraged that Baker, an award-winning journalist covering Maryland politics for decades for The Herald-Mail

Newsprint tariffs:  What’s next?

The International Trade Commission voted 5-0 on August 29th to reverse the newsprint tariffs that have increased newsprint costs by about 30% since January. This is a huge win for newspapers and local communities across the country. But what happens next?

Dewey Beach arrests open government advocate

Last week, a citizen of Dewey Beach, DE, was arrested for theft of a draft audit report which was handed out at the town's Audit Committee meeting. Jeffrey Smith, a long-time open government advocate who has been closely watching the work of Dewey Beach's Audit Committee, received the report at the committee meeting and took it with him at the conclusion of the meeting. Reporters from the Cape Gazette and other news outlets were also present at the meeting and received the same report. After the meeting, the committee chair demanded the draft report be returned. Reporters complied, after making a copy of the report. Jeffrey Smith did not comply.

Senator Carper meets with Delaware State News

August 14, 2018
Delaware's Senator Tom Carper met with representatives from Independent Newsmedia Inc.'s printing and executive teams and MDDC on Tuesday to discuss the ramifications of the newsprint tariffs in effect since January 2018. The story is not pretty. MDDC members have seen newsprint costs rise by about 30% over an eight-nine month period. For instance, INI is spending about $40,000 more PER MONTH on newsprint than it was just one year ago, for less paper. Senator Carper and his staffers educated themselves on this issue and understand how it affects local communities.

The Business Monthly Sold to New Publisher

August 9, 2018
The Business Monthly, the biggest selling business publication in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, has changed hands.


Daniel Medinger, an experienced publisher and media executive, has purchased the venerable publication and its digital outlets from current owners Becky Mangus and Cathy Yost. The transaction, that was signed Aug. 6, 2018, takes effect Sept. 1, 2018.

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