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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.

Ongoing response to Capital Gazette shooting

MDDC response to Capital Gazette tragedy

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support and emotion as our colleagues and friends at the Capital Gazette and Baltimore Sun Media Group pick up the pieces after the tragedy last week at the Capital Gazette offices. Journalists and supporters of a free press were shaken. Our members are taking a deep look at security procedures and how they interact with their communities. MDDC is responding as well.

Honor the fallen by doing our job

Brian Karem, executive editor of The Sentinels and MDDC vice-president
During the American Revolution community newspapers in the embryonic country bound citizens together with provocative editorials and news of the day as citizens rose up to break free of the tyranny of a King. Many newspapers published the Declaration of Independence and helped to popularize the founding principles of our nascent country.
The Tories saw the news as divisive and slanted.
The Patriots proclaimed freedom of speech against despotic rule.
During the Civil War community newspapers in a divisive country kept track of the dead, the battles and helped inform citizens with editorials and news often seen as opinionated and slanted.

Attack on Capital Gazette shocks journo community

Thursday, five staffers of the Capital Gazette were killed while serving their community in a planned attack by a gunman with a grudge against the paper. In minutes, over 75 years of newspaper experience vanished and nearly a quarter of the staff is gone. Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith did what thousands of our members do every day. Go to work and try and put out the best news and publication possible. Their deaths have sent shock waves through the tight-knit journalism community and through the nation. What can we do?
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