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ExPress Newsletter - February 2015

News & Updates

Executive Director Update

Here at MDDC, we are coordinating contests and awards and getting ready for our signature events, all with the backdrop of legislative seasons. Read the full update.

Legislative update

The Government Affairs committee will host a legislative update call on February 27th at 10 am to provide a mid-session update for MD, DE and DC.  In April, the Committee will host a First 100 Days panel with Governor Hogan and cabinet members.  This will be an exciting event - more details will follow.  PIA reform is a strong focus, as is keeping public notice in newspapers.  We are also working on a bill to protect journalists from being compelled to testify out of state.  Read more about that bill here.

Member Services

Legal Hotline

This month, a member asked if advertisements with "Public Auction" in them need to have a licensed auctioneer involved.  Additionally, does there need to be a license or permit number in the ad?  The experts at Holland & Knight, who handle the hotline, did not find any provision in Maryland law that would require the newspaper to include the customer's license or permit number in advertising public auctions.  Do you have a question for the Hotline?

The Hotline provides legal advice to members on ad and news content, including pre-publication review for libel and the related torts, news-gathering issues such as trespass or invasion of privacy, copyright and trademark protection, on courts access, open records and open meetings.  Call Rebecca Snyder at 855-721-6332, ext 3 and she will connect you with our experts.  To read more about the hotline, click here.

Career Center

Looking for your next opportunity?  See all the media jobs in the region - we've pulled all the listings together in one place. 

Upcoming Professional Development

Mark your calendars:

March 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Social media reporting tools – panel discussion.  Co-sponsored with Society for Professional Journalists, Maryland - Pro Chapter.  O'Callaghan's Hotel, Annapolis, MD  More information here.
March 12, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Webinar:  Copyright and Fair Use in the Newsroom, with special attention to social media, presented by Adrianna Rodriguez, Holland & Knight ($25 members, $35 non-members)  More information here.

Member & Affiliate News

  • Congratulations to Mike Kilian, Executive Editor of The Daily Times in Salisbury.  As of March 1, he will be the News Director for the Cincinnati Enquirer, a Gannett publication.  While The Daily Times searches for his replacement, the interim Executive Editor will be Laura Benedict Sileo . 
  • Affiliate members of MDDC receive wonderful benefits of membership, including special recognition in our Friday Planner emails, the ability to network with and meet industry professionals and inclusion in our Vendor Resource guide.  Check out the benefits of affiliate membership here

Industry Perspectives & Information

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship Program: Coming to terms: A journalist’s definition of native advertising - Jaci Smith, with the Faribault Daily News, is pursuing a Reynolds Fellowship right now where she’s studying trends in native trends and their applications for small-and-medium-sized media companies. In her latest blog post, she attempts to define various terms from a journalist’s perspective. She says "journalists should be taking the lead in defining native advertising and creating and implementing its ethical guidelines." 

John Foust's Ad Libs column details how to use numbers in headlines.  Are you using these 9 ways to create compelling headlines?  Read the full article here.

Kevin Slimp shares preliminary results from his recent Publishers' Survey.  Read the full article here.

On our calendar

Look for MDDC's weekly Friday Planner for up to date information about upcoming events.

February 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board’s Teleconference Meeting.  The public may attend by calling this toll free dial-in number -  (866) 247-6034  - and entering this conference code:    432-858-8680 #.   Members of the public are asked to refrain from speaking unless the Chair asks for comments and then to identify themselves clearly.
February 27, 2015, 10 -10:30 a.m. (Members only) - Legislative update members-only conference call
March 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., O'Callaghan's Hotel, Annapolis, MD - Social media reporting tools – panel discussion.  Co-sponsored with Society for Professional Journalists, Maryland - Pro Chapter.
March 12, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Webinar - Newsroom Liability Law 101, with special attention to social media, presented by Adrianna Rodriguez, Holland & Knight ($25 members, $35 non-members)
March 26, 2015, 2:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m. (Conference call, Committee members only) - Editorial Committee meeting

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